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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Dr Rob Vertessy to head Bureau of Meteorology

Media release
4 September 2012

Renowned water scientist Dr Rob Vertessy has been appointed director of Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, announced today.

Dr Vertessy, who was appointed Deputy Director of the Bureau (Climate and Water) in 2007, has been acting as Director since December last year.

After a career spanning more than 20 years as a senior water scientist and leading researcher, Dr Vertessy joined the Bureau in 2007 and led the expansion of the Bureau’s role in providing the hydrological information central to the delivery of national water reform.

“With his outstanding depth of experience in both research and policy development, Dr Vertessy is ideally qualified to lead the Bureau as it builds organisational resilience and capacity, and responds to new challenges,” Senator Farrell  said.

“Under his leadership the Bureau will no doubt continue to command respect across the community for the vital services it delivers, and in particular the crucial part it plays in shaping Australia’s understanding of and response to climate change.

“The Bureau contributes to the safety, sustainability, well-being and prosperity of all Australians.

“It is recognised and respected both domestically and internationally for the essential contribution it makes to all aspects of disaster management including planning, preparation, response and recovery.

“I look forward to working with Dr Vertessy to strengthen this important agency even further.”