IPAA ACT President

IPAA ACT is governed by an elected Council of twenty members, including a current departmental Secretary as President.
 

Dr Steven Kennedy PSM
Secretary, The Treasury
IPAA ACT President

Dr Steven Kennedy PSM took up the position of IPAA ACT President on 4 September 2019. Dr Kennedy was appointed Secretary to the Treasury on 2 September 2019.

Prior to his appointment as Treasury Secretary, Dr Kennedy was Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development between September 2017 and August 2019. During his nearly 30 years in the public service, Dr Kennedy has held various other senior positions in various departments and agencies including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Department of the Environment and Energy.

Dr Kennedy began his public service career in 1992 as a cadet at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Prior to joining the public service, he trained and worked as a nurse.

Dr Kennedy has served on a number of boards and foundations. Dr Kennedy was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2016 for outstanding public service in the area of climate change policy. Dr Kennedy holds a PhD and a Masters in Economics from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.

Former Presidents

IPAA ACT thanks our past presidents for their leadership and dedication in promoting excellence and professionalism in public administration.

Frances Adamson FIPAA
Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
President, 2017-2019

Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM FIPAA
Secretary, Department of the Environment and Energy
President, 2016-2017

Glenys Beauchamp PSM FIPAA
Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
President, 2013-2016

Andrew Metcalfe AO FIPAA
Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
President, 2010-2013

2010 and earlier

IPAA ACT has a rich heritage, dating back to the 1950's when the organisation was originally formed. Presidents have included Sir John Crawford for the period 1955-1957, after whom the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy was named. From the mid 1990's onwards, it has been convention to have a Secretary occupy the position of President.

2008-2010

Ian McPhee AO PSM FIPAA

Auditor-General of Australia

2006-2008 

Lisa Paul AO PSM FIPAA

Secretary, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

2004-2006

Michael Taylor AO FIPAA

Secretary, Department of Transport and Regional Services

2002-2004 

Robert Cornall AO FIPAA

Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department

2000-2002

Ken Matthews AO FIPAA

Secretary, Department of Transport and Regional Services

1998-2000

Andrew Podger AO FIPAA

Secretary, Department of Health and Aged Care

1996-1998

Dr Allan Hawke AC​ FIPAA

Secretary, Department of Transport and Regional Services

1994-1996

Lionel Woodward AO FIPAA

CEO, Australian Customs Service

1992-1994

Pamela O'Neil FIPAA

Former Sex Discrimination Commissioner

1990-1992

John Taylor AO FIPAA

Auditor-General of Australia

1989-1990

David Shand

First Assistant Secretary, Department of Finance

1987-1989

Dr Claire Clark FIPAA

Assistant Secretary, ACT Administration (prior to ACT self-government)

1985-1987

Norman Fisher AO FIPAA

Deputy Commissioner, Public Service Board

1983-1984

Dr Roy Cameron CB FIPAA

Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics

1981-1983

Philip Flood AO FIPAA

Chief Executive for Special Trade Negotiations

1979-1981

Justice Rae Else-Mitchell

Chairman, Legal Aid Commission ACT

1976-1978

Professor Lindsay Curtis AO

Deputy Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department

1975-1977

Don Steele Craik

Auditor-General of Australia

1973-1975

Dr Roger Wettenhall

Canberra College of Advanced Education

1971-1973

Walter Ives

Secretary, Department of Primary Industry

1969-1970

Sir Peter Heydon

Secretary, Department of Immigration

1967-1969

E E Chrichton

Commonwealth Public Service Board

1965-1967

G E Pettit

Organisation unknown (click here if you know more)

1963-1965

Rober Hyslop

Assistant Secretary, Department of Defence

1961-1963

Professor Robert Parker

Head of Political Science, ANU

1959-1961

F L McCay

Organisation unknown (click here if you know more)

1957-1959

Professor Fin Crisp

Head of Political Science, ANU

1955-1957

J G Crawford

Secretary, Department of Commerce and Agriculture

1953-1954

W E Dunk

Chairman, Commonwealth Public Service Board

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Kingston ACT 2604

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