In 2016, the NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet stated that “Public servants simply don’t need to be housed in ivory towers in the CBD – wherever possible they should be close to the people they serve, and in areas where the economy and population are booming.”
As part of its Decade of Decentralisation policy, the NSW Government is committed to relocating more than 4,200 public service roles from the Harbour City to Western Sydney by 2021, with over 1,800 public sector roles already relocated since 2011.
As part of the policy roll out, the anticipated move of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW to Parramatta, is an important step for the region. Parramatta is already a significant justice centre with a variety of existing court functions, justice services and legal administration, however it needs to keep up with the growing population demands of Western Sydney.
With more than 2.3 million people now living within a 45 minute commute of Parramatta, we will take a closer look at the Government’s Decentralisation policy and the opportunities it will create for the people living and working in Western Sydney.
In doing so, we will pay particular attention to Parramatta’s Legal Sector and look at:
- the current state of their legal economy
- Parramatta’s role in providing legal services that can meet the growing demands of Western Sydney
- the challenges and opportunities of decentralisation
- how businesses and the region will benefit
The Hon Mark Speakman, SC MP l Attorney General for NSW
Mark Speakman was born in Sydney and grew up in the Cronulla area in Sydney’s south, where he still lives today.
He attended Caringbah High School before graduating in law and economics from the University of Sydney. Mark then gained his Master of Law from the University of Cambridge.
Mark was a solicitor and subsequently a partner at law firm Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) between 1983 and 1991.
He was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1991 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2004.
Mark was elected as the Member for Cronulla at the March 2011 state election.
In 2013 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education and Skills, before becoming Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury in 2014.
After his re-election at the 2015 state election, Mark was appointed Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage.
In January 2017, Mark was appointed NSW Attorney General.
Registration, Networking & Pre Lunch Drinks
Official Welcome & Presentations (includes a 2 Course Lunch)
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