Terry Moran AC

Former Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet:

Terry Moran AC is one of the most influential leaders ever to come out of Victoria, leaving a lasting legacy of public sector reform and an exemplar of commitment and integrity in service to Australians.

Over a wide-ranging 40-year career, Terry Moran has occupied a variety of senior positions in the Victorian and Queensland governments, rising to become Australia’s most senior civil servant – Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – between March 2008 and September 2011.

Terry’s early career as a CEO focused on building Australia’s education and technical skills capacity – first as Chief Executive of the Office of the State Training Board in Victoria from 1987, and then as the first CEO of the Australian National Training Authority in Brisbane from 1993. In 1998, he became Queensland’s Director-General of Education.

In July 2000, Terry returned to his home state to take up the preeminent post of Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. He headed up the Victorian public service for nearly eight years, during which time he oversaw a number of initiatives to improve government planning and service delivery, as well as laying the foundations for an ambitious national reform agenda under the auspices of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

After his appointment by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in March 2008 as Secretary of DPMC, Terry continued to drive development of the ground-breaking COAG agenda, which reshaped relations between Canberra and the states in the areas of healthcare, education, business regulation, social housing and Indigenous affairs. He also introduced and managed wide-ranging reforms in national security and international policy, industry and economic policy, and government administration – including the influential recommendations of the 2010 reform blueprint, Ahead of the Game.

During the global financial crisis in 2008-09, Terry helped to coordinate the development of Australia’s farsighted – and ultimately highly successful – national policy responses. He served as Secretary of DPMC for three and a half years – the last 15 months under Kevin Rudd’s successor, Julia Gillard.

In 2012, Terry was honoured for his rich contribution to public life as one of only five people that year to receive the country’s top award, the Companion of the Order of Australia. That same year, he was appointed as IPAA’s National President – a position to which he applied his usual diligence and intellect over the next three years. Terry remains deeply involved in public life, as a consultant on public sector reform, a governor of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, and, since March 2016, as chairperson of the Centre for Policy Development.

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