Nick Warner AO PSM
The Director-General is responsible to the Minister for Foreign Affairs for managing ASIS and must advise the Minister on key matters relating to ASIS. By law, the Director-General is the only member of the Service who can be identified publicly.
Nick Warner was appointed as the Director-General of ASIS on 17 August 2009. Prior to taking up this position he was the Secretary of Defence, a position he occupied from December 2006.
Nick has held a number of senior positions in his 40-year distinguished career of public service. Prior to taking up the position of Secretary of Defence, he was the Senior Adviser (International) to the Prime Minister (2005-2006).
Nick has previously held several senior management and policy positions within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Overseas, Nick headed the inter-agency Emergency Response Team to Iraq in 2004 and 2005; has served as the Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (2003-2004); High Commissioner, Port Moresby (1999-2003); Ambassador, Tehran (1994-1997); Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Permanent Mission to the Supreme National Council, Cambodia (1991-1993); Head, Australian Liaison Office, Namibia (1989-1990); and in the Australian Liaison Office, Salisbury, Rhodesia.
Nick worked with the Office of National Assessments and the Joint Intelligence Organisation before joining DFAT in 1988.
Nick was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2006 for outstanding public service. In 2011 Nick was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to public sector leadership through the development of policy, administration and reform in the areas of intelligence, defence and international relations.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in History and Asian Studies and a Master of Arts degree in History from the Australian National University.