Management and administration mentors
Manager, Structural Reform Group
Jarrod joined the Department of Defence as an Army Reserve Officer in December 2003 and was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery in 2006. He began his career in the Australian Public Service in September 2008.
During his time with Defence, Jarrod has held positions in the Associate Secretary Group, Capability Development Group, Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group and the Army, predominantly in project management and executive support roles.
Jarrod was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in September 2016, into his current position as Assistant Secretary Enterprise Reform, and is responsible for assuring the implementation of the First Principles Review across the Defence Organisation.
Originally from Hobart, Tasmania, Jarrod is married with 2 children and a Labrador (who considers herself Jarrod’s third child).
Jarrod’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degree from University of Tasmania and an Executive Masters in Business Administration (Complex Project Management) from Queensland University of Technology.
Jarrod is the Chair of the Gungahlin Jets Football Club. Jarrod’s interests include supporting the mighty Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Australian Football League, cricket, baseball and spending quality time with his family.
Australian Government Actuary
The Australian Government Actuary provides advice to government departments and agencies throughout the Australian public sector and overseas. In addition, as part of The Treasury in Australia, we provide technical and related policy advice across a diverse range of areas including public sector employee benefits, retirement incomes, insurance, risk management and to support the prudential supervision of the financial services sector.
Based in Canberra, Guy Thorburn was appointed to the role of Australian Government Actuary in April 2017.
Director, Applications Support
Department of Employment
I am currently a director at the Department of Employment. My speciality is ICT, but I have worked as a civil engineer, as a market research analyst, as a business intelligence specialist, as the director of a department’s Project Management Office, and in government policy and program delivery.
I have worked in both the private and public sectors, and have played a part in developing ICT strategy, and building departmental ICT capability from scratch.
I didn’t find it easy transitioning from being a university student to being a full time employee, nor did I find it easy to transition from working in the private industry to being a public servant like I am today.
Now I think being a public servant is a rewarding experience, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope that by sharing some of my journey I can help others find their groove in their professional career.
Program Manager of 2106 Census
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Duncan Young lead the 2016 Census of Population and Housing, Australia's largest peacetime, logistical undertaking. He is passionate about his role in encouraging the use of Census data to encourage more informed decision making in Australia.
Duncan has undertaken a range of technology and statistical leadership roles at the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Statistics New Zealand over the last seventeen years. Duncan has received the Australian Government Young ICT Professional of the Year, the Young Public Sector Leader Award and the Australian Statistician's Annual Award.
In addition to his role in Australia, Duncan has worked with the UN to provide on the ground assistance to Censuses in Vietnam and Myanmar, and was on the expert group for the development for the UN's manual for the 2020 round of Censuses. Duncan was also on the UK’s Beyond Census 2011 International Review Panel.
Duncan is now Program Manager of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.
Assistant Secretary, Supplier Analysis
Department of Defence