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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Dr Heather Smith appointed Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts

11 January 2016

Prime Minister

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Heather Smith PSM as the Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts.

Dr Smith is currently a Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where she recently headed the Prime Minister’s taskforce on innovation and led work on public data policy. She was also Australia’s G20 Sherpa during 2014. She has had an extensive and distinguished career in the public sector in a number of roles and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position. I congratulate Dr Smith on her appointment.

Dr Smith’s appointment is for 5 years commencing on 25 January 2016.