Media Release – DVA Minister Welcomes New Department Secretary Appointment

MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester has welcomed today’s appointment of Ms Liz Cosson AM CSC as Department Secretary.

Liz CossonsMs Cosson replaces Simon Lewis who served in the role since 2013.
“Mr Lewis has made an outstanding contribution to reforming the department and placing the needs of the veterans at the forefront of everything we do,” Mr Chester said.
“He has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the public service and I wish him well in his retirement.”
Mr Chester said he was looking forward to working with the new secretary to continue placing the needs of veterans and their families first.
“In my short time in the role as Minister, Ms Cosson has impressed me with her professionalism, dedication and determination to care for our veterans and their families,” Mr Chester said.
“As Chief Operating Officer she has been instrumental in the reform process currently underway and I’m confident that we can continue to deliver an improved level of service.
“The focus of our efforts over the next 12 months will be engaging with younger veterans and working to ensure the transition from military service to civilian life is made easier for all concerned.
“We have made great progress but there is still work to be done and I’m confident Ms Cosson will continue to make a huge contribution to the veteran community.”

11 April 2018