Manager, Workforce Planning and Design, Department of Social Services
"Ben Hamer has been involved in some specific initiatives which he has personally influenced resulting in changes in a government sector which is so hard to do. I am pleased to award the HR Rising Star award in 2014 to Ben." – Dave Ulrich
Ben Hamer is a federal public servant with the Australian government. At 25 years of age, he has held management and advisory positions at the Department of Social Services (current), Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and Department of Defence. He specialises in workforce capability, planning, and design. In doing so, Ben partners with senior executives to ensure effective, efficient and sustainable workforce capacity, capability, and flexibility. Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (First Class Honours) at the Australian National University in 2011. He is currently studying his PhD in leadership at the University of Canberra.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is a federal government agency consisting of over 3,500 employees across Australia and a budget exceeding $115 billion. It aspires to be Australia's pre-eminent social policy agency through improving the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia. Created in October 2013 in response to a Machinery of Government, DSS assumes policy responsibility for: families and children; housing; communities and vulnerable people; seniors; ageing and aged care; disability and carers; and settlement and multicultural affairs.