Ms Rina Bruinsma commenced her role as the First Assistant Commissioner on the 16 May 2021. Rina joined the Commission from the Department of Finance where she was responsible for public sector transformation including whole of government grants policy and administration, shared services, ICT investment approval, government business analytics and APS reform.
Rina’s time with Finance included a 14 month secondment to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as Deputy Coordinator to establish the interim National Bushfire Recovery Agency and to support its transition to a permanent National Recovery and Resilience Agency. Rina has a strong policy background and extensive experience leading reform and transformation across the public sector.
Rina has worked in various roles in policy development and implementation since 2006, including labour market policy and the delivery of programs that support people with disability and mental health issues, mature age job seekers, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and ex-offenders.
Rina has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Public Relations, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Communication and Creative Arts.