Penny Shakespeare

Penny Shakespeare is a Deputy Secretary with the Department of Health

Page last updated: 25 June 2019

Penny Shakespeare is a Deputy Secretary of the Health Financing Group in the Australian Government Department of Health. This includes the Technology Assessment and Access Division (TAAD), Medical Benefits Division (MBD), Provider Benefits Integrity Division (PBID).

Since joining the Department of Health in 2006, Penny has held a number of senior leadership positions. Most recently Penny was the First Assistant Secretary of the Technology Assessment and Access Division (TAAD), where she led the division through a period of significant change to further build on the division’s capabilities in Health Technology Assessment.

Penny has also previously led the Health Workforce Division as First Assistant Secretary and as head of the Department’s Medical Benefits Branch and Private Health Insurance Branch.

Prior to joining the Department of Health, Penny worked as an industrial relations lawyer in the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, and in regulatory policy roles, including as head of the ACT Office of Industrial Relations. She was a member of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission and the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Advisory Council.

Penny has a Bachelor of Laws, a Masters degree in International Law and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor.

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