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Frances Adamson was appointed Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 22 July 2016. She took up the position in Canberra on 25 August 2016.
Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Ms Adamson was International Adviser to the Australian Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP from November 2015.
Biography of Frances Adamson
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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
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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.
Biography of Ewen McDonald
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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
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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.
Biography of Justin Brown
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Mr Wells was appointed Deputy Secretary in June 2009.
From 2011 to 2014, he was Australia’s Ambassador to France. He has also served as Deputy Head of the Australian Mission to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, and undertook earlier postings to Indonesia and Egypt.
Biography of Ric Wells
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