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Published date: Saturday, 15 June 2019

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The Secretary of Family and Community Services and Justice Michael Coutts-Trotter has appointed the former Chief of Staff at the Department of Justice, Michelle Vaughan, as the new Commissioner of Victims Rights.

As Chief of Staff to the former Secretary Andrew Cappie-Wood, Ms Vaughan has worked with Victims Services over the past four years on a range of issues.

Ms Vaughan has extensive public sector experience working in policy and law reform in the justice sector in Australia and New Zealand.

She was the Director of Civil Law in the Department of Justice managing civil justice issues including victims’ rights and support, anti-discrimination, and privacy. In New Zealand, Ms Vaughan worked extensively on access to justice policy and law reform.

Ms Vaughan is looking forward to working with the staff at Victims Services and stakeholders to support victims of crime.

Ms Vaughan will begin her new role on 1 July 2019. Janet Wagstaff will continue to act as Commissioner of Victims Rights until 30 June 2019.