Deputy Secretaries


Information on the Deputy Secretaries at the Department of Employment.

Deputy Secretaries

Sandra Parker

Sandra Parker – Workplace Relations and Economic Strategy

Sandra Parker began her public service career in the ACT education and training sector in 1994 and moved to the Commonwealth in 1998. During that period, she spent a year working as a senior project officer with the Australian National Training Authority and a further year with an Industry Training Council.

Since joining the Commonwealth, she has held various policy and program positions in vocational education and training, social policy and workplace relations Sandra was head of the Office of the Australian Safety and Compensation Council from 2005-2008.

Prior to her current role Sandra was Deputy Secretary Employment in the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor – Employment

Prior to her current role, Jennifer was as Deputy Secretary Early Childhood, Working Age and Indigenous Participation in the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

From 2006 to 2009 Jennifer was the Chief Executive of the statutory agency, the Australian Fair Pay Commission Secretariat, located in Melbourne. The Secretariat provided support to the Commission through research and analysis, managing the extensive consultation and submission processes and monitoring and evaluating the impact of the Commission’s decisions.

Jennifer also held the role of Group Manager, Labour Market Strategies Group in DEEWR, with responsibility for economic and labour market analysis, and worked in a number of senior positions in the South Australian Government.