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Retirement of Andrew Cappie-Wood

Publication date: Sunday, 31 March 2019

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The Secretary of the NSW Department of Justice, Andrew Cappie-Wood, today announced his retirement from the public service.

Mr Cappie-Wood's remarkable career in the public service spans more than 40 years. His contributions to improving community safety through his stewardship of the NSW Department of Justice will be felt for years to come.

Before becoming Secretary of the Department of Justice, Mr Cappie-Wood was head of the ACT Public Service. In NSW, he previously led the Department of Housing, the Department of Education and Training, and the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care, as well as working in a range of positions in the Department of Planning.

During my time as Attorney General, Mr Cappie-Wood has consistently provided honest, intelligent, accurate and timely advice. He is a person of great integrity who will be sorely missed by both government and stakeholders in the justice sector.

During his tenure as Department Secretary, Mr Cappie-Wood oversaw the formulation and implementation of landmark policies including the transformational Criminal Justice Reform Package and the NSW Government's response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

On behalf of the NSW Government, I thank Mr Cappie-Wood for his service to the people of this state and wish him all the best for his retirement. Mr Cappie-Wood informed me around a year ago of his intention to retire; I also thank him for agreeing to extend his tenure as Department Secretary in order to see the Government through the last term of Parliament and until today's announcement of the second Berejiklian Ministry.

The Department of Justice delivers legal, court and supervision services to the people of NSW by managing courts and justice services, implementing programs to reduce crime and re‑offending, managing custodial and community-based correctional services, protecting rights and community standards and advising on law reform and legal matters.