AMLA CEO resigns after just six months

The alliance confirmed Ms Austin’s departure late on Friday but declined to give details, including whether it was Ms Austin’s choice to leave. 

In a statement, the alliance said its board appointed its general manager for national programs and member services, Sean Rooney, as acting CEO.

Ms Austin, whose career has included CEO roles at the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria, gave no indication she was leaving in comments to MO less than two weeks before the announcement of her departure.

She welcomed the Coalition’s promised review of Labor’s ML reform, saying “it’s actually fair game to be reviewing a system that a new government inherits”.

“We look forward to a review that is fair and reasonable and we are confident that the review will not be dictated by single-interest groups as has been suggested,” she said.