The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation comprises the Western Australian Tourism Commission and the following three operational divisions:

  • Policy, Planning and Science; which provides strategic policy advice on State development issues, develops the State’s science and innovation capabilities, and develops industrial land
  • Resources Development and Defence; which leads and assists the development and expansion of Western Australia’s resources and industry sectors, improves local industry capability and participation, and promotes Western Australia’s defence sector
  • International Education, Trade and Investment; which promotes export market development and manages the State Government’s network of international trade and investment offices

The Department is also supported by legal counsel and appropriate corporate services.

Key personnel

Richard Sellers 
A/Director General of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Tourism Commission
Richard was appointed as A/Director General of the Department in April 2018.  He was appointed Director General of the Department of Transport in September 2016. Richard has extensive experience in the public sector. 

Geoffrey Wedgwood
Deputy Director General, Resources Development and Defence

Geoffrey joined the Department as Deputy Director General in September 2016. He has a wealth of resources-related experience, particularly in oil and gas, mineral sands, and iron ore, across both the public and private sectors.
Joe Ostojich
Deputy Director General, Policy, Planning and Science

Joe has been with the Department since 2006, and was appointed to his current position in 2014. He has worked on significant projects for the state including the Gorgon LNG project, and the Roy Hill iron ore project. Prior to joining the Department, Joe worked for the Australian Government in the area of international trade finance and risk management.

Rob Delane
Deputy Director General, International Education, Trade and Investment
Rob’s appointment joined the department in 2016, as Special Adviser, Agribusiness Expansion. Prior to joining the department he was Director General of the Department of Agriculture and Food for more than six years, and has also served as Deputy Secretary of the Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Steve Melville
Director, Corporate Services

Steve joined the department in 2011 from the Forest Products Commission of WA. He has a range of financial, marketing and management experience in both the government and private sectors.

Pamela Hass
Principal Counsel, Legal and Commercial Strategy

Pamela joined the Department in 2011. Pamela’s previous positions include University Secretary and Special Legal Counsel at the University of Western Australia and General Counsel at Curtin University in Western Australia. Pamela was the first national president of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association – the association for in-house counsel – from Western Australia.