Our Director-General

Deidre Mulkerin
Director-General Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Deidre Mulkerin has worked in frontline roles in child protection and juvenile justice, managed regional operations across human services, and led statewide reform initiatives for the Queensland and New South Wales governments.

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

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

In July 2019, Deidre took up the role of Deputy Secretary, People and Culture, Department of Education, New South Wales, responsible for driving workforce reform, workplace safety and leadership.

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.