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New Deputy Secretary of Child Support and Planning

Philippa Godwin was appointed Deputy Secretary of Child Support and Planning, Department of Human Services.

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Phillipa officially took up this role on 7 September 2009 and has been working to establish an understanding of the key issues in the later part of 2009. Philippa came to the Child Support Program after four years at Medicare Australia, where she was Deputy Chief Executive Office. From November 2008 to August 2009 she acted in the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to moving to Medicare Australia in 2005, Philippa was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs from 2002 to 2005. She had previously held senior positions in a number of areas in that department, including Settlement and Adult Migrant English Programs; Onshore Refugee Policy and Program Management; Migration, Temporary Entry, Family Migration and Humanitarian Migration Programs; Border Control and Compliance, and Detention and Unauthorised Arrivals.

In 1996, Philippa spent 12 months in Canada on an Executive exchange in Citizenship and Immigration, Canada.

Prior to joining the Immigration Department in 1989, Philippa had extensive experience at regional and State office level in Commonwealth and State Government departments (Social Security, NSW Health, Community Services and the Office for the Aged) working first as a social worker before moving into social welfare administration, and then program management and policy development in the area of Aged Care.

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