​​Media Statement

Change to Secretary arrangements

13 March 2015

Dr Paul Grimes PSM will step down as Se​cretary of the Department of Agriculture.  This follows a report under the Public Service Act 1999 from the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, with which Dr Grimes agreed, that a relationship of strong mutual confidence between the Secretary and myself was not a realistic prospect.

I would like to acknowledge the longstanding contribution of Dr Grimes to public administration in this country at the Commonwealth, State and Territory levels.

I thank Dr Grimes for his work in my department and wish him well in his future endeavours.

Arrangements for t​he position of Secretary will be announced in due course. In the interim, an experienced Deputy Secretary from the Department, Mr Phillip Glyde, will continue to act as Secretary.