Deputy Secretaries


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

Deputy Secretaries

Sandra Parker

Jeremy O’Sullivan, Acting Deputy Secretary Workplaces and Small Business

Jeremy is the Acting Deputy Secretary Workplaces and Small Business at the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

Jeremy has over 25 years’ experience in government legal work, starting his legal career with the Australian Government Solicitor’s Office in 1990. Jeremy held senior legal roles in the Department of Finance and Administration before moving in 2000 to the former Department of Employment and Workplace Relations to take up a position as Senior Executive Lawyer in its Corporate Legal Group.

In 2004, Jeremy moved to the Workplace Relations Legal Group and, apart from a four-year stint as the department’s General Manager, has been its Chief Counsel since 2009.

Jeremy has been the senior legal manager and advisor to Government in respect of significant Government projects and issues such as the Employment Services tenders, the Ansett collapse, significant amendments to the Fair Work framework, including passage of two ‘double-dissolution trigger’ Bills, the Government’s response to the grounding of the Qantas fleet, and the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

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.