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Dr Martin Parkinson

Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Martin Parkinson commenced as Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on 23 January 2016.

Prior to this Martin was a professional Non-Executive Director, serving on the boards of ORICA, O’Connell Street Associates, and the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He also served as a member of the Policy Committee of the Grattan Institute and on the Australian Federal Police Future Directions Advisory Board.

From March 2011 to December 2014, Martin served as Australia’s Secretary to the Treasury. Prior to this, he was the inaugural Secretary of the Department of Climate Change from its establishment in December 2007. Between 1997 and 2000 he worked at the International Monetary Fund on reform of the global financial architecture before returning to Australia as a Deputy Secretary in The Treasury.

In 2017 Martin was made a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) “for eminent service to the Australian community through leadership in public sector roles, to innovative government administration and high level program delivery, to the development of economic policy, and to climate change strategy”. He was awarded the Public Service Medal for his contribution to the development of economic policy in 2008.

He is a life member of the Australian Business Economists, National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia, Fellow of the Australian National Institute of Public Policy, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA), recipient of the ANZSOG Institute of Governance Public Sector Award for Excellence, and was awarded the Australian National University’s inaugural Alumnus of the Year in 2013.

Martin is a White Ribbon Ambassador, a member of the Male Champions of Change and a member of the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity.

Last reviewed: 
29 May 2018