CPSU Council Election Update: Final results declaration5 minute read

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We just heard from the Australian Electoral Commission that it has just completed Stage 1 of our CPSU Council Elections.


Ballots were conducted in three electorates where more nominations were received than available positions. Those ballots closed on Monday March 8.

Final results are now in – Congratulations to:

Electorate 1: Healing and Caring

Emil Kavic – Communities Tasmania

Leah Woolford – Child Safety Service

Electorate 5: Planning for our Future

Tanya Targett – Service Tasmania

Simon Lynch – State Growth

Electorate 6: Outside State Service

Mark Rippon – Sustainable Timber Tasmania

Thank you to all CPSU Members who put their names forward for election the CPSU. The fact we have a full Council and contested elections is a testament to our values as a proudly democratic and member-led union.


We acknowledge the following members who ran in the recent election but were not elected for their dedication to CPSU members and their service and commitment:

Kylie Farrell (Outside State Service)

Electorate Officer and CPSU Delegate

The reason I put my hand forward was to make sure that there were more female voices heard about women’s work. Also, to give the people I represent more of a say in where the union is going.

Greater membership engagement is something we need to work on and getting people in this electorate more involved. It’s a mixed bag – people working outside the State Service

I’d like to see people outside the State Service be more aware of their rights and what their employers can and can’t do. And also, for them not be afraid to join a union.

Andrew Harris (Planning for our Future)

Skills Tasmania Delegate

I think it’s really important that the council is full, and members attend meetings.

You need a diversity of ideas and thoughts.

It’s important that to understand the governance of the council and are prepared to participate to ensure good governance on behalf of members.

I’d like to see a real push to get younger members, for the future of the unions, then the activists will rise up out of that group.

Andrew said he’d also like to see more formalised career pathways for public sector workers so they could progress and understand what steps they need to take to do so.

Scott Ragg (Healing and Caring)

RHH Pathology Delegate

I was elected to council soon after I got involved with the groundbreaking AHP Agreement, and I’ve been on the council for the past 12-14 years.

It’s fantastic to have renewal across the council and it’s fantastic to have contested elections.

It’s the first time since I started on council that all vacancies on council will be filled. Congratulations to Emil and Leah on their election.

In recent years there’s been a much greater focus on compliance and governance, with a higher level of internal accountability.

We look forward to continuing to work with these outstanding workplace and union leaders in future.

Here is your full Council team for the 2021 – 2024 term:

President – Grant Ransley (Health)
Vice President – Rosmyn Faulks (Police)
Vice President – Steven Arditto (THS)
Secretary – Thirza White
Assistant Secretary – Tom Lynch
Treasurer – Frances Hall (Health)
Executive Councillor – Michelle Castle (Education)
Executive Councillor – Thomas Courto (DPIPWE)
Executive Councillor – Tania Shilcock (State Growth)

Electorate 1: Healing and Caring
• Emil Kavic – Communities Tasmania
• Leah Woolford – Child Safety Service

Electorate 2: Educating our People
• Natalie Barkoczy -Education
• Sonia Guizzo – Education
• Amanda Smith – Education

Electorate 3: Protecting our Environment and our Industries
• Jodie Elmer – DPIPWE
• Stewart Huxtable – DPIPWE

Electorate 4: Delivering Justice and Safety
• Jason Buckley – Justice
• Damian Hingston – Police
• Natalie Luttrell – Justice

Electorate 5: Planning for our Future
• Tanya Targett – Service Tasmania
• Simon Lynch – State Growth

Electorate 6: Outside State Service
• Mark Rippon – Sustainable Timber Tasmania

CPSU General Secretary Thirza White

“Our Council plays a key role in how the union operates. It’s part of our democratic structure, and like everything we do, members are at the front and centre.

We welcome all the new faces to the Council and look forward to hearing from you and working with you.”

Man speaking to reporters

CPSU Assistant Secretary Tom Lynch

“Thank you to all the dedicated Members who put their names forward to run in CPSU Council elections.

We know, elected or otherwise, each week you’re making your corner of the public sector a better place to work and better for Tasmanians who rely on the services you provide”

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