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Our executive

The Board of Management is the peak body in the department corporate governance structure, advising the Secretary on the management and administration of the department to ensure compliance with government directives, guidelines and legislation. It is responsible for integrating governance functions across the department and working collaboratively with portfolio agencies.

Board of Management


Rebecca Falkingham, Secretary

Rebecca has been Deputy Secretary, Social Policy and Service Delivery Reform at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Her achievements in that role included leading the establishment of Family Safety Victoria, the commencement of the Treaty process with Aboriginal Victorians and the ongoing transition of the National Disability and Insurance Scheme (NDIS).


Samuel Porter, Deputy Secretary, Regulation, Legal and Integrity

Sam has held a range of senior executive legal and policy roles in the Victorian Government. He joined the Department of Justice and Community Safety in 2018 as Executive Director, Criminal Law.

Prior to this, Sam worked at the Department of Treasury, where he was General Counsel, and the Department of Premier and Cabinet, where he led a program of public sector integrity reforms. Before joining the public service, Sam practised as a lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons, Melbourne and Linklaters, London.


Anna Faithfull, Deputy Secretary, Justice Policy and Data Reform 

Anna has most recently led the employment venture and advisory practice at Social Ventures Australia where she was responsible for testing and delivering innovative programmatic and policy approaches to support young people into meaningful study, work and training.

Anna has over ten years’ experience in government, leading and implementing whole of government reform including the government's response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the government's transition into the NDIS and jobs and employment policy. Anna completed her articles and practised as a commercial litigation lawyer at Arnold Bloch Leibler.


Peta McCammon, Deputy Secretary, Service Delivery Reform, Coordination and Workplace Safety

Peta has built a successful career over the last 18 years in the Victorian Public Service in the Department of Justice, the Department of Human Services, Treasury and Premier and Cabinet. Peta is committed to social policy reform and has most recently held executive positions supporting the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the implementation of the 227 Royal Commission recommendations into Family Violence.


Corri McKenzie, Deputy Secretary, Police, Fines and Crime Prevention

Corri has held several senior executive positions in social policy, service design and delivery in government and in the community sector. Prior to joining the public service, Corri was the General Manager of Community Services, Mission Australia and was also the Corporate Communications Manager at Google Australia and New Zealand. She has led reforms including the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, and the implementation of impact measurement and performance reporting in community services.


Kate Fitzgerald, Acting Deputy Secretary, Emergency Management (EMV)

Kate Fitzgerald is the Acting Chief Executive and Deputy Secretary, Emergency Management. The Chief Executive is responsible for the effective and efficient management and performance of Emergency Management Victoria.

Kate has an extensive public sector and emergency management career working at an executive level in state and federal government agencies.

Since arriving in Victoria in 2018, Kate has led reform projects in emergency management and policing including Resilient Recovery at Emergency Management Victoria and more recently the Victoria Police Enterprise Bargaining Agreement and establishment of the financial sustainability program.

Kate has been an active emergency services volunteer including with the ACT Rural Fire Service, NSW State Emergency Service and the Australian Red Cross and holds a Masters and Bachelor degree in emergency management.


Andrew Crisp, Emergency Management Commissioner 

As the Emergency Management Commissioner, Andrew has overall responsibility for coordination before, during and after major emergencies, including the management of consequences of an emergency. 

As the former Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner, Regional Operations, Andrew has almost 40 years’ policing experience in roles focused on community safety across metropolitan and regional Victoria and overseas, including key emergency management leadership positions.  

During his career, he has been involved in responses to several major incidents, such as the Ash Wednesday Bushfires, the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, Christchurch earthquake, Queensland floods and the 2017 Bourke Street Tragedy. 


Andrew Minack, Deputy Secretary, Corporate Governance and Support

Andrew Minack has had an extensive public sector career working at an executive level in a number of state and local government agencies. Most recently he was Deputy Secretary, Emergency Management. 

He has also been responsible for leading the work on a number of highly complex reform projects including the Government's fire services reform package and establishment of new legislation that governs the funding of political parties and donations. He has held executive roles in Victoria Police where he was responsible for corporate strategy, stakeholder engagement and performance improvement. Andrew has also worked as an executive at Parks Victoria and the Warrnambool City Council.


Ryan Phillips, Deputy Secretary, Corrections and Justice Services

Ryan has led the department’s Criminal Law Policy and Operations function as Deputy Secretary from 2017. Prior to his appointment in the department, he was employed in a range of senior executive positions, including as General Counsel. Ryan has held a diverse range of policy, social justice and legal roles across the government, Aboriginal community and private sectors in Melbourne, Broome and Sydney.  


Brigid Sunderland, Deputy Secretary, Youth Justice

Brigid joined the department in June 2017 as the Executive Director of Youth Justice Policy, Strategy and Business Services, working as part of a team to reform Victoria’s Youth Justice System. Prior to joining the department, she held senior positions in both the public and private sector including the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department and practised as a lawyer in a several private firms. Notable achievements have been in leading the state-wide roll out of the Family Violence Support and Safety Hubs and establishing The Board of Inquiry into the Hazelwood Mine Fire.


Josh Smith, Deputy Secretary, Aboriginal Justice 

Josh Smith is a Dunghutti man from the Macleay Valley Coast in NSW and was previously Executive Director of Aboriginal Victoria with the Department of Premier and Cabinet. In the Victorian public service, he has held various executive roles across health and human services, family violence, justice and Aboriginal affairs.

After practising law as a solicitor for the NSW Crown Solicitors Office and at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Josh has held executive positions within the Victorian public service across family violence, health and human services portfolios.

Josh is a passionate community member and has advocated for better outcomes for Aboriginals through policy development and enhanced Aboriginal self-determination.    


Corinne Cadilhac, Deputy Secretary, Justice Infrastructure and CEO, Community Safety Building Authority 

Corinne Cadilhac is the Deputy Secretary, Justice Infrastructure and CEO, Community Safety Building Authority . Corinne is a senior executive with extensive experience in public administration, civil engineering and infrastructure. Her most recent position was leading Infrastructure, Planning and Major Projects at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. She has also worked at the Department of Transport and Department of Infrastructure as well as in the private sector as a consultant with Sinclair Knight Merz.  


Emma Cassar, Commissioner, Corrections Victoria

Emma has worked within Corrections Victoria and the Corrections System for more than 20 years in a range of roles, starting as a Forensic Psychologist after she finished her clinical doctorate and then moving to the custodial environment. She managed several prisons across the state and acted as Director and Deputy Commissioner on several occasions.

Emma has worked across both the non-government and private sector. Prior to this role she worked at KPMG in a role that focused on developing the justice and security sector. She has been the Australian representative for the global justice and security forums and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the national and international justice arena.

Dishella Overend – Director, Transformation 

Peggie Tobin – Director, Policy 

Nicola Brown - Chief Transformation and People Officer

Our ministers

The department and its Secretary are responsible to the ministers who cover the following portfolios:

  • Jaclyn Symes MP, Attorney-General
  • The Hon. Danny Pearson MP,  Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services
  • The Hon. Natalie Hutchins MP, Minister for Crime Prevention, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Youth Justice, Minister for Victim Support
  • The Hon. Melissa Horne MP, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation
  • The Hon. Ingrid Stitt MP, Minister for Workplace Safety.