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Nicholas Peter "Nick" Warner AO PSM (born 1950 in Singapore) is an Australian diplomat and public servant, who is the current Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS). From December 2006 to August 2009, he was the Secretary of the Australian Department of Defence.[1] He is best known and highly respected for his role in "RAMSI" as the Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.

Education[edit | edit source]

Born in Singapore, Warner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in History and Asian Studies and a Master of Arts degree in History from the The Australian National University.

Career[edit | edit source]

Joint Intelligence Organisation (JIO):

  • (1973–77) Worked in the JIO

Office of National Assessments (ONA):

  • (1979–88), Deputy Head, Current Intelligence Branch and National Assessments Officer for Africa
  • (1980) Australian Liaison Office, Salisbury, Rhodesia

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT):

  • (1988–89) Director, South Asia, Africa, Middle East Trade Section
  • (1989–90) Head, Australian Liaison Office, Namibia during the Australian contribution to UNTAG
  • (1990–91) Director, Central and Southern Africa Section
  • (1991–93) Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Permanent Mission to the Supreme National Council, Cambodia
  • (1994–97) Australian Ambassador to Iran
  • (1997–98) Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary and Media Branch and Senior Spokesman
  • (1997–98) Acting First Assistant Secretary, Public Affairs and Consular Division
  • (1998–99) First Assistant Secretary, South and South East Asia Division
  • (1999–2003) High Commissioner, Papua New Guinea
  • (2003) First Assistant Secretary, South Pacific, Africa and Middle East Division
  • (2003–2004) Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)
  • (2004–2005) Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • (2005–2006) Senior Adviser (International) to the Prime Minister

Australian Department of Defence:

  • (4 December 2006-August 2009) Secretary of Defence

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT):

Honours[edit | edit source]

Warner was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2001 for outstanding public service as High Commissioner to Port Moresby, Special Coordinator for the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands and leader of the Emergency Response Team which dealt with the kidnapping in Baghdad of Mr Douglas Wood.[3] On 13 June 2011, he was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to public sector leadership through the development of policy, administration and reform in the areas of intelligence, defence and international relations.[4]

See also[edit | edit source]

References and notes[edit | edit source]

  1. CDF thanks Nick Warner, Defence Media release MSPA 264/09, 13 August 2009. defence.gov.au
  2. ASIS Director General - Position Bio. asis.gov.au
  3. "Nick Warner PSM". Australian Honours Database. http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/honour_roll/search.cfm?aus_award_id=1133516&search_type=simple&showInd=true. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  4. "Nick Warner AO". Australian Honours Database. http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/honour_roll/search.cfm?aus_award_id=1144248&search_type=simple&showInd=true. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Oliver
Australian Ambassador to Iran
Succeeded by
Stuart Hume
Preceded by
David Irvine
Australian High Commissioner
to Papua New Guinea

Succeeded by
Michael Potts
Government offices
Preceded by
Ric Smith
Secretary of the
Department of Defence

Succeeded by
Ian Watt
Preceded by
David Irvine
Director-General of the
Australian Secret Intelligence Service


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