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Mr Michael Pezzullo

Secretary, Department of Home Affairs

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Michael Pezzullo was appointed as Secretary of the newly-established Department of Home Affairs on 20 December 2017, after being announced as Secretary-designate on 7 September 2017.

As Secretary of Home Affairs, Mr Pezzullo has expanded responsibilities, including an enhanced and coordinated approach to national security, immigration and citizenship, border management, Commonwealth law enforcement, counter terrorism, emergency management and the resilience of our national infrastructure. His responsibilities include a focus on policy, strategy and planning, including coordination, capability assessment and resourcing to support the frontline Home Affairs portfolio agencies.

Mr Pezzullo was previously Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, commencing 13 October 2014. Prior to this, Mr Pezzullo was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service from February 2013 and acted in the role from September 2012. Mr Pezzullo first joined the Service as the Chief Operating Officer in July 2009. In that role, he was responsible for offshore maritime security, border-related intelligence, national security and law enforcement programmes, integrity and professional standards, and corporate operations. As principal deputy, he chaired the Service’s Operations Committee and acted as CEO when required.

Prior to joining the Service, he was Deputy Secretary Strategy in the Department of Defence. In this position, he was responsible for defence strategy and planning, force structure development, the strategic policy aspects of Australian Defence Force operations, Defence's international security relationships, and the delivery of national security programmes in areas such as export controls, counter-proliferation and Defence cooperation with other countries. He also had oversight of the Department’s ministerial support and public affairs programmes.

Mr Pezzullo has a BA (Hons) in History from Sydney University. He enjoys being with his family, cricket and rugby league, and reading (anything on military history, international relations, intelligence, and political biographies).