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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:

  • Regional Trade Agreements Division
  • Trade, Investment and Business Engagement Division
  • Office of Trade Negotiations
  • State and Territory Offices

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

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Deputy Secretary, Justin Hayhurst

Justin Hayhurst is responsible for the Geostrategic Group, which includes:

  • East Asia Division
  • US and Indo-Pacific Strategy Division
  • North and South Asia Division
  • AUKUS Taskforce
  • Office of the Ambassador for Arms Control and Counter Proliferation
  • Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office
  • National Foundation for Australia–China Relations
  • Policy Planning Branch

Mr Hayhurst is DFAT’s Indigenous champion.

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Deputy Secretary, Clare Walsh

Clare Walsh is Chief Operating Officer (COO) and responsible for the Service Delivery Group, which includes:

  • Diplomatic Academy
  • Diplomatic Security Division
  • Executive Division
  • Finance Division
  • Information Management and Technology Division
  • Overseas Property Office and Services
  • People Division
  • Protocol Branch

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Acting Deputy Secretary, Rod Hilton

Rod Hilton is the Deputy Secretary of the Department’s Development and Multilateral Group which includes:

  • Development Policy Division
  • Global Health Division
  • Multilateral Policy Division
  • Climate Change and Sustainability Division
  • Program Enabling Division
  • Humanitarian and Partnerships Division

Mr Hilton oversees the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security and chairs the Aid Governance Board.


Deputy Secretary, Michelle Chan

Michelle Chan is responsible for the Southeast Asia and Global Partners Group, which includes:

  • The Office of Southeast Asia
  • Europe and Latin America Division
  • Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan Division

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Michelle Chan

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Head of the Office of the Pacific, Ewen McDonald

Ewen McDonald is responsible for the Office of the Pacific.

The Office of the Pacific coordinates the Australian Government Pacific ‘Step Up’ effort to build stronger relationships with Pacific leaders, governments and people, as well as with regional organisations and institutions.

Mr McDonald chairs the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility (AIFFP) Board and the whole-of-government Pacific Coordination Committee.

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Deputy Secretary, Craig Maclachlan

Craig Maclachlan is the Deputy Secretary of the Department’s Security, Legal and Consular Group which includes:

  • Consular and Crisis Management Division
  • Australian Passports Office
  • Security Division
  • Legal Division
  • Audit Branch

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