Steve Sedgwick (public servant)

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Steve Sedgwick

Secretary of the Department of Finance
In office
9 February 1992 – 17 January 1997
Secretary of the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs
In office
18 January 1997 – 21 October 1998
Secretary of the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs
In office
21 October 1998 – 26 November 2001
Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training
In office
26 November 2001 – 18 January 2002
Australian Public Service Commissioner
In office
2009 – 13 December 2014 (2014-12-13)
Personal details
Born
Stephen Thomas Sedgwick

(1950-02-08) 8 February 1950 (age 69)
NationalityAustralia Australian
Alma materUniversity of Sydney (BEc hons)
London School of Economics
OccupationPublic servant

Stephen Thomas Sedgwick, AO (born 8 February 1950) is a retired senior Australian public servant. He is best known for his time as Australian Public Service Commissioner between 2009 and 2014, and for his prior appointments as secretary of various departments in the Australian Public Service.

Life and career[edit]

Steve Sedgwick was born on 8 February 1950.[1]

In 1985, Sedgwick was appointed as a senior economic advisor to Prime Minister Bob Hawke.[1] In September 1988, Sedgwick resigned from the role and took up a position as a Deputy Secretary of the Department of Finance.[1]

He was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Finance in February 1992,[2] after having acted in the role since January 1992.[3] In 1997, he moved from the finance department to the secretary heading the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (later Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs and then Department of Education, Science and Training).[1][4][5]

Between 2002 and 2007, Sedgwick was a Director, nominated by the Australian Government, on the Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank based in Manila.[6]

In December 2009, on the recommendation of the Rudd Government, Sedgwick was appointed Australian Public Service Commissioner.[7] He finished his term on 13 December 2014.[8]

Sedgwick is a member of the Jawun board.[8][9]

In April 2016 Sedgwick was commissioned to conduct a review into bankers' pay and commissions;[10] and recommended the termination of bonus payments to retail bank employees that are linked to sales performance.[11][12]

Awards[edit]

In 2001, Sedgwick received a Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through public service leadership.[13] Sedgwick was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in June 2012.[14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d CP 510: Stephen Thomas SEDGWICK, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 28 March 2014
  2. ^ CA 2140: Department of Finance [I], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 28 March 2014
  3. ^ Keating, Paul (19 January 1992). "Acting Secretary, Department of Finance" (Press release). Archived from the original on 27 March 2014.
  4. ^ Howard, John (18 January 2002). "Senior Appointments – Departmental Secretaries" (Press release). Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Mr Steve Sedgwick, currently the Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training, will be appointed to a very senior position, details of which are being finalised and will be announced before 18 January 2002
  5. ^ Howard, John (29 December 1996). "Appointment of Departmental Secretaries" (Press release). Archived from the original on 3 February 2014.
  6. ^ Peter Costello,'Nomination of Australian Director to Asian Development Bank', (press release), January 2002.
  7. ^ Rudd, Kevin (10 December 2009). "Australian Public Service Commissioner" (Press release). Archived from the original on 27 March 2014.
  8. ^ a b Thomson, Phillip (21 November 2014). "Public Service Commissioner Stephen Sedgwick to stand down". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 25 January 2015.
  9. ^ Board & CEO, Jawun, archived from the original on 9 February 2011
  10. ^ Rose, Sally; Shapiro, Jonathan (12 July 2016). "Bankers' pay to be reviewed by former public service cop Stephen Sedgwick". Financial Review. Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  11. ^ Frost, James (19 April 2017). "Banks forced to scrap bonus pay schemes linked wholly to sales targets". Financial Review. Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  12. ^ Uribe, Alice (29 July 2018). "Stephen Sedgwick says bank culture can't be regulated 'from the outside'". Financial Review. Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  13. ^ Search Australian Honours: SEDGWICK, Stephen Thomas, Australian Government, archived from the original on 28 March 2014
  14. ^ Search Australian Honours: SEDGWICK, Stephen Thomas, Australian Government, archived from the original on 28 March 2014

References and further reading[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Michael Keating
Secretary of the Department of Finance
1992–1997
Succeeded by
Peter Boxall
Preceded by
Sandy Hollway
Secretary of the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs
Succeeded by
Peter Shergold
as Secretary of the Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs
Secretary of the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs
1998–2001
Succeeded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs
Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Peter Shergold
Preceded by
Lynelle Briggs
Australian Public Service Commissioner
2009–2014
Succeeded by
John Lloyd