Mel Metz

Assistant Secretary, Aged Care Legislative Reform, Commonwealth Department of Health

Mel Metz is the Assistant Secretary of the Aged Care Legislative Reform Branch at the Commonwealth Department of Health. Her team has responsibility for managing the aged care legislative reform program which includes delivery of the new aged care Act.

Mel has 18 years of experience in the Commonwealth public service and has a passion for social policy and law reform. Over her career Mel has worked on a diverse range of health and social programs including aged care, the NDIS, social security, family assistance, Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Mel was also instrumental in designing and delivering the legislation and negotiating a referral of powers from the States to establish the National Redress Scheme in 2018.

Mel has a Master of Laws from ANU and Bachelor of Science with Honours (majoring in biochemistry) from La Trobe University. In addition to policy and delivery roles within government, Mel spent 10 years working as in-house counsel and is admitted as a legal practitioner in the ACT

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