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Defence Strategic Policy and Intelligence Group

Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy and Intelligence

Mr Tom Hamilton

Tom Hamilton

As acting Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy and Intelligence, Mr Hamilton has the stewardship of the Defence Intelligence agencies, and lead responsibility for Defence’s strategic, international and industry policy.

Prior to commencing his current role, Mr Hamilton held the position of First Assistant Secretary Strategic Policy from March 2016 to August 2018 where he was responsible for managing the development of policy, military strategy and strategic planning and advice for the Australian Government, senior Defence leaders and other government agencies on the strategic implications of defence and national security matters.

Mr Hamilton joined the Department of Defence in 2001 and has served in a number of roles in Defence focusing on strategy and capability development, including major capability project analysis and budgeting.

From 2004 to 2009 Mr Hamilton served in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in the National Security Division, with responsibility for defence capability policy and domestic security policy including maritime security operations.  He was also a senior adviser in the Social Policy Division in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, responsible for indigenous policy and employment services policy.

From 2009 to 2013 Mr Hamilton was seconded to the office of the Minister for Defence as a policy adviser and subsequently served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Minister for Defence.

Before taking up the role of First Assistant Secretary Strategic Policy, Mr Hamilton held the position of Assistant Secretary Global Interests, located within the International Policy Division in the Department of Defence.  The branch was responsible for providing policy advice on Australia's Defence interests including relationships and military operations involving Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Canada, and international organisations including the United Nations, NATO and the EU.

Mr Hamilton has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Adelaide University.