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9 Jul, 2020

Conversations at Government House: Ms Sharyn O’Neill, State Recovery Controller – WA Public Sector Commissioner

Conversations at Government House is an ongoing series to facilitate discussion on a range of topics of community importance.

In this conversation, the Governor sat down with Ms Sharyn O’Neill, State Recovery Controller and WA Public Sector Commissioner to find out more about her background, her role as State Recovery Controller, and her thoughts on Western Australia’s recovery from COVID-19 including the health, economic and social impacts.

“It is a great privilege to undertake this role to harness all the efforts and resources around recovery. I am very mindful of the responsibility I have to provide Western Australians with a way towards recovery that is practical and realistic.

This is not just a job but also a personal commitment.” Ms O’Neill

Editorial note: This conversation was filmed on 2nd July 2020. We send our support to our neighbours on the east coast currently facing new and tighter restrictions with increasing COVID-19 cases. The Governor, and the Office of the Governor, encourage all Western Australians to continue to follow the latest COVID-19 advice from the WA Government.

About the Commissioner

Sharyn O’Neill was appointed as Commissioner on 30 July 2018 following 12 years as Director General of the Department of Education. She is the first woman to undertake the role. Ms O’Neill’s priority as Commissioner is to strengthen and unify the public sector to better serve the needs of the community. She is leading a major reform agenda with a focus on leadership, talent, diversity, workforce, integrity and capability.

Ms O’Neill began her career as a teacher and deputy principal in country schools before moving to policy, governance and system leadership positions in education. She has a Master of Education (Education Administration and Policy). She was awarded the Institute of Public Administration Australia (WA) Patron’s Award in 2016 and the Australian College of Educators (WA) Medal in 2019. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Conversations at Government House 

The inaugural Conversations at Government House took place on Friday, 25th October 2019 in the Government House Ballroom with an arts and culture focus. The forum welcomed revered stars of the screen and stage, Mr Nicholas Hammond and Ms Robyn Nevin to discuss the significance of telling Australian stories through artistic expression, and their distinguished careers in theatre, film and television. Read more

In May 2020, the Governor sat down with Emeritus Professor Colleen Hayward AM to discuss Whadjuk place names and meanings around the Perth CBD, the journey to reconciliation and how new perspectives can be drawn from our experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the conversation here

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