Damien Walker, appointed as Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in April 2022, joined us On the Couch. Damien is a proud South Australian who has returned after nearly 12 years in Queensland, where he worked in various Director-General roles, drove economic growth and job creation and successfully led Queensland’s delivery of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

During this session, Mr Walker shared with us some of the highlights of his career as well as goals for his current role and addressed questions from the audience in a Q&A session.

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Damien Walker

Chief Executive
Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Damien Walker was appointed Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in April 2022.

In leading the South Australian public service, Damien brings to the role his extensive experience in strategic planning, industry development and public policy gained from over a decade of service with the Queensland government.

Damien’s background in infrastructure planning and delivery has been an integral part of his strong public administration focus as Chief Executive and a key driver for vital economic growth projects and events for the state including the delivery and renewal of the AFL Gather Round and Liv Golf.

Damien’s professional background in infrastructure planning and delivery, investment facilitation, contract management and reform implementation has shaped the development of the state’s flagship hospital, the new Royal Adelaide, the Glenside campus redevelopment and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) building.

As the Director-General of the Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and in other senior leadership roles held, Damien led critical work to drive state economic growth and job creation including the state’s winning bid for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Damien also led the Queensland Government’s flood recovery efforts in 2021 prior to returning to the South Australian government.

Damien serves as a board member for several organisations on matters of economic development, trade, and investment.

Damien is passionate about gender equity in the workplace and the prevention of domestic and family violence and advocate for reconciliation and the creation of greater equality and opportunities for First Nations people.

Damien holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Planning, and qualifications in property and planning.

He is a proud South Australian, who has returned to the South Australian Public Sector following nearly 12 years living interstate. Damien is married to Tamara and has three young daughters.

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5 July 2022

9:30 am (Networking Morning Tea)
10:00 am to 11:00 am Event

Morning Tea

Adelaide Convention Centre, Panorama Ballroom, North Terrace Adelaide

Free for all State Government, Corporate and Personal Members of IPAA SA
$30 for non-members