Deputy Secretaries


Information on the Deputy Secretaries at the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

Deputy Secretaries

Sandra Parker

Sandra Parker PSM - Workplaces and Small Business

Sandra Parker’s role as the Deputy Secretary, Workplaces and Small Business is to facilitate jobs growth and workforce participation through workplace relations and work health and safety policies that promote fair, productive and safe workplaces. Sandra works closely with the employment portfolio’s statutory agencies – the Fair Work Commission, Fair Work Building and Construction, the Registered Organisations Commission, the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman, Comcare, Safe Work Australia, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

Sandra held the position of Deputy Secretary, Employment from 2010. The role included managing the Commonwealth’s outsourced employment programmes including mainstream and disability employment services, and leading labour market and income support policy.

For three years prior to this, Sandra was head of the Office of the Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC), a tripartite national body overseeing the establishment of national occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation policy and standards.

Sandra was promoted to senior executive level in the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2002, having held various policy and program management positions in the vocational education and training field, at Commonwealth and state government levels.

She began her career in education, with secondary teaching roles in Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and in London.

Sandra holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania and is a graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors. She is an alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Australia New Zealand School of Government.

Martin Hehir

Martin Hehir - Employment

Martin took up the role of Deputy Secretary, Employment, in August 2014 after holding a Deputy Secretary role in the Department of Education and the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations since 2012. Prior to this he was Director-General of the Community Services Directorate, ACT Government.

Martin has held a number of senior positions in other ACT Government agencies. He has played a key role in a number of Ministerial Advisory Councils and supported Ministers at Ministerial Council meetings covering Housing, Community and Disability Services, Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Employment, Education, Early Childhood, Training and Youth Affairs.

Martin holds an Economics Degree from the Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.

Dr Jill Charker

Dr Jill Charker - Corporate

Dr Jill Charker is the Deputy Secretary, Corporate, at the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

Prior to her current role, Jill was the Deputy Secretary, Programme Design, at the Department of Human Services. Jill has also held senior positions with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, ComSuper and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Jill holds a PhD from Griffith University, and a Class 1 Honours degree in psychology, majoring in statistics. In addition, she has completed an Executive Masters degree in Public Administration through the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Level 2 qualified executive coach through the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership.