Change to Secretary arrangements
13 March 2015
Dr Paul Grimes PSM will step down as Secretary 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 the 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.