Susan Pascoe has been nominated by the federal government for the position of Commissioner for the new Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC).
Yesterday (June 6) the assistant treasurer and minister for deregulation David Bradbury published an official press release confirming the government's support for Ms Pascoe.
Many of you may already recognise Ms Pascoe's name, as she has already been heavily involved with the ACNC as its interim commissioner and the head of the Implementation Taskforce.
In his statement, Mr Bradbury congratulated her for her hard work and commitment in these roles.
"Ms Pascoe has done a great job as Head of the ACNC Implementation Taskforce, and has been working closely with the sector to communicate the changes associated with the new regulator," he asserted.
Minister for social inclusion Mark Butler also commented on the nomination on behalf of the federal government.
"The government looks forward to working with Ms Pascoe as it continues with its ambitious NFP reform agenda," he said.
Ms Pascoe has had an expansive career in the nonprofit sector to date, particularly in the role of commissioner.
She was one of three commissioners on the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and has chaired the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
Most recently she worked as a commissioner at the State Services Authority in Victoria.
Mr Bradbury said her extensive experience makes her an ideal candidate for the role with ACNC.
"Ms Pascoe has had an outstanding record in both the private and public sectors, as well as a wealth of knowledge of the NFP sector," he explained.
The ACNC is set to commence operations from October 1 2012. To date, ten other staff members have already been selected to fill key roles such as the director of communications and the director of registration.
Two assistant commissioners have also been appointed. David Locke will be the assistant commissioner for charity services, while Murray Baird will be the assistant commissioner, general counsel.
Both of these individuals have also had extensive experience in advisory roles across the nonprofit sector.
For those of you who are still catching up, the ACNC is a new initiative being introduced into the sector as part of the reforms announced in the 2011-12 Australian Budget.
It will be an independent regulator and is intended to have a workforce of up to 90 employees.
The ACNC is being established to provide better support for the sector and to improve regulatory practises.
In the lead-up to implementation, the taskforce is currently undertaking consultation with charity organisations and nonprofits across the country.