Parks Australia supports the Director of National Parks, the federal park agency, in managing six Commonwealth national parks, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, and Australia’s network of Commonwealth marine reserves.
Parks Australia staff are part of the federal environment portfolio, in the Department of the Environment. The Director of National Parks is a statutory officeholder, charged under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) with helping to conserve Australia’s biodiversity and cultural heritage.
You can find more information about Parks Australia in the Director of National Parks Annual Report and the State of the Parks report.
Senior management team
Director of National Parks
Sally Barnes has been Director of National Parks since February 2014. Ms Barnes brings with her nearly 20 years experience in the environment field.
She was previously the Chief Executive of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage with responsibilities for national parks and reserves, including the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Ms Barnes also oversaw the management of biodiversity and threatened species and the protection of Aboriginal and non Aboriginal heritage.
The Director of National Parks is a statutory officeholder, responsible for six Commonwealth national parks, three of them managed jointly with their traditional owners; the Australian National Botanic Gardens; and the Commonwealth network of marine reserves.
Dr Judy West
Assistant Secretary, Parks Island and Biodiversity Science Branch
Executive Director, Australian National Botanic Gardens
Judy West oversees Parks Australia’s science and natural resource management activities. Judy has more than 25 years experience in scientific research and policy, as a research scientist in CSIRO Plant Industry and as Director of the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research and the Australian National Herbarium. She holds an adjunct professorial position at the Australian National University. For her contributions to Australian plant systematics and Australia’s Virtual Herbarium , she was awarded the Nancy Burbidge Memorial Medal in 2001 and an Order of Australia in 2003. Judy’s scientific expertise is in plant systematics and phylogenetics, biodiversity informatics and conservation biology. Her skills developing partnerships linking science and policy are deployed in building an active science and knowledge management network in Parks Australia.
Judy oversees the following parts of Parks Australia:
- Science and Knowledge Management
- Christmas Island National Park
- Pulu Keeling National Park
- Norfolk Island National Park
- Australian National Botanic Gardens
- Australian Biological Resources Study , including Bush Blitz
- Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, in partnership with CSIRO
Assistant Secretary, Marine Protected Areas Branch
Before taking on this role, Jason was General Manager Strategies Branch at the Australian Antarctic Division since August 2011. Prior to that, he was posted with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to Australia’s Embassy in Manila as Counsellor (Political and Economic). Jason has worked as a Senior Adviser in the Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has been Director, China Political and External Section in DFAT. He has also spent time as a senior adviser in the International Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and as Second Secretary (political and economic) at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok. He holds an MA (International Relations), a Graduate Diploma (Foreign Affairs and Trade) and did his first degree, a Bachelor of Arts and Law (with First Class Honours in law), at the University of Tasmania.
Based in Hobart, Jason oversees the Commonwealth Marine Reserves for Parks Australia.
Assistant Secretary, Joint Management Branch
Anna Morgan oversees the management of Australia’s World Heritage listed national parks, Kakadu and Uluru- Kata Tjuta, both jointly managed with their traditional owners. Anna joined the federal environment department in 2000, having worked as a cultural heritage consultant and a conservation officer in Queensland. Anna has held a variety of positions in the department, gaining extensive policy and program management experience in heritage conservation, legislative reform, stakeholder engagement and the deliver of protected area programs. Prior to her current role, Anna established the Working on Country Program in the Northern Territory and led the implementation of the Australian and Northern Territory governments’ bilateral agreement—Healthy Country Healthy People. Anna has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History and Archaeology and a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage Studies in Anthropology and Archaeology.
Anna is based in Darwin, and oversees the following parts of Parks Australia in the Northern Territory and Canberra: