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Departmental overview

The global COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for Australia and the world. Against this uncertain background, the department’s purpose remains clear and resolute: to make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous, to provide timely and responsive consular and passport services, and to ensure a secure Australian Government presence overseas.

The department’s structure facilitates delivery of our core outcomes. The Secretary leads five deputy secretary-managed strategic groups and the Office of the Pacific to implement the department’s work in Australia and overseas. Our ambitious program of management reform and organisational change is enabling the department to be agile and responsive as we pursue the government’s agenda in Australia and overseas and deliver world-class services to Australians.

Our 2019–20 Corporate Plan outlined how the department will achieve its purpose, building on the strategic direction set in the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper and continuing to support our Step-up in the Pacific. The plan also set out how we are working to shape our capability and engage with risk to ensure we are fit for purpose to protect Australia’s interests in the face of heightened global complexity and uncertainty. This provided a firm foundation from which we have reprioritised and pivoted to respond to the challenges of COVID-19.

COVID-19 will continue to have a profound impact on the department’s core business and Australia’s capacity to engage with key partners overseas for many years to come. Our leadership at home and abroad will be increasingly important to achieving Australia’s interests in security and prosperity at home and in our neighbourhood.

In 2019–20 we are rating our performance under very different circumstances to previous reporting periods. We are reviewing how we measure our performance in the future to take account of the longer term impacts of COVID-19.

This year’s Annual Performance Statement applies four ratings to the assessment of our work:

ACHIEVED

We met the goal set out in the performance measure.

ON TRACK

The activity is ongoing and we have made progress towards our goal.

PARTIALLY ON TRACK

We made progress towards the goal but not to the extent planned. This may be due to COVID-19 or other factors.

NOT ON TRACK

We did not achieve this goal.

The activity is ongoing but we have not made satisfactory progress towards our goal.

Corporate plan priorities

Figure 1: Corporate Plan Priorities Purpose To make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous, to provide timely and responsive consular and passport services, and to ensure a secure Australian Government presence overseas. Portfolio Budget Statements Outcome 1 The advancement of Australia’s international strategic, security and economic interests including through bilateral, regional and multilateral engagement on Australian Government foreign, trade and international development policy priorities. Portfolio Budget Statements Outcome 2 The protection and welfare of Austalians abroad and access to secure international travel documentation through timely and responsive travel advice and consular and passport services in Australia and overseas. Portfolio Budget Statements Outcome 3 A secure Australian Government presence overseas through the provision of security services and information and communications technology infrastructure, and the management of the Commonwealth’s overseas property estate. Promote a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific Corporate Plan priority 1 PBS 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 Page 24 Pursue our economic, trade and investment opportunities Corporate Plan priority 2 PBS 1.1, 1.4 Page 40 Keep Australia and Australians safe and secure Corporate Plan priority 3 PBS 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 Page 52 Deliver an effective and responsive development assistance program Corporate Plan priority 4 PBS 1.2, 1.3 Page 60 Advance global cooperation PBS 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6 Page 78 Corporate Plan priority 5 Support Australians overseas Corporate Plan priority 6 PBS 2.1, 2.2 Page 90 Provide a secure and effective overseas presence Corporate Plan priority 7 PBS 1.1, 3.1, 3.2 Page 102 PBS 1.1 Foreign affairs and trade operations PBS 1.2 Official Development Assistance PBS 1.3 Official Development Assistance - multilateral replenishments PBS 1.4 Payments to international organisations PBS 1.5 New Colombo Plan PBS 1.6 Public information services and public diplomacy PBS 2.1 Consular services PBS 2.2 Passport services PBS 3.1 Foreign affairs and trade security, and IT PBS 3.2 Overseas property *Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio Budget Statements 2019–20 and Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2019–20

Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio Structure

As at 30 June 2020

Figure 2: Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio Structure as at 30 June 2020 Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women - Senator the Hon Marise Payne. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment - Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham. Assistant Defence Minister and Minister for International Development and the Pacific - The Hon Alex Hawke MP. Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education and Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment - The Hon Andrew Gee MP. Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism and Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries - Senator the Hon Jonathon Duniam.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Secretary, Ms Frances Adamson. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research - Chief Executive Officer, Professor Andrew Campbell, FTSE FAICD. Australian Trade and Investment Commission - Chief Executive Officer, Dr Stephanie Fahey. Australian Secret Intelligence Service - Director-General, Mr Paul Symon AO. Export Finance Australia - Chair, Mr James Millar AM, Managing Director and CEO, Ms Swati Dave.
The executive of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  Deputy Secretary Justin Hayhurst, Head of the Office of the Pacific Ewen McDonald, Deputy Secretary Clare Walsh, Secretary Frances Adamson, Deputy Secretaries Tony Sheehan, Penny Williams PSM and Christopher Langman [DFAT/Nathan Fulton].
From left: Deputy Secretary Justin Hayhurst, Head of the Office of the Pacific Ewen McDonald, Deputy Secretary Clare Walsh, Secretary Frances Adamson, Deputy Secretaries Tony Sheehan, Penny Williams PSM and Christopher Langman [DFAT/Nathan Fulton].

Organisational Chart


Figure 3: Organisational Chart as at 30 June 2020 Secretary - Frances Adamson Executive Branch, Assistant Secretary / Chief Risk Officer - Suzanne McCourt and Robert Fergusson COVID-19 Coordination Unit, Head of Office - Cathy Raper Internal Audit Branch, Chief Auditor - Samantha Montenegro Column 1 Global Cooperation, Development & Partnerships Group, Deputy Secretary - Clare Walsh Human Development & Governance Division, First Assistant Secretary - Elizabeth Peak Economic Growth & Sustainability Division, First Assistant Secretary - Jamie Isbister Multilateral Policy Division, First Assistant Secretary - Justin Lee Contracting & Aid Management Division, First Assistant Secretary - Beth Delaney Soft Power, Communications & Scholarships Division, First Assistant Secretary - John Geering Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, Head of Centre - Robin Davies Ambassador for Regional Health Security - Stephanie Williams Office of Development Effectiveness, Assistant Secretary - Robert Christie Ambassador for Gender Equality - Julie-Ann Guivarra Office of the Chief Economist, Chief Economist - Jenny Gordon Column 2 Trade, Investment & Business Engagement Group, Deputy Secretary - Christopher Langman Office of Trade Negotiations, First Assistant Secretary - James Baxter Chief Negotiator EU FTA - Alison Burrows Trade, Investment & Business Engagement Division, First Assistant Secretary - Elizabeth Ward Regional Trade Agreements Division, First Assistant Secretary - Elisabeth Bowes Europe & Latin America Division, A/g First Assistant Secretary - Dougal McInnes Column 3 Office of the Pacific, Head of Office - Ewen McDonald Pacific Strategy, Deputy Head - Kathy Klugman Pacific Operations & Development, First Assistant Secretary - Danielle Heinecke Pacific Bilateral, First Assistant Secretary - Gerald Thomson Column 4 Indo-Pacific Group, Deputy Secretary - Justin Hayhurst Southeast Asia Division, First Assistant Secretary - Julie Heckscher North Asia Division, First Assistant Secretary - Elly Lawson US and Indo-Pacific Strategy Division, First Assistant Secretary - Craig Chittick South and West Asia Division, A/g First Assistant Secretary - Julia Niblett Strategic Policy, Contestability & Futures Branch, Assistant Secretary - Nigel Stanier National Foundation for Australia-China Relations, Interim CEO - Michaela Browning Column 5 International Security, Humanitarian & Consular Group, Deputy Secretary - Tony Sheehan International Security Division, First Assistant Secretary - Ambassador for Arms Control & Counter Proliferation - Amanda Gorely Ambassador for Cyber Affairs & Critical Technology - Tobias Feakin Ambassador for People Smuggling & Human Trafficking - Lucienne Manton Consular & Crisis Management Division, First Assistant Secretary - George Mina/Fiona Webster (A/g) Humanitarian, NGOs & Partnerships Division, First Assistant Secretary - James Gilling Legal Division, Chief Legal Officer - Simon Newnham Global Counter Terrorism, Middle East & Africa Division, First Assistant Secretary - Angela Macdonald Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism - Paul Foley Australian Safeguards & Non-proliferation Office, Director General - Robert Floyd Column 6 Service Delivery Group, Deputy Secretary - Penny Williams PSM Information Management & Technology Division, Chief Information Officer - Tim Spackman People Division, Chief People Officer - Daniel Sloper Australian Passports Office, Executive Director - Bridget Brill Overseas Property Office & Services, Executive Director - Suzanne Pitson Diplomatic Academy, Executive Director - Paula Ganly Finance Division, Chief Finance Officer - Murali Venugopal Diplomatic Security Division, Chief Security Officer - Minoli Perera Protocol Branch, Chief of Protocol - Kate Logan