Secretary and Deputy Secretaries

Mr Peter Varghese
Ms Gillian Bird

Gillian Bird

Deputy Secretary

  • Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office
  • Consular, Public Diplomacy and Parliamentary Affairs Division
  • International Security Division (strategic and defence policy and arms control)
  • North Asia Division
  • South-East Asia Division

Ms Bird serves as Ambassador to ASEAN and carries responsibility for the East Asia Summit. She represents the department on the Australia-Indonesia Institute, the Australia-Malaysia Institute, the Australia-Thailand Institute, the Australia-China Council, the Australia-Japan Foundation, the Australia-Korea Foundation and the Strategic Policy Coordination Group. She chairs the Pandemic Contingency Task Force and the Department's Audit and Risk Committee. Ms Bird also attends, as required, the National Crisis Committee.

Biography of Gillian Bird

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Mr Paul Grigson

Paul Grigson

Deputy Secretary

  • Americas and Africa Division
  • Europe Division
  • International Security Division (intelligence policy and counter terrorism)
  • Pacific Division
  • Protocol Branch
  • South and West Asia and Middle East Division

Mr Grigson represents the Department on the National Intelligence and Coordination Committee, the Homeland and Border Security Policy Coordination Group, the Development Effectiveness Steering Committee, the Australia-India Council, the Council for Australian-Arab Relations and the Council on Australia-Latin America Relations. He is the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) and also carries responsibility for the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM).

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Jan Adams

Jan Adams

Deputy Secretary

  • Free Trade Agreement Division
  • Office of Trade Negotiations
  • Policy Planning Branch
  • Trade and Economic Policy Division (including G20)

Ms Adams is an alternate ex officio government member on the EFIC Board. She also represents the department on the International Economic Policy Group.

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Chris Moraitis

Chris Moraitis

Deputy Secretary

  • Australian Passports Office
  • Corporate Management Division
  • Information Management and Technology Division
  • International Organisations and Legal Division
  • Overseas Property Office

Mr Moraitis chairs the Workplace Relations Committee, the Indigenous Task Force and the Ethics Committee. He also chairs the ICT Strategy Committee and the Business Continuity Task Force.

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Ewen McDonald

Ewen McDonald

Deputy Secretary

  • South and West Asia Development Division
  • Humanitarian and Stabilisation Division
  • International Policy and Partnerships Division
  • Policy and Sector Division
  • Economic Advisory Group

Mr McDonald chairs the Development Policy Committee and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Biography of Ewen McDonald

Gary Dunn

Gary Dunn

Deputy Secretary

  • Program Effectiveness and Performance Division
  • Office of Development Effectiveness
  • Business Improvement Taskforce
  • Whole of Government Branch

Mr Dunn will advise on the DFAT-AusAID integration process, with a focus on change management, business reform, capabilities and organisational culture.

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