Nicki Godecke is the Department of Finance’s Deputy Director General, Major Projects where she is responsible for the delivery of non-residential government infrastructure projects over $100m. Nicki was temporarily appointed to this position in February 2022 to establish the Directorate, and was formally appointed following a national recruitment process in April 2022. Prior to this Nicki performed the role of Director General, Department of Finance for eight months.
Nicki was previously Commissioner of State Revenue, a role she assumed in August 2015. In that role, she was responsible for the collection of annual State taxes of around $7 billion and the payment of around $200 million in grants. She championed the implementation of early customer engagement initiatives and the use of plain English communication to increase understanding of tax obligations.
Nicki received a Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021 for outstanding public service to WA for dedicated service to Western Australia in her role as Commissioner of State Revenue, including implementing key COVID-19 measures that delivered more than $800 million of new grants, rebates and temporary taxation relief to the WA community.
With qualifications from Curtin University in Marketing, Nicki began her career in 1990 at the then State Taxation Department, and spent the bulk of her career developing significant amendments to the State’s revenue legislation. Nicki also has a Graduate Diploma in Taxation Studies from UWA.