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DIRECTOR-GENERAL, ACT Transport Canberra and City Services

Alison Playford



Alison Playford has over 30 years’ public sector experience in both the Commonwealth and ACT Government.  
Alison held a range of positions in the Commonwealth Department of Finance, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Attorney General’s Department.  These included the areas of native title, indigenous litigation, family law, administrative law, federal courts and tribunals.  

Alison was in the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JACS) as a Deputy Director-General since 2010, and as the Director-General since 2014.  JACS is responsible for justice administration, protection of rights and law reform, law enforcement, business regulation and emergency services.

In May 2019 Alison commenced in the role of Director-General, Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS).   TCCS is a diverse directorate delivering essential services Canberrans rely on each day.  Transport Canberra manages Canberra’s public transport system. It ensures that buses and light rail are integrated, and with other forms of transport including taxis and active travel elements such as cycling and walking.
City Services delivers a range of services including public libraries, the collection of recycling and waste, graffiti removal, shop and playground upgrades and grass mowing. It is responsible for the management of urban trees, public open spaces and city places including maintenance of shops, domestic animal services, animal welfare and other licensing and compliance services including ranger services and permits for public land use. City Services also manages roads, footpaths, street lights and cycle paths.  The directorate manages a number of ACT Government businesses such as Capital Linen Service and Yarralumla Nursery and provides administrative oversight to the ACT Public Cemeteries Authority.