Simon Phemister was appointed Deputy Secretary, Economic Policy and State Productivity in February 2015. His group oversees economic development, regional and local government outcomes, international engagement, infrastructure, planning, major transactions, energy, resources and land policy.
Simon previously held the role of Deputy Secretary, Policy and Strategy Group at the Department of Human Services. Simon has also held senior roles in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Education, and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Simon holds an Executive Master of Public Administration from ANZSOG, a Bachelor of Business (Asia Pacific Studies) from La Trobe University and Honours in International Studies and Mandarin Chinese from Yunnan University, China.