Deidre Mulkerin

Deidre Mulkerin
Director-General Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs.

Deidre Mulkerin is the Director-General of the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs (DCYJMA), a role she has held since February 2020. Prior to taking up this role she was Deputy Secretary, People and Culture, Department of Education, New South Wales, responsible for driving workforce reform, workplace safety and leadership.

Deidre has a wealth of experience in the child protection and juvenile justice sectors. Earlier in her career she worked in frontline roles in these areas and managed regional operations across human services. She also led state-wide reform initiatives for both the Queensland and New South Wales governments.

Since 2004, Deidre has held numerous senior executive roles responsible for statutory child protection, juvenile justice, housing, homelessness, and domestic and family violence prevention, including as Deputy Secretary, Commissioning, for the New South Wales human service government agency, Family and Community Services. In this role, Deidre was responsible for ensuring decisions about how services were delivered, monitored and improved and that the focus of delivery was guided by client outcomes and robust evidence and data.

In addition to her senior executive and leadership experience, Deidre has provided evidence at several Commissions of Inquiry, including the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Her strengths in policy development and delivery were demonstrated through her leadership of the New South Wales Premier's priorities of Protecting Our Kids and Reducing Youth Homelessness.

As an inaugural participant in the New South Wales Public Service Commission's Leadership Academy, Deidre has been recognised as an outstanding public sector leader.