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Tanya Smith


Nous Group (VIC)

Alumni Ambassador


Victoria, Australia

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Tanya was with the Commonwealth Government – mainly DFAT – for around 19 years before moving to South Australia’s Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Tanya was serving as Deputy Chief Executive responsible for whole-of-government policy and federal-state relations when she had the great fortune to participate in the 2009 Executive Fellows Program (EFP).

Tanya subsequently joined Nous Group and leads the Public Policy practice. Tanya works with government agencies across all jurisdictions on policy-related analysis, organisational reviews and leadership development.

Some of her achievements since completing the EFP include writing a major report for the Gonski review of School Funding that heavily informed the recommendations to government, a definitive study on government responses to large firm closures and mass lay-offs, a cultural reform strategy for Defence, and four whole-of-agency expenditure reviews for Commonwealth Government agencies.

Tanya is an Alumni Ambassador pre-2022. To find out more about the Alumni Ambassador program, click here