Secretary and Deputy Secretaries

Secretary, Peter Varghese AO

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Mr Peter Varghese

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Deputy Secretary, Ric Wells

  • Americas Division
  • Europe Division
  • Pacific Division
  • South and West Asia Division
  • Middle East and Africa Division
  • Protocol Branch
  • Policy Planning Branch
  • Internal Audit Branch

Mr Wells represents the department on the Australia-India Council, the Council for Australian-Arab Relations and the Council on Australia-Latin America Relations. He also carries responsibility for the Asia Europe Meeting.

Biography of Ric Wells

Mr Ric Wells

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Deputy Secretary, Ewen McDonald

  • Humanitarian, NGOs and Partnerships Division
  • Multilateral Development and Partnerships Division
  • Multilateral Policy Division
  • Development Policy Division
  • Office of Development Effectiveness
  • innovationXchange

Mr McDonald chairs the Aid Investment Committee, the Development Policy Committee, and the Audit and Risk Committee. He also represents the department on the Independent Evaluation Committee and is a member of the Indigenous Taskforce.

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Ewen McDonald

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Deputy Secretary, Gary Quinlan

  • South-East Asia Maritime Division
  • South-East Asia Mainland and Regional Division
  • North Asia Division
  • Public Diplomacy and Communications Division
  • International Security Division
  • Consular and Crisis Management Division
  • Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office
  • New Colombo Plan Secretariat Branch

The People Smuggling Taskforce and the relevant Ambassador report directly to Mr Quinlan.

Mr Quinlan represents the department on the National Intelligence Coordination Committee and the Strategic Policy Coordination Group. He serves as ASEAN SOM leader and carries responsibility for the East Asia Summit. Mr Quinlan represents the department on the Australia-China Council, the Australia-Indonesia Institute, the Australia-Japan Foundation, the Australia-Korea Foundation, the Australia-Malaysia Institute and the Australia-Thailand Institute (until the latter two are replaced by the Australia-ASEAN Council). He also attends, as required, the Australian Government Crisis Committee (AGCC) and the National Crisis Committee (NCC).

Biography of Gary Quinlan

Mr Greg Moriarty

Deputy Secretary, Jennifer Rawson

  • Australian Passports Office
  • Corporate Management Division
  • Information Management and Technology Division
  • Overseas Property Office and Services
  • Contracting and Aid Management Division
  • Legal Division
  • Capability and Change Management Team

Ms Rawson chairs the Workplace Relations Committee, the Ethics Committee, the Information and Communications Technology Steering Committee, the Business Continuity Taskforce and the Indigenous Taskforce.

Biography of Jennifer Rawson

Ms Jennifer Rawson

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Acting Deputy Secretary, Justin Brown

  • Free Trade Agreement Division
  • Office of Trade Negotiations
  • Trade, Investment and Economic Diplomacy Division

The Sustainability and Climate Change Branch and the Ambassador for the Environment will report directly to Mr Brown but remain within the Multilateral Policy Division structure.

Mr Brown will also act as an alternate ex-officio government member on the EFIC board and represent the department on the International Economic Policy Group.

Justin Brown

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Last Updated: 5 March 2015