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of Premier and Cabinet
“The first thing you need
for leadership is clarity.
What your objectives are,
what you’re trying to achieve,
where you’re going.
The second is capability.
Do the people have the
capabilities, the right attitudes,
the right skills, the right
behaviours? Thirdly, do we
create an environment as
leaders that support people
so they can do their job?”
Throughout her 30 year career, Mary Ann
O’Loughlin AM, has applied and innovated the
principles of economics and behavioural science
towards achieving social policy outcomes.
She has held a number of senior executive
positions in the public sector including: Executive
Councillor and Head of Secretariat, COAG
Reform Council; First Assistant Secretary,
Social Policy Division, Department of Prime
Minister and Cabinet, and Deputy Secretary,
Commonwealth Department of Employment,
Education and Training. She was also Senior
Adviser (Social Policy) to Prime Minister Paul
Keating. In the private sector, Ms O’Loughlin’s
positions have included Executive Director,
Management Consulting, KPMG, and Director,
Allen Consulting Group. As Deputy Secretary,
Social Policy, NSW Department of Premier and
Cabinet, Ms O’Loughlin’s responsibilities include
advising on health, education, community
services, justice and counter terrorism.
In 2010, Ms O’Loughlin was made a National
Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration
Australia, and in 2013, was appointed a Member
of the Order of Australia for significant service
to public administration and social policy.