The Secretariat comprises the Secretary, as the departmental head, together with the staff of the Commission who are officers or employees of the public service. The role of the Secretariat, through the Secretary, is to:

  • Manage the affairs of the Commission;

  • In relation to the management of the affairs of the Commission, act in accordance with any directions of the Commission;

  • Advise the Commission on any matter concerning the affairs of the Commission that are referred to him or her by the Commission; and

  • When required to do so by the Commission to:

  • (i) prepare or obtain legal opinions;

  • (ii) advise the Commission on any matter relating to law reform; and

  • (iii) assist in the preparation and implementation of any law-reform program,

and has such other powers, functions, duties, and responsibilities as the Commission determines, from time to time.

There are six Divisions under Two Deputy Secretaries:

Deputy Secretary – Legislative Reforms

  1. Constitutional Law – responsible for the review of the Constitution and the Organic Law and such other matters of a constitutional nature, as directed by the Government, or upon a request from government departments and institutions;

  2. Colonial Law and Underlying Law –

  3. Drafts and Advisory – responsible for consulting with any government departments, institutions, authorities, organisations, instrumentalities or bodies, or any other institutions, organisations, or bodies, which in the opinion of the Commission, would be affected by any proposed changes in law, or any member of the public.

  4. Research, Monitoring and Policy – responsible for all research work concerning important key issues that are identified as a result of the Constitutional Directives and/or Terms of References. Monitor and provide policy advice to the law process so that laws are aligned to policies.

Deputy Secretary – Corporate Services

  1. Human Resource Management and Information Communication Technology – responsible for Human Resource matters, including Recruitment and selection; Training and development; Promoting organization brand and culture; addressing health and safety issues; Managing performance; Preparing succession plans; Managing salaries and benefits; Ensuring compliances; and other general human resource concerns.

  2. Finance and Administration – responsible for all financial matters and administration.

The Secretary

Dr. Mange Matui is the Secretary of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission (CLRC, a position which he holds since January 2020.  Dr. Matui graduated from the University of Papua New Guinea with Bachelor of Laws (LLB degree) with honors, Masters of Laws in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of London, and Doctor of Philosophy in Law (Ph.D), specializing in corporate governance, from the University of Waikato, New Zealand.  After graduating from the University of Papua New Guinea, and admission to the bar after training at Papua New Guinea Legal Training Institute, Dr. Matui spent the last twenty years teaching law at the University of Papua New Guinea and practicing law with various law firms.

Before taking up the post as Secretary of the CLRC, Dr. Matui was a Professor of Law, and served as the Executive Dean of the School of Law for three years, and served as the Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Papua New Guinea for another three years before his appointment as the Secretary to CLRC.  Dr. Matui also served as Director on several boards of corporations, including the CLRC as the Commissioner for five years.

Deputy Secretary – Legislative Reforms

Mrs. Dorothy Mimiko Kesenga has eighteen (18) years of professional experience in the public service. She started her career as a Legal Officer in 2003 with the Department of Justice & Attorney after being admitted to the bar from the Legal Training Institute in 2002. She left to join the Constitutional & Law Reform Commission (CLRC) in 2009 as a Senior Legal Officer and has been serving since in various senior positions including Director, Constitutional Law, until her appointment in 2018 as the Deputy Secretary. She has a Law Degree from the University of PNG and a Masters in Law (Specializing in International Law) from the Australian National University (ANU), Australia.

Deputy Secretary – Corporate Services

Mr. Xavier Winnia, completed his Bachelor of Art from UPNG in 2010. He then completed his postgraduate study in 2012 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in 2014. Prior to joining CLRC in 2015, he worked as a research consultant on the review of the government’s decentralisation policy from between 2013 and 2014. He joined CLRC in 2015 as senior research officer and later to Acting Director Legal, Research and Library Services Division in June 2019.