New Deputy Secretary for Children

The new Deputy Secretary for Children, Mr Tony Kemp, has commenced work at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Mr Kemp has over 20 years' experience working in children and youth services.

He began his career in social work in his native Ireland and has proven his ability to translate leadership results to the Australian context.

He joins the DHHS from the Department for Education and Child Development in South Australia where he had been Director of Practice, Policy and Corporate Services since 2010.

A qualified social worker, Mr Kemp has recently held academic roles at Flinders University and before that was a self-employed director of social care research company, Nucleus Australia.

Thanks to Dr Susan Diamond who acted as the Deputy Secretary for Children while the recruitment process was undertaken. 

Dr Diamond demonstrated outstanding leadership during her time acting in this position, as well as commitment and dedication.   

Mr Kemp's appointment follows the appointment in July 2013 of Ms Liz O'Malley as Director, Children and Youth Services (CYS) Operations. 

Ms O'Malley is an experienced social work manager and brings to the role more than 15 years experience in the Children and Youth Services sector.

These recent appointments in CYS mean we are well placed to continue to progress the many important reforms to assist and support our most vulnerable children, young people and their families.