Steven Groves is the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) for the Department of Defence.
Before being appointed as the CFO, Steven was the Acting Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Secretary Corporate and Enabling Group at the Department of Home Affairs.
Prior to this, Steven was the CFO of the Department of Home Affairs including in its various pre-merger entities including the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and the Australian Customs Service. While at ACBPS Steven also led a taskforce on Revenue and Trade Crime. Steven joined Customs in 2008. Steven was first appointed a CFO of a Commonwealth Department in 2007 at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Prior to Veterans Affairs, Steven spent 8 years in corporate accounting roles at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) leading at various times the Management Accounting and Financial Operations Branches. During this time, he worked directly to the ATO CFO in a deputy role.
Steven has extensive experience in executive and leadership positions within the Commonwealth Public Service with over 20 years working predominantly in senior corporate finance roles.
Steven graduated in 1994 from the James Cook University, in Townsville with a Bachelor of Commerce. Steven is a Fellow of CPA Australia and has completed a number of post graduate courses.
Steven grew up in Townsville, North Queensland and is married with 2 teenage children.