Dr Heather Smith commenced as Deputy Secretary in August 2010.
In February 2005, Dr Smith was appointed Deputy Director-General, Office of National Assessments with responsibility, at various times, for North East Asia, South Asia, the Pacific, transnational issues, international economic issues, corporate issues, and Executive and Foreign Intelligence Coordination.
Between 2003-2005, Dr Smith held positions at the Australia Treasury of General Manager, G20 and APEC Secretariat and General Manager, International Economy Division.
From 2000-2003, she was Assistant Director-General, International Economy Branch, Office of National Assessment.
Before joining the public service Dr Smith was an academic working on North East Asia at the Australian National University, holding various position from 1994-2000. She also worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia from 1988-1990.
Dr Smith holds a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland and a Masters and PhD in Economics from the Australian National University.