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Louise Talbot

Louise Talbot

Deputy Coordinator, Critical Technology Policy and Coordination Office, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; External Contributor

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Louise Talbot is the Deputy Coordinator of the Critical Technologies Policy Coordination Office at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in the Australian government.

Here Louise has overseen the development of Australia’s first Blueprint and Action Plan for Critical Technologies, including delivering Australia’s first public List of Critical Technologies in the National Interest.

Prior to this, Louise was the General Manager of the Technology Policy and Engagement Branch at the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER). Her areas of responsibility included technology policy and technology sector, jurisdictional and international engagement. Louise worked in DISER for just over 12 years across strategic, industry and innovation policy roles. She has previously worked as the Chief of Staff to a departmental Secretary, as well as a senior cabinet Minister.

Louise commenced her public service career in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) after five years in the finance sector. At the ABS Louise worked across National Accounts (GDP), labour prices and innovation and technology statistics.

Louise is currently studying towards her Masters of Cybersecurity, Strategy and Diplomacy at the University of NSW and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania and a Graduate Certificate in Economics from the University of Canberra.