Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Dr Heather Smith is a member of the US Studies Centre Board of Directors.
Heather was appointed Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science on 18 September 2017.
Heather has had 17 years’ experience in the Australian Public Service at senior levels, with responsibility for a number of significant government policy and programs covering economic, foreign affairs and intelligence.
Prior to her current appointment Heather was Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts (2016-2017). She has served as Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2013-2016) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2010-2013). In October 2013 she was appointed by Prime Minister Abbott as Australia’s G20 Sherpa, a role she held during Australia’s Presidency.
Heather has also held senior roles with the Office of National Assessments (Deputy Director-General, 2005-2010) and (2000-2003) and the Australian Treasury (2003-2005).
Before joining the public service Heather was an academic working on North Asia at the Australian National University (1994-2000). She also worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia (1988-1990).
Heather was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours for her outstanding public service as Australia’s G20 Sherpa in 2014.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland and a Masters and PhD in Economics from the Australian National University.
She has been a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC.
In 2012, Heather completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
She was the recipient of the University of Queensland's Colleges' Alumni Award in 2016.
Heather is a member of Chief Executive Women.