Jennifer Mathews


Jennifer Mathews
CEW Member

Department of Local Government and Communities, WA
Director General

Jennifer Mathews joined the Department of Local Government in 2008. Since taking up the role of Director General, Jennifer has focused on delivering the State Government's reform priorities for local government in Western Australia. This has included progressing the government's structural reform agenda as well as implementing a new Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework for local government. Since the Department’s amalgamation with the Department for July 2013, she has worked to build closer collaboration and stronger partnerships between the State Government, local governments and community service organisations, recognising their shared role in building strong and sustainable communities. She was appointed Director General of the new Department of Local Government and Communities in March 2014.

Prior to her current role, Jennifer served with the Commonwealth Government for more than 25 years. This included roles as State Manager of the Australian Trade Commission and State Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Western Australia. Jennifer has also held a number of senior management and policy positions with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra and overseas. She has a legal background and has worked as a lawyer and trade law consultant in Melbourne and Jakarta.

Jennifer is the Chair of the Metropolitan Local Government Reform Implementation Committee, an Honorary Board Member of Local Government Managers Australia (WA Division), a member of the WA Government’s Partnership Forum and Chair of the Community Development Roundtable.

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