Annual Report 2011-12 - Organisational structure

Red crab migrating to shore, Christmas Island National Park

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Figure 4: Parks Australia organisational chart as at 30 June 2012 (click to enlarge)

 Parks Australia organisational chart as at 30 June 2012 (click to enlarge)

(a) Includes non-statutory functions.
(b)
The Marine Division of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities manages marine reserves under delegation from the Director of National Parks.
(c)
The Australian Antarctic Division manages the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve Director of National Parks | Annual Report 2011–12 under delegation from the Director of National Parks.

Peter Cochrane

Peter Cochrane

Judy West

Dr Judy West

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

Anna Morgan

Anna Morgan

Charlton Clark

Charlton Clark

The executive team

Peter Cochrane Director of National Parks

Peter was appointed Director of National Parks in October 1999 and was reappointed in October 2002, November 2005 and again in December 2008. His priorities include building relationships with traditional owners of jointly managed parks, the tourism industry and other stakeholders. For the agency, improving performance and reporting, corporate governance, accountability and risk management remain a strong focus. Emerging priorities include the links between healthy parks and healthy people and working at a whole of landscape scale.

Peter is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and an inaugural member of the World Protected Areas Leadership Forum.

He has worked for the oil and gas industry on national environment and competition policy issues and as an adviser to two Australian Government ministers on environment and natural resources issues.

Peter has a Masters degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science degree. He has a background in field ecology and the eco-physiology of native plants.

Dr Judy West Executive Director, Australian National Botanic Gardens; Assistant Secretary, Parks and Biodiversity Science Branch

Judy has been a Senior Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO Plant Industry and Director of the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research and the Australian National Herbarium. She holds an adjunct professorial position at the Australian National University and for her contributions to Australian plant systematics was awarded the Nancy Burbidge Memorial Medal in 2001 and an Order of Australia in 2003. Judy's scientific expertise is in plant systematics and phylogenetics, biodiversity informatics and conservation biology.

Mark Taylor Assistant Secretary, Parks and Protected Areas Programs Branch

Mark has over 20 years experience working in the Australian Government in a number of agencies, but most significantly in the field of arts policy and program management. He has had a long involvement in developing national policies and programs and in sector and international engagement. More recently, this work has included initiatives to build a Commercial Code of Conduct for the Indigenous Visual Art sector, in arts education and in building corporate and third-sector engagement with the cultural sector. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and a Graduate Diploma in Education.

Anna Morgan Acting Assistant Secretary, Parks Operations and Tourism Branch

Anna joined the Australian Government environment department in 2000, having worked as a cultural heritage consultant and a conservation officer in the Queensland environment department. She has held a variety of positions in the department, gaining extensive policy and program experience. Anna has worked on developing heritage amendments to national environment legislation and the Indigenous Protected Areas program and has provided secretariat support to departmental Indigenous advisory committees. Prior to her current role, Anna was involved in the development of the national Working on Country program and led the development of the Northern Territory Working on Country Program and the implementation of the Australian and Northern Territory governments' bilateral agreement - Healthy Country, Healthy People. Anna has a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in History and Archaeology and a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage Studies in Anthropology and Archaeology from James Cook University.

Marine division

Charlton Clark Assistant Secretary, Commonwealth Marine Reserves Branch

Charlton has responsibility for the creation and effective management of the national network of Commonwealth Marine Reserves representative of Australia's marine environment, delegated to the Marine Division by the Director of National Parks. Before commencing this role in October 2008, Charlton managed the aviation operations at the Australian Antarctic Division, including establishing an air service between Australia and Antarctica. He has a background in program and risk management and before joining the department Charlton spent 10 years in a variety of logistics operations and management roles in the Australian Army, both domestically and through international deployments. Charlton has a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

Senior management team

The executive team and senior staff meet regularly to address strategic directions and current issues. The Assistant Secretary of the Parks Operations and Tourism Branch, who is based in Darwin, takes part in the meetings via video link. Marine Division staff also participate in regular meetings, advising the Director on Commonwealth marine reserve issues. Where appropriate, video and telephone links are used to liaise with executive and senior staff of the Australian Antarctic Division in Tasmania on the management of the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve.

Staffing overview

Human resources and related corporate services are provided to the Director through a purchaser-provider arrangement with the department. Detailed information on human resources management, employment conditions and remuneration is contained in the department's annual report for 2011-12.

As at 30 June 2012 the Director of National Parks employed 261 full-time equivalent staff. The majority are located at Booderee, Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta national parks and the Australian National Botanic Gardens. A small office in Darwin supports park operations. There are also small offices in remote locations including Norfolk Island, Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

The central office of Parks Australia is in Canberra. It is co-located with the department's Marine Division, which manages Commonwealth marine reserves under delegation from the Director.

Parks Australia participates in the department's graduate recruitment program and school leaver traineeship program and this year hosted a number of placements in Canberra and on the reserves.

Parks Australia is committed to providing staff with the necessary skills to effectively and safely undertake their duties, both in the field and in the office. Internal and external training is available on a range of subjects including conservation and land management, horticulture, Indigenous skills and languages, rescue skills, customer service, the EPBC Act, fire control and suppression, leadership development, heavy vehicle and 4WD operation, record keeping and business systems. The department offers a study support scheme for staff to complete formal external training.

Staff on remote islands are given opportunities to travel to the mainland for training and development and departmental staff visit reserves to provide training on issues such as occupational health and safety and geographic information system applications. Online study programs offered by a number of educational institutions are making tertiary study more accessible for staff in remote areas.

In the jointly managed parks, staff work with traditional owners, local Indigenous communities and schools to share knowledge. Traditional land management skills and the application of Indigenous knowledge are fundamental for managing these parks. Staff encourage interest from school children in park management and conservation through Junior Ranger programs where primary school students are introduced to aspects of park management including land management, plant and animal identification and working safely. The island parks also work closely with local schools to encourage appreciation of the national parks and their place in the local environment.

Indigenous trainees and apprentices are employed in the three jointly managed parks. Trainee programs are designed to improve the skills of local people, particularly in conservation and land management. Trainees complete nationally accredited certificates and are provided with on-the-job experience such as assisting with ranger duties and natural resource management. Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kakadu national parks each have a specified Indigenous trainee ranger position. Kakadu and Booderee national parks each employ three Indigenous school-based apprentices. These apprentices complete secondary school through paid apprenticeships, gaining nationally accredited training in conservation and park management.

The Kakadu Indigenous Ranger Program, funded by Working on Country, also provides resources allowing Kakadu to host 11.5 community rangers in park related employment.

Table 5: Staffing (full- and part-time) profile at 30 June 2012

 

 

APS 1-3

APS 4

APS 5

APS 6

EL1

Park managers, Section heads

Technical, Legal, Public Affairs

SES

Total

Canberra (incl. ANBG)

Male

10

8

2

10

12

2

2

2

48

Female

11

8

9

16

10

2

5

1

62

Total

21

16

11

26

22

4

7

3

110

Booderee

Male

6

5

3

2

2

1

 

 

19

Female

1

4

1

1

3

1

 

 

11

Total

7

9

4

3

5

2

0

0

30

Christmas Island

Male

11

1

4

1

1

0

0

0

18

Female

4

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

7

Total

15

3

4

2

1

0

0

0

25

Darwin Office

Male

0

0

0

2

2

1

0

0

5

Female

1

2

1

2

1

0

0

0

8

Total

1

2

1

4

3

1

0

1

13

Kakadu

Male

20

6

8

2

3

0

0

0

39

Female

13

5

3

5

3

1

0

0

30

Total

33

11

11

7

6

1

0

0

69

Norfolk Island

Male

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Female

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

Total

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

4

Pulu Keeling

Male

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Female

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

Total

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

Uluru-Kata Tjuta

Male

8

4

5

 

2

0

0

0

19

Female

11

6

5

1

2

1

0

0

26

Total

19

10

10

1

4

1

0

0

45

Grand Total

 

99

52

42

44

41

9

7

4

298

Note: these figures represent individual staff members, including those working part-time, and are not expressed as Full Time Equivalents (FTE).

 

Boards of management

Boards of management have been established under the EPBC Act for Booderee, Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta national parks. Tables 6, 7 and 8 show the members of each board at 30 June 2012.

In conjunction with the Director, each board prepares management plans for the reserve, makes decisions about the management of the reserve in accordance with the management plan, monitors management and advises the Minister on future development.

Craig Ardler

Craig Ardler

Booderee National Park

Craig Ardler Chair, Booderee National Park Board of Management

Craig has worked in management, policy and community development with several organisations in the south coast region. He is the current CEO for South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation. Craig has been employed at Booderee National Park as a Legal and Education Officer and Contracts and Facilities (Management) Officer. Craig has also worked for the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council (WBACC) as the Policy and Liaison Manager and has a building and construction background.

Board Positions

  • Current Chairman of the Booderee National Park Board of Management
  • Current Chairman of the WBACC Board (elected October 2010)
  • Current Director on the NSW Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council
  • Elected to WBACC Executive on a number of occasions since 1989
  • Previous member of WBACC Audit Committee
  • Deputy Chairman of WBACC from October 2008 to October 2010
  • Previous ATSIC Regional Councillor
Table 6: Booderee National Park Board of Management
Chair

Mr Craig Ardler (traditional owner nominee)

Members

Mr Joseph Brown (traditional owner nominee)

Mr James McKenzie (traditional owner nominee)

Ms Julie Freeman (traditional owner nominee)

Mr Clive Freeman (traditional owner nominee)

Ms Annette Brown (traditional owner nominee)

Mr Darren Sturgeon (traditional owner nominee)

Captain Brett Chandler (Commanding Officer HMAS Creswell)

Ms Sheryl Klaffer (Regional Australia)

Dr Todd Minchinton (conservation science expert)

Associate Professor Robyn Bushell (ecotourism expert)

Mr Peter Cochrane (Director of National Parks)

Ryan Baruwei

Ryan Baruwei

Kakadu National Park

Ryan Baruwei Chair, Kakadu National Park Board of Management

Ryan Baruwei has been actively involved with the Kakadu National Park Board of Management since 2008. Ryan is a senior traditional owner of the Wurkbabar clan, which is one of the three clans of the Jawoyn people covering the Gunlom land trust area in the southern part of Kakadu. Ryan's country stretches from southern Kakadu through to Pine Creek then eastwards towards Manyallaluk about 100 kilometres south of Katherine.

Ryan has been Chair of the Jawoyn Association and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park since 2010 having served as a member on both these boards for a number of years. He is also the Cultural Advisor on the Nitmiluk Tours Board, a position he has held since 2008.

Table 7: Kakadu National Park Board of Management
Chair

Mr Ryan Baruwei (traditional owner nominee)

Members

Mr Jonathan Nadji (traditional owner nominee)

Mr Alfred Nayinggul (traditional owner nominee)

Mr Michael Bangalang (traditional owner nominee)

Mr Graham Kenyon (traditional owner nominee)

Ms Yvonne Margarulu (traditional owner nominee)

Ms Violet Lawson (traditional owner nominee)

Mr Jeffrey Lee (traditional owner nominee)

Mr Joshua Hunter (traditional owner nominee)

Vacant (traditional owner nominee)

Vacant (nature conservation expertise)

Mr Rick Murray (tourism industry expertise)

Vacant (Northern Territory Government nominee)

Mr Peter Cochrane (Director of National Parks)

Ms Anna Morgan (Parks Australia)

Harry Wilson

Harry Wilson

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Harry Wilson Chair, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management

Harry Wilson has been the Chair of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management since the beginning of 2009. Harry is the grandson of Paddy Uluru, a senior custodian of Uluru. Harry is keen to continue the good work of the previous chair in maintaining Tjukurpa (traditional Aboriginal law in the western desert region) and supporting Anangu (western desert Aboriginal people) and the park in working together to keep Tjukurpa strong.

Table 8: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management
Chair

Mr Harry Wilson (traditional owner nominee)

Members

Ms Alison Hunt (traditional owner nominee)

Ms Panjiti Windlass (traditional owner nominee)

Mr Sammy Wilson (traditional owner nominee)

Ms Judy Trigger (traditional owner nominee)

Mr Malya Teamay (traditional owner nominee)

Mr Bruce Breaden (traditional owner nominee)

Vacant (traditional owner nominee)

Vacant (Northern Territory Government nominee)

Mr John King (Minister for Tourism nominee)

Mr Peter Cochrane (Director of National Parks)

Vacant (Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities nominee) (nomination pending)