NSW public service reshuffle sees govt CIO replaced

NSW public service reshuffle sees govt CIO replaced

Summary: NSW's CIO will be replaced by the end of the month, due to a reshuffle in the state's senior public service roles.


NSW's government CIO Michael Coutts-Trotter will move from his position into another role, following NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell's decision to make two changes in its senior public service roles.

Coutts-Trotter is currently the director-general of the Department of Finance and Services, which also includes the position of state government CIO. After being in the role since 2007, his move to the Department of Family and Community Services as its director-general will leave the CIO position open for another public servant.

O'Farrell has already stated that Coutts-Trotter's old role will be filled by the director-general of the Department of Attorney-General and Justice Laurie Glanfield.

Glanfield has been in his current position since 1991, with the new position potentially to be his last as he approaches the age of retirement. Although his expertise lies primarily with law and not IT, O'Farrell said that his policy experience will be invaluable.

"While Mr Coutts-Trotter and Mr Glanfield have made excellent contributions in their past roles, my view is that our most experienced and senior public service talent should be mobile and able to contribute in a variety of senior leadership roles," he said in a statement.

In turn, the Department of Attorney-General and Justice will seek a new director-general, and will appoint Assistant Director-General Brendan Thomas to act in the role until a replacement is found.

The changes will come into effect from July 29.

Topics: Government AU, Government, Australia

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  • NSW Victims Services.

    I wonder who will be the next Director General for the NSW Attorney General and Justice?

    I will keep alert on the news for the department new DG, I hope a change of leadership will also change and improve the organisation's workplace culture, or at least within one of its agent NSW Victims Services.

    Change in Leadership. Does not mean change or improvement of organisation's workplace culture or government accountability, right? I will look forward to further news on the NSW Attorney General & Justice.
    Lily Baonhi Luong
  • Workplace bully blame target, damage target's career, promotion opportunity

    I was once been told that I am a very logical person - I don’t think I am smart at all nor am I better than anyone at all, as a matter of fact, I still have a lot to learn. No one is better than anyone because everyone’s unique.
    I have a question and would like someone to help me out to ensure that I am on the right track because I don't know if my understanding of the NSW agencies and department structure work this way. I appreciate public assistance to this puzzle. If Laurie Glanfield was the former NSW Director General of Attorney General & Justice who manages (you know) cases such as sexual harassment, victimization, race discrimination or workplace bullying - definitely not negative office politics because that is unethical, horrible but not illegal.

    Laurie Glanfield, the Director-General of Attorney General & Justice, also manages judges, magistrates, registrar at NSW Victims Services, legal officers at NSW Victims Services, Counselling Coordinators at NSW Victims Services and so for what if someone internal did something wrong or illegal then they can "control, manipulated, and dismiss" the case to protect their reputation and of course the budget (if any lawyers who takes up the case will get every penny of the compensation).
    Now, former Director-General of Attorney & Justice, again, Laurie Glanfield will have, and/or "control, manipulate, and dismiss" the amount of compensation to the victim's lawyer, or group of lawyers within NSW because - Isn't the Dept. of Finance and Services the agent that handles WorkCover and all that? Isn't that the Dept that handles the financial institutions,NSW Fair Trading etc.
    So that means Laurie Glanfield can control the outcome of an "INTERNAL LEGAL CASE" that the department HR and senior management cannot handle, and he can also control the outcome of an "INTERNAL LEGAL CASE'S COMPENSATION AMOUNT" to the NSW Lawyers.
    I don't know if this can happen or not. (Hmmmm.....) I hope not because if that is the case and the NSW legal systems is based on "negative office politics" and not based on merit or justice - then how do we get justice?? by........ oh never mind.
    This is an interesting publication - I will keep alert of (1) who will be the next DG of Attorney General and Justice in NSW. (2) What is the main reason behind the change of leadership when I think the Financial Services DG seems to do pretty well to me but then again there might be things that I don't know, and (3) Is it possible for legal professional executive management (like Laurie Glanfield) who shift from one department legal to another department finance and able to control, manipulate, and/or cor...r....u. (never mind) the outcome of internal legal cases and internal compensations to all of NSW lawyers.

    I need to research more on this.....appreciate others assistance on this topic.

    If this is the case and if they damage someone's career then they can just blame it on the person, control the legal and finance results of any internal cases. That's not fair then. Is this justice? when a public citizen commit a crime they get locked up by the NSW Attorney General and Justice but when someone in the NSW Attorney General and Justice commit a crime not only they get away with it, damage someone's career, make then start all over again, struggle financially and emotionally, but they can control the result.
    Lily Baonhi Luong
  • NZ government hope for more Vietnamese Student

    I have posted this article in relations to the above comments about the justice system of NSW

    New Zealand wants more VN students: Credited Vietnam News

    This article state that the NZ would like to have more Vietnamese students but will Vietnamese student be treated with respect, and fairness. What if someone in NZ or from NZ bullies a Vietnamese student, or Chinese-Vietnamese student - will the government jump in to and judge it and solve it with fairness. Or will they do what NSW Victims Services did by blaming the Chinese-Vietnamese girl for it so the bully from NZ and bully from Australia can get away with it?

    I hope for an answer from the NZ governor in relations to this matter. I would like to see if they will handle it differently to the NSW Victims Services.
    Lily Baonhi Luong