Dr Roslyn Baxter

First Assistant Secretary, Social Policy Division,
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Ros Baxter is First Assistant Secretary, Social Policy Division, in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The Division provides social policy advice on diverse areas including social services, health, education, immigration and the NDIS.

Prior to taking up this role, she was a Group Manager in the Department of Social Services.  She led the development of the national redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse; the cashless debit card trials; the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women; the Women’s Safety Package; and the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children.

Ros has worked in social and welfare policy and practice in both Australia and the United Kingdom, and in local, state and federal government.  She has been a presiding member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, and has also worked as a consultant, providing advice to the public and private sector in developing regulation and prosecuting strategic policy.

She has degrees in government, social work and law from the University of Queensland, and a PhD in law (welfare reform) from the University of Sydney.

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