Communication - 4 December 2008

Appointment of National Security Adviser

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Duncan Lewis AO, DSC, CSC as National Security Adviser. 

As the Prime Minister said in his National Security Statement to Parliament, the National Security Adviser (NSA) will provide a new level of leadership, direction and coordination among our national security and intelligence agencies.  The NSA will be the source of advice to the Prime Minister on all policy matters relating to the security of the nation and will oversee the implementation of all national security policy.  Appointed at the Associate Secretary level within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), the NSA will report to the Secretary of PM&C who continues as Chair of the Secretaries’ Committee on National Security and as principal departmental officer attending the National Security Committee of Cabinet.  The NSA will interact directly with agency and department heads and his responsibilities will complement the roles and responsibilities of the current heads of agencies by enhancing whole-of-government coordination. 

Mr Duncan Lewis is currently Deputy Secretary, National Security and International Policy in PM&C, co-chair of the National Counter Terrorism Committee, Chair of the Strategic Maritime Management Committee, chair of the Strategic Policy Coordination Group and Chair of the Australian Government Counter Terrorism Policy Committee.   He served for more than 30 years as an officer in the Australian Army, including three tours with the Special Air Service Regiment, retiring from the Army in 2005 as Major General commanding Australian Special Forces.  Previous roles included Head of Defence Staff at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta in 1998 and Commander Sector West in the UN peace-keeping force in East Timor in 2000.

Mr Lewis is a graduate of the British Army Staff College, Camberely and the United States Army War College.  He holds Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of NSW and a Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies and Management from Deakin University.   

Terry Moran

4 December 2008


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