Gill Callister commenced as Secretary of Victoria’s Department of Human Services in August 2009.
Gill has had a long career in human services in both the public and community sectors. She began her career with a ten-year stint in the community sector, working with children, young people and families.
Gill commenced with the Department of Human Services in the early 1990s and has held responsibilities across the child protection, community services and mental health programs.
As Executive Director for the related portfolios, Gill has lead major policy, legislative and service delivery reforms for the child protection, family services and mental health systems in Victoria. She was Deputy Secretary at Skills Victoria prior to her current appointment as Secretary.
Gill holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Social Work with Honours. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria) and a Board Member of Swinburne University Council.
Gill is passionate about social justice and improving public policy and service delivery and she is a frequent public speaker on these issues. She is steadfast in her commitment to the St Kilda Football Club, adores her family and enjoys cooking, camping and fashion.