Dr Pamela Kinnear - Principle Associate

Career Achievements and Experience

Pamela, has a strong record at senior levels across government, non-government and research/advocacy organisations. She brings with her practical experience of leading teams on major projects; re-organising and aligning organisational structures and systems; policy development and analysis; and public communication through the media, conferences, parliamentary committees and other forums.

Pamela also brings a wealth of practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge of facilitating policy design and implementation consultations, including workshops and group meetings, as well as implementing and evaluating change programs.

Her public policy roles, combined with her research and advocacy, means that Pamela can see issues from a variety of perspectives, fully aware of the tensions that arise between program or policy ideals and the complexities and pragmatic realities involved. She also brings to bear first-hand experience in implementing high profile, time-challenged reforms using project management and performance frameworks, as well as in building and leading teams to get the work done.

Key positions Pamela has held include:

  • Group Head, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

  • Deputy Chief Executive, Universities Australia.

  • Senior Executive, Band 1, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (various positions, social policy).

  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, various roles incl. 4 years as Senior Executive Band 1.

  • Senior Research Fellow, The Australia Institute.

Key areas of policy with which Pamela has been closely involved include:

  • Policy development and implementation of the major reforms to the Australian Child Support system (2004-2008).

  • Gamily policy development and research, including domestic violence and elder abuse.

  • Oversight of family programs and payments (inc. Family Tax Benefit, Family Relationship Program, Child Support Scheme).

  • Analysing and engaging in public debate on population issues – including population ageing as well as coordinating national policy for skilled and humanitarian migration programs/settlement services.

  • Coordinating (including through COAG) national reforms to public policy in areas such as housing reform, (including Indigenous housing), gender equality, problem gambling, disability reform, veterans compensation.

  • Reform of Australian Government service delivery across major service providers (Centrelink, Medicare, CSA etc).

  • Analysing and engaging in public debate on welfare reform – working with NGOs as well as managing the evaluation of welfare reform programs in government.

  • Various reforms to Australia’s higher education system – including lobbying and coordination of universities’ position on reform initiatives; and coordinating reforms for international student visa policy.

  • Coordinating the Australian Government’s Disaster Recovery for the 2009 Victorian bushfire disaster and the 2010-11 Queensland floods.

  • Managing national data collections for welfare in Australia – including child protection, aged care, mental health, disability, juvenile justice.

Pamela maintains active memberships of professional associations:

  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Management (AIM)

  • Member, Institute of Public Administration of Australia (IPAA)

  • Member, Australian Social Policy Association (APSA)