The National Security and International Policy Group Executive

Associate Secretary

The Associate Secretary leads the National Security and International Policy Group in the provision of advice to the Prime Minister and whole-of-government coordination on national security matters.

Dr Margot McCarthy was appointed as an Associate Secretary on 3 February 2012.

The National Security and International Policy Group

The National Security and International Policy Group provides advice on Australia’s foreign, trade and treaty matters, defence, intelligence, non-proliferation, counter-terrorism, law enforcement, border security and emergency management matters and plays a coordinating leadership role in the development of integrated, whole-of-government national security policy.

The National Security and International Policy Group comprises three divisions:

  • The International Division provides advice on Australia’s foreign, trade and development assistance policy;
  • The Cyber Policy and Intelligence Division which has responsibility for whole-of-government cyber policy (including cyber security), and provides advice on national security information sharing and management, and intelligence policy;
  • The National Security Division provides advice on domestic security and defence, including border protection, counter-terrorism, crisis management, and defence operations and support.

Key Contacts

  • Dr Margot McCarthy – Associate Secretary
  • Ms Lynette Wood – First Assistant Secretary, International Division
  • Ms Lynwen Connick – First Assistant Secretary, Cyber Policy and Intelligence Division
  • Mr Richard Sadleir – First Assistant Secretary, National Security Division
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Last Updated: 21 February 2014