18 June, 2024
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Secretary appointed to lead The Cabinet Office


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Kate Boyd PSM, has been appointed as Secretary of The Cabinet Office.

The appointment process was led by the Secretary of the Premier’s Department, Simon Draper, in consultation with the NSW Premier, Chris Minns.

Ms Boyd has been acting in the role since late last year, and prior to that appointment had held the role of Deputy Secretary, General Counsel, in both The Cabinet office and the former Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Ms Boyd has profound experience of central department responsibilities, having worked at the Department of Premier and Cabinet since 2007 and then The Cabinet Office. In that time, she has provided advice on constitutional and electoral law, parliamentary matters, integrity and accountability, privacy and access to government information.

Ms Boyd is a highly regarded NSW public servant and was awarded a Public Service Medal for her outstanding work during the 2019-2020 bushfire season and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Established on July 1, 2023, The Cabinet Office is a central NSW Government department that enables robust Cabinet decision-making by ensuring policies and proposals submitted for consideration are of the highest quality and in line with government priorities.

The Cabinet Office:

  • Leads and coordinates strategy and policy across government, including driving action ​on the Government’s key priorities.
  • Provides expert independent policy, legal and governance advice to the Premier and Cabinet, including on National Cabinet matters.
  • Upholds Cabinet conventions and provides stewardship of the NSW Cabinet system to support good decision-making.

Premier Chris Minns said:

“The establishment of The Cabinet Office has ensured high-quality Cabinet decision-making processes are front and centre. “I am very pleased to continue working with Kate Boyd as Secretary, as she leads a team of experts to provide policy and legal advice on some of the biggest challenges facing our State.”

Chris Minns

Premier of New South Wales

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