Secretary and Deputy Secretaries

Mr Peter Varghese
Ms Gillian Bird

Gillian Bird

Deputy Secretary

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

Ms Bird serves as ASEAN SOM leader and carries responsibility for the East Asia Summit. She 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. She chairs the Pandemic Contingency Task Force and attends, as required, the National Crisis Committee.

Biography of Gillian Bird

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Mr Paul Grigson

Paul Grigson

Deputy Secretary

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

Mr Grigson represents the department on the National Intelligence and Coordination Committee. He is also the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) and carries responsibility for the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM).

Biography of Paul Grigson

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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)
  • Policy Planning Branch

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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Chris Moraitis

Chris Moraitis

Deputy Secretary

  • Australian Passports Office
  • Corporate Management Division
  • Information Management and Technology Division
  • Overseas Property Office and Services
  • Legal Division
  • Multilateral Policy Division
  • Integration Taskforce
  • Capability and Change Management Team

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

  • 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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