Dermot Casey

Dermot Casey retired from the Australian Public Service (APS) in 2013 after a career of forty years in public administration, both in the United Kingdom and Australia. His career has spanned a range of senior policy and operational positions in the areas of children and families, health and immigration. He joined Paladin’s Board of Directors in May 2019.

Dermot began his career as a social worker in the UK before moving to Australia, where he worked within the area of child protection in both the NSW and ACT government services before moving to the APS.

The last fifteen years of his career, within the APS, were as a Senior Executive at the Department of Health and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. He spent six years leading the National Mental Health and National Suicide Prevention programs, during which period he was involved in the setting up of Beyondblue, a leading not-for-profit that addresses mental health issues in Australia. In January 2008, whilst at Immigration and Citizenship, he was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal (PSM) in the Australia Day Honours for “his contribution to the improvement of health and psychological services in Australia’s Immigration Detention Network”.

Dermot holds degrees in Social Science and Law as well as a Master’s degree in Applied Social Studies.