2016 AASE/PASS Conference

The 2016 AASE/PASS Conference was opened today by Gill Callister. Gill commenced as Secretary of the Victorian Department of Education and Training 1st January, 2015.


Before joining the Department, Gill was Secretary of the Department of Human Services (2009 to 2014) and led policy, legislative and service delivery reform. In this role, Gill led an organisation of more than 11,000 staff with an annual budget of approximately $4 billion. She was responsible for the delivery of child protection, disability, youth, housing and family violence services.


Gill began her career in the community sector serving disadvantaged Victorians. Gill then led child protection, family services and mental health units with the Department of Human Services and, in 2009, was Deputy Secretary at Skills Victoria. Gill was a Board Member of the Swinburne Council from 2010-2012.


Gill is President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria). Her leadership in public policy was recognised in 2013 when she was named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, and received a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship to attend Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In October, 2014, Gill was awarded the IPAA National Fellowship award and a Monash University Fellowship.