Secretary and Deputy Secretaries

Mr Peter Varghese
Mr Peter Rowe

Peter Rowe

Deputy Secretary (acting)

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

Mr Rowe also serves as ASEAN SOM leader and has responsibility for the East Asia Summit. Mr Rowe represents the department on the Australia-China Council, Australia-Indonesia Institute, the Australia-Japan Foundation, the Australia-Korea Foundation, the Australia-Malaysia Institute, the Australia-Thailand Institute, and the Strategic Policy Coordination Group. Mr Rowe also attends, as required, the National Crisis Committee.

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Mr Ric Wells

Ric Wells

Deputy Secretary

  • Americas Division
  • Europe Division
  • Pacific Division
  • South and West Asia Division
  • Middle East and Africa Division
  • Protocol Branch
  • Policy Planning 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 (ASEM).

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Jan Adams

Jan Adams PSM

Deputy Secretary

  • Free Trade Agreement Division
  • Office of Trade Negotiations
  • Trade and Economic Diplomacy 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.

Biography of Jan Adams

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Ewen McDonald

Ewen McDonald

Deputy Secretary

  • Humanitarian Division
  • Multilateral Development and Partnerships Division
  • Development Policy Division
  • Contracting and Aid Management Division
  • Office of Development Effectiveness

Mr McDonald chairs the Development Policy Committee, the Aid Investment Committee and the department's Audit and Risk Committee. He represents the department on the Independent Evaluation Committee.

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Justin Brown

Justin Brown

Deputy Secretary (acting)

  • Australian Passport Office
  • Corporate Management Division
  • Information Management and Technology Division
  • Overseas Property Office and Services
  • Consular and Crisis Management Division
  • Capability and Change Management Team

Mr Brown chairs the department’s Workplace Relations Committee, the Ethics Committee, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategy Committee and the Business Continuity Task Force.

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