Amity Durham

Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Planning, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria


Amity Durham is the Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Planning in the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria. The division develops and drives cross-portfolio strategies and reforms that integrate approaches to health and human services, support evidence-based decision-making on activities to advance government priorities and make progress towards departmental outcomes. The Division is also responsible for strategic corporate functions such as data analysis and forecasting, corporate planning and budget, corporate reporting, intergovernmental relations and communication and media. Since joining the department in October 2016 Amity has been responsible for delivering Victoria’s first social impact bonds with Sacred Heart Mission and Anglicare, policy and service reform for people with complex needs at risk of violence, and driving the department’s broader reform agenda in response to the Royal Commission in to Family Violence.

Prior to this she was an Executive Director, Family and Community Services and Service Innovation in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. In that role Amity had responsibility for leading reforms across the NSW Government's social policy agenda, including in social housing, child protection and out-of-home care. She also had responsibility for the world-leading NSW Behavioural Insights Unit and the Office of Social Impact Investment.

Amity has previously held other senior executive roles in the NSW government within central and line agencies. She has also held the role of Director in top-tier management consulting firm, where she advised a range of social sector government agencies across Australia.

Amity has an academic background in social sciences and law, and holds an Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

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