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Associate Secretary

Ms Rebecca Skinner

Rebecca Skinner

Rebecca was appointed as the acting Associate Secretary of Defence in October 2017 and confirmed in the role September 2018. She is responsible for Defence enterprise planning, performance and risk management, and the integration of all corporate enabling functions across the Department. Prior to this appointment, Rebecca was Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy and Intelligence from September 2016, where she was responsible for the Defence intelligence agencies, strategic, international and industry policy and contestability. This followed her promotion to Deputy Secretary Defence People in May 2014, responsible for ADF and civilian personnel policy, delivery of people shared services, the ADF recruitment and family programs, culture change and honours and awards.

Prior to that she has held the positions of:

  • First Assistant Secretary Capability Investment and Resources (2012-2014);
  • First Assistant Secretary Ministerial and Executive Coordination and Communication (2011-2012);
  • First Assistant Secretary Strategic Policy (2008-2011); and
  • During 2010 Rebecca was the head of the secretariat for the Government's review of the Woomera Prohibited Area. She led a cross-government team examining the national security and economic interests of the region and recommending arrangements for its future.

Prior to those appointments, Rebecca had been Assistant Secretary Defence and Intelligence at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for policy coordination across Defence and the Australian Intelligence Community. Her appointment followed a year as a senior executive in the Attorney General's Portfolio.

Rebecca originally joined the Department of Defence in 1993 after four years teaching secondary school. Rebecca worked at the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) holding a range of positions in information security and signals intelligence, including a posting as an ASD Liaison officer to the National Security Agency.

Moving to the Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) in 2002 to head intelligence production and coordination, she took up a Senior Executive Service (SES) position as Assistant Secretary Analytical Services in 2003 and was promoted to the SES in 2004. In this role Rebecca was responsible for corporate intelligence support functions and the management of the allied information systems and policy.

Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Melbourne, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Computer Science) from Swinburne University. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rebecca is married to Michel and they have two teenage sons.