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
Dr Judy West
Assistant Secretary, Island and Biodiversity Science
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, Parks Business and Policy
Charlton has responsibility for the effective management of Parks Australia’s business and policies. Before taking on this role, Charlton managed Commonwealth Marine Reserves. Before moving to marine reserves in 2008, Charlton managed the aviation operations at the Australian Antarctic Division, including establishing an air service between Australia and Antarctica. He has a background in program and risk management, having spent 10 years in a variety of logistics, operations and management roles in the Australian Army, both domestically and overseas. Charlton has a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.
Based in Hobart, Charlton oversees the following parts of Parks Australia:
- Business and Financial Management
- Planning, Tourism and Strategic Partnerships including National Landscapes
- Strategic Review Project
- Parks Australia strategic planning including:
- De-regulation agenda
- Strategic budget analysis.
- Work, health and safety
- Asset review and management
- Management effectiveness framework
- Commonwealth Marine Reserves review
Assistant Secretary, Joint Management
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:
Acting Assistant Secretary, Commonwealth Marine Reserves
Barbara has been working in marine conservation planning in Australia for over a decade. Prior to joining the Australian Public Service in 2001, Barbara did post-doctorate research at James Cook University on marine environmental monitoring and worked for a number of years in natural resource management in the Dry Tropics region of Australia, with CSIRO Land and Water Division, the Natural Heritage Trust and as a consultant. Through this work, she has gained significant experience in the design and implementation of participatory and consultation processes, aided by formal training in facilitation and conflict resolution.
Her main interest remains the effective integration of evidence and scientific knowledge and advice into policy making and program design and delivery. Barbara has a PhD in Marine Biology from James Cook University and an Executive Master in Public Administration from the Australian National University and the Australian New Zealand School of Government.
- Temperate East & South-east Networks
- South-west & North-west Networks
- Coral Sea & North Networks
- Policies & Program Coordination
- Marine Reserves Management Plans including:
- Finalising partnerships for managing reserves
- Improved regulation