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Robyn Gae McKay

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) ANU 1972
Bachelor of Economics (Hons) ANU 1984

Career highlights

  • Acting Deputy Secretary, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2006 - 2009
  • Chair, Australian Government Disaster Recovery Committee 2007-2008
  • Australian Delegation to OECD Paris 2002-2005
  • Led Families and Children Group, Department of Family and Community Services 1998-2002
  • Led project for the first Commonwealth accrual budget, Department of Finance 1998
  • Economic, labour market and higher education policy and program management, Department of Employment, Education and Training 1988-1995
  • Labour adjustment policy for the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement, Employment and Immigration, Canada 1986-1988
  • Thirty years in social policy in Australia, UK and Canada

Career philosophy

"Have a career plan, but be flexible. Take opportunities, especially in other governments, international organisations and community groups, even if the timing is not perfect. Think Laterally, making new connections between people and ideas. Above all do what you love doing, that seems worthy of your energies. The link between social and economic policy are complex, fascinating, and matter for economic growth, so I keep doing social policy."

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