EA Series

Executive Assistants (EAs) are at the core of the public service. Critical to this role is an engaged and capable cohort, who are strengthened through diversity and experience. This is achieved through learning, providing support and the exchange of ideas through innovative and adaptive networking. 

The series is designed to provide a variety of opportunities for Executive Assistants, including: 

- providing support to individuals
- recognising individuals skill sets and learning and development needs
- developing individuals new skill sets, and 
- sharing of information through networking opportunities. 

The EA series is a great opportunity for EAs to come together and share ideas with the goal of building the capability of Executive Assistants in public administration.

The EA series runs during work hours and is usually held as an informations session or panel discussion over either a breakfast or lunchtime format.

The first EA Series was launched on Wednesday 15 June 2016 where over 250 guests were in attendance. Guests heard from a panel of speakers about the importance and evolution of the EA role. Click here to view photos from the first launch event.

Past Event Resources 


Executive Assistant Committee

To oversee the EA Series a Committee was formed in May 2016 and comprises of the following members:

  • Fiona Hess | EA to Branch Manager, People Strategy and Policy (Chair) 
    Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Esther Hunter | EA to the Secretary
    Attorney-General's Department
  • Linda McLennan | EA to First Assistant Secretary, Community Protection Division
    Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Donna McTavish | EA to Chief of Joint Operations Command
    Department of Defence
  • Fay Prowse | EA to Deputy Director General
    Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, ACT Government
  • Michelle Smith | EA to Branch Manager, Communication Branch
    Department of Employment
  • Liz Walters | EA to Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator
    Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Jo Zappia | EA to Deputy Commissioner
    Australian Public Service Commission

If you would like further information about the EA series or have a suggestions, please contact Fiona Hess.