Gordon de Brouwer was a Professor of Economics between January 2000 – March 2004 at the Crawford School of Economics and Government, Australian National University. He also acted as Executive Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre, and Director of the School’s Research Committee during this time. This was in addition to being a member of both the University’s research program on Japan’s Economy and Government and on Korea’s Economy and Government. He remains an adjunct professor with the ANU.
Initially, Dr de Brouwer was appointed Secretary of the Department of the Environment in September 2013. He was responsible for environmental policies, heritage, water and domestic climate change. He served as Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Energy between 2016 to 2017, where he was responsible for substituting the Direct Action plan into Australian policy.