NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced that Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Patron, Professor Peter Shergold AC, will act as the NSW Coordinator-General for Refugee Resettlement.
Professor Shergold, the Chancellor of Western Sydney University, will take responsibility for ensuring that the NSW Government is prepared for the arrival of the additional refugee intake from Syria, and then for coordinating across governments, government agencies and NGOs to resettle refugees in NSW.
“I am delighted that Peter Shergold has agreed to become coordinator of the housing, health, education and welfare needs of these thousands of additional arrivals from Syria and Iraq,” Mr Baird said.
“His experience across government, the NGO and private sectors makes him uniquely qualified to take on this role.”
Professor Shergold said that he was honoured to be given the full and strong support of the Premier for such an important role.