Rosemary Huxtable has led Finance since October 2016 and was appointed Secretary in February 2017. As Secretary, Rosemary is responsible for all functions and services delivered by the Department, including supporting the delivery of the Australian Government Budget, overseeing the financial framework of Australian Government entities, providing shareholder oversight of GBEs, managing the Australian Government’s non-Defence domestic property portfolio and aspects of public sector modernisation.
Rosemary joined Finance in June 2013 as Deputy Secretary of Budget and Financial Reporting. Before that, Rosemary was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Health and Ageing and was responsible for driving significant health and aged care reforms, particularly in the areas of Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, hospital financing, mental health and aged care.
Rosemary has worked extensively in the areas of budget management and health and community services across both public and private sectors, including 30 years in Commonwealth administration.
Rosemary was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2005 for her contribution to developing innovative policies to strengthen the Australian healthcare system, particularly access to medical services through Medicare.
Deputy Secretary Matt Yannopoulos PSM
Matt Yannopoulos took up the role of Deputy Secretary of Budget and Financial Reporting on 3 February 2020. Before this, he was the Chief Operating Officer in the Department of Health. Matt has held significant roles, including Senior Responsible Officer for Child Care Reform Implementation at the Department of Education, Chief Information Officer at the Department of Health and at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and as the Department of Defence's first Chief Technology Officer.
Matt was awarded a Public Service Medal in January 2019 for his substantial achievements in implementing the Australian Government’s childcare reforms across the Education, Human Services and Social Services departments.
Budget and Financial Reporting
Budget and Financial Reporting provides policy and financial advice on government expenditure and non-taxation revenue matters to the Minister for Finance, other senior ministers and the Expenditure Review Committee of Cabinet.
Budget and Financial Reporting supports the Government in its preparation, delivery and ongoing management of the Budget and assists agencies in meeting their financial management and reporting obligations. It aims to ensure that the analysis, policy advice and costing information provided to government support informed decision-making and that economic updates are delivered within timeframes and meet their legislative requirements.
Deputy Secretary Clare Walsh
Clare Walsh joined the Department of Finance in July 2020, taking up the role of Deputy Secretary Business Enabling Services. Previously, Clare was the Deputy Secretary for the Global Cooperation, Development and Partnerships Group at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Before that, she was the Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Japan.
Clare has more than 20 years’ experience working in a wide range of international and domestic policy roles. She led DFAT's development work of the G20 throughout Australia's presidency of that forum in 2013–14. Before this, Clare was head of the International Division of the Department of Climate Change, and formerly held positions in the Department of Environment and the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources.
Clare is currently Chair of the Chief Operating Officers' Committee, established in February 2020 with a remit to embed an enterprise-wide approach to APS operations and management. In the pandemic, it has played an important role in considering APS workforce issues.
Business Enabling Services
Business Enabling Services works with the Secretary, Executive Board and other business groups in the Department to enhance, promote and sustain Finance's role as a trusted and professional adviser to the Australian Government. Business Enabling Services provides corporate services and information, technology and workplace support, and leads the implementation of Finance’s internal transformation program.
Business Enabling Services also provides current parliamentarians and their staff, and former senators and members with a range of facilities and services.
Deputy Secretary Nathan Williamson
Nathan Williamson joined the Department of Finance in November 2020, taking up the role of Deputy Secretary, Governance and Resource Management. Before this, he held several senior roles at the Department of Social Services including Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary, Social Security.
Nathan has worked in senior executive roles in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Human Services and the Australian National Audit Office.
Governance and Resource Management
Governance and Resource Management develops policy and advises on the resource management and governance frameworks for public sector agencies, accounting policy, the Australian Government’s investment funds, and superannuation arrangements for members of parliament and Commonwealth employees. It also advises on and coordinates government information and advertising campaigns.
Additionally, Governance and Resource Management consolidates budget updates, contributes to the preparation of the budget statements and prepares the Commonwealth’s monthly and annual consolidated financial statements. It also provides policy and program leadership on initiatives aimed at modernising and increasing the public sector’s productivity, including major departmental investment, ICT budget advice and grants administration.
For the reporting period until 29 October 2020, the Deputy Secretary, Governance and Resource Management was Dr Stein Helgeby.
Deputy Secretary Andrew Jaggers
Andrew Jaggers was appointed Deputy Secretary of Commercial and Government Services in December 2018. Since May 2021, Andrew has led Quarantine Infrastructure Delivery where he is responsible for delivering national purpose-built quarantine facilities. He was previously the First Assistant Secretary of the Commercial Division in Finance where he was responsible for oversight of government businesses and major commercial transactions and scoping studies.
Before this, Andrew was the Executive Director of the Infrastructure Investment Division at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and was responsible for delivering the Infrastructure Investment Program including major road and rail projects and regional support programs.
Quarantine Infrastructure Delivery
Quarantine Infrastructure Delivery leads the delivery of national purpose-built quarantine facilities on behalf of the Australian Government in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. Quarantine Infrastructure Delivery plays an important role in partnership with state governments and agencies across the Commonwealth to progress the planning, construction and operations of national quarantine facilities which are expected to be delivered over 2021–22 and will provide a long-term national resilience capability, including providing an option for quarantine in the future, as well as for emergency management and other future uses.
Acting Deputy Secretary Stacie Hall
Stacie Hall was appointed acting Deputy Secretary of Commercial and Government Services in June 2021, when Andrew Jaggers commenced in the role of leading Quarantine Infrastructure Delivery. Stacie is substantively First Assistant Secretary of the Commercial Investments Division in Finance, where she is responsible for oversight of government businesses and major commercial transactions and scoping studies.
Stacie has spent the past 19 years in the Commonwealth public sector in a variety of roles, with responsibility for policy development, whole-of-government program management, major government infrastructure investment programs, and associated merger and acquisition transactions, to support Australian Government economic and defence policy.
Commercial and Government Services
Commercial and Government Services plays an important role in managing the Australian Government’s commercial interests with respect to property, government procurement, risk management and GBEs.
Commercial and Government Services works with entities across the Commonwealth to deliver value-for-money outcomes. It does this by managing the non-Defence domestic property portfolio, including coordinating whole-of-government service delivery, providing data and analysis and supporting government decision-making. It develops and maintains the Australian Government's procurement policy framework and manages the Australian Government’s special claims, insurance and risk management operations. It also supports the analysis and delivery of government investment through GBEs and other entities and provides oversight of GBEs delivering some of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects, including the National Broadband Network (NBN), Inland Rail, Western Sydney Airport and shipbuilding infrastructure.