Media Statement: Review of security procedures, practices and culture

Media Statement: Review of security procedures, practices and culture

PM&C
Wednesday, 07 February 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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The Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM has asked Mr Ric Smith AO PSM to conduct a review of PM&C’s security procedures, practices and culture. This review will address the implications for the Australian Public Service more broadly.

Mr Smith will commence his review upon completion of the AFP investigation into how and when the classified documents, obtained by the ABC, left the Commonwealth Government. That investigation is expected to make its initial findings shortly.

Mr Smith is a highly respected former Australian public servant and diplomat. Mr Smith served as Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia and China and as the Secretary of the Department of Defence.