Deputy Secretaries


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

Deputy Secretaries

Martin Hehir

Mr Martin Hehir, Deputy Secretary – Workplaces and Small Business Cluster

Martin took up the role of Deputy Secretary, Workplaces and Small Business, in October 2018 after holding the position of Deputy Secretary, Employment since 2014. Martin also served as Deputy Secretary at the Department of Education and the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Prior to these engagements Martin was the Director-General of the Community Services Directorate, ACT Government.

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, Deputy Secretary – Corporate Cluster

Dr Charker is the Deputy Secretary – Corporate Cluster at the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

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

Dr Charker 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. 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.

Nathan Smyth

Nathan Smyth, Deputy Secretary – Employment Cluster

Mr Smyth is the Deputy Secretary – Employment Cluster at the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

Prior to joining the Department of Jobs and Small Business, he held the position of First Assistant Secretary, Western Sydney Unit, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development with oversight for the planning, construction and financing of the second Sydney airport.

Mr Smyth has held senior positions at the Department of Finance, the Department of Health, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Mr Smyth holds a Bachelor Degree (Political Science) from the University of NSW and a Master of Business Administration.