Kate Torney was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the State Library of Victoria in July 2015. State Library Victoria is Victoria’s oldest cultural institution and Australia’s busiest public library, with over 2 million visitors each year and more than 4 million visits online.
From April 2009 Kate was Director of News at the ABC, leading 1400 journalists and production staff around Australia and in 11 international bureaus. Kate was a member of the ABC’s executive leadership team and reported to the Managing Director. She managed a $200 million divisional budget and was in charge of programme teams including 7.30, Four Corners and Australian Story, along with ABC’s reporting teams across the country and around the world.
Kate joined the Library during an exciting period of transformation, overseeing its evolution into an innovative contemporary centre for knowledge, learning and culture. This includes a five-year, $88.1 million redevelopment project – Vision 2020 – building new facilities and function spaces across the iconic heritage site including an e-Town Hall, centre for entrepreneurship, spaces for children and young leaners and new exhibition galleries.
Kate is the Chair of National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) which leads collaboration between galleries, libraries, archives and museums sectors in Australia to enable people to access, use and build on our national collections.
Kate serves on the Ministerial Council for Creative State and the Ministerial Council for Volunteers.
At the ABC, Kate led the News Division through a period of transformational change in the global news industry, expanding the national broadcaster’s news services with the launch and growth of News 24 and the rapid expansion of the ABC’s online and mobile news services. As a result, ABC News is now at the forefront of innovation in digital news delivery, with cross-platform news teams including ABC Fact Check and an interactive digital storytelling unit. Under Kate’s leadership, ABC News climbed from 15th to second place in the digital news marketplace.