11 February 2013
After almost three years as Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (RET), Mr Drew Clarke PSM has been appointed the new Secretary of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
I congratulate Drew on his new role, where I know from personal experience he will be an immense asset.
Drew was appointed Secretary of RET in April 2010, following his time as the Deputy Secretary.
A former surveyor who has worked in Australia and Antarctica, Drew joined the Energy area of the then Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources in 2002 and moved to the newly created RET in December 2007.
The contributions Drew has already made to public policy have been impressive, including his work in spatial data, the establishment of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority, and driving an economic agenda for the tourism industry.
Of particular significance is his work in energy policy, where he has been at the helm of the national energy market reform agenda for over a decade. He has also been a major contributor to the International Energy Agency, serving on its Governing Board, and has been instrumental in clean energy technology development and energy-related climate change policy. His extensive contribution to public policy was recognised by a Public Service Medal in 2009.
I thank Drew for the leadership he has brought to the Department and the support he has given me and my office during his time as Secretary. His dedication and honest advice to pursuing a challenging policy agenda has been invaluable to me and, I believe, the nation.
I know that the staff of RET will greatly miss his expertise and steady hand, as will I.
I personally want to thank Drew, as a Minister I have been truly privileged to be able to rely on the sound advice of a Secretary that is straightforward and who has my full confidence.
I wish Drew and his family all the best for the future, and I know that the next stage of his career will be successful.
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