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Secretary and Deputy Secretaries

Secretary and Deputy Secretaries

Secretary, Jan Adams AO PSM

Jan Adams AO PSM was appointed Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 1 July 2022. Prior to this, Ms Adams was Australia's Ambassador to Japan from November 2020 to June 2022 and before that Australia's Ambassador to China from 2016 to 2019.

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Associate Secretary, Tim Yeend

Tim Yeend commenced as Associate Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 10 November 2021.

Mr Yeend is responsible for the Trade and Investment Group, which includes:

  • Free Trade Agreements and Stakeholder Engagement Division
  • International Economics and Green Economy Division
  • Office of Global Trade Negotiations
  • Trade and Investment Law Division
  • Trade Resilience, Indo-Pacific Economic, and Latin America Division
  • Trade and Investment Strategy Branch

Mr Yeend also acts as an alternate ex-officio government member on the EFA Board (Export Finance Australia) and represents the department on the International Economic Policy Group.

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Deputy Secretary, Elly Lawson

Elly Lawson is responsible for the Strategic Planning and Coordination Group, which includes:

  • Defence Policy and Security Division
  • East Asia Division
  • Geostrategy and Partnerships Division
  • National Foundation for Australia–China Relations
  • Strategic Communications Division

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Deputy Secretary, Clare Walsh

Clare Walsh is the department's Chief Operating Officer (COO) and responsible for the Enabling Services Group, which includes:

  • Capability Taskforce
  • Diplomatic Security Division
  • Executive Division
  • Finance Division
  • Information Management and Technology Division
  • Overseas Property Office
  • People Division

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Deputy Secretary, Rod Brazier

Rod Brazier is responsible for the Development, Multilateral and Europe Group which includes:

  • Climate Diplomacy and Development Finance Division
  • Development Policy Division
  • Development Effectiveness and Enabling Division
  • Europe Division
  • Global Health Division
  • Humanitarian Division
  • Multilateral Policy, First Nations and Human Rights Division

Mr Brazier chairs the Development Program Committee.

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Deputy Secretary, Michelle Chan

Michelle Chan is responsible for the South and Southeast Asia Group and is the Head of the Office of Southeast Asia, which includes:

  • Southeast Asia Maritime Division
  • Southeast Asia Regional and Mainland Division
  • Southeast Asia Strategy and Development Division
  • South and Central Asia Division
  • Centre for Australia-India Relations

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Head of the Office of the Pacific, Elizabeth Peak

Elizabeth Peak is responsible for the Office of the Pacific.

The Office of the Pacific coordinates the Australian Government efforts with the Pacific family to build stronger relationships with Pacific leaders, governments and people, as well as with regional organisations and institutions.

Ms Peak chairs the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) Board and the whole-of-government Pacific Coordination Committee.

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Deputy Secretary, Craig Maclachlan

Craig Maclachlan is responsible for the International Security, Legal and Consular Group which includes:

  • Consular and Crisis Management Division
  • International Security Division
  • Legal Division
  • Middle East and Africa Division
  • Regulatory and Legal Policy Division
  • Australian Passports Office
  • Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office

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