Work With Purpose

Monday August 31, 2020

‘Parliament powers on’ with Rob Stefanic and Cate Saunders

As the heart of the Australian democracy, Parliament is a critically important institution, with Parliament House standing proudly as the “city within a city”.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Federal Parliament staff, including security and hospitality workers, joined Services Australia, as committee rooms in Parliament House were converted to makeshift call centres.

In this week’s episode we speak with the Secretary of the Department of Parliamentary Services, Rob Stefanic, and Deputy Secretary Cate Saunders, about how their team joined in the APS whole-of-government effort to help the Australian people.

Discussed in this episode:

  • The questions being asked within the ‘Wall Room’.
  • The Parliament’s Pandemic Plan.
  • Ensuring the continuity of Parliamentary services.

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  • Rob Stefanic image
    Rob Stefanic

    Secretary of the Department of Parliamentary Services

  • Cate Saunders image
    Cate Saunders

    Deputy Secretary

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