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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC


11 April 2018

Minister welcomes announcement of new Department Secretary appointment

MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester has welcomed today’s announcement that the Prime Minister intends to appoint Ms Liz Cosson AM CSC as Department Secretary.

Ms Cosson will replace Simon Lewis who served in the role since 2013.

“Mr Lewis has made an outstanding contribution to reforming the department and placing the needs of the veterans at the forefront of everything we do,” Mr Chester said.

“He has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the public service and I wish him well in his retirement.”

Mr Chester said he was looking forward to working with the new secretary to continue placing the needs of veterans and their families first.

“In my short time in the role as Minister, Ms Cosson has impressed me with her professionalism, dedication and determination to care for our veterans and their families,” Mr Chester said.

“As Chief Operating Officer she has been instrumental in the reform process currently underway and I’m confident that we can continue to deliver an improved level of service.

“The focus of our efforts over the next 12 months will be engaging with younger veterans and working to ensure the transition from military service to civilian life is made easier for all concerned.

“We have made great progress but there is still work to be done and I’m confident Ms Cosson will continue to make a huge contribution to the veteran community.”


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