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Mark Crosweller AFSM

Head of National Resilience Taskforce

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Former Director-General of Emergency Management Australia


Mark Crosweller has been recently appointed as the Head the National Resilience Taskforce and was formerly Director General of the Emergency Management Australia Division of the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.


He is now responsible for leading on national resilience policy advice and was formerly responsible for the coordination of Australia’s response to crises, including natural disasters, and to terrorist or security-related incidents both domestically and internationally.

Mark has 34 years of operational experience including as a fire-fighter, as well as 20 years in senior executive leadership and strategic management. During this period he has led major strategic reform at the national, state, territory and local government levels in governance, strategy, policy, operations and capability. As Director General he was responsible for briefing the Prime Minister and Cabinet in all aspects of disaster management. Mark is current researching the ethical premise of leading people through the adversity and loss of disasters for his PhD. Mark was awarded the Commissioner's Commendation for Service in May 1999, the National medal for distinguished service in June 2000 and the Australian Fire Service medal in June 2003.