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Chris Eccles

Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet


Chris Eccles is Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. As Secretary, he leads the department and the Victorian Public Service in advising the Premier and the Government of Victoria.

Chris was appointed Secretary in 2014. Previously he was Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet (2011 to 2014) and Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet (2009 to 2011).

Prior to leading central agencies, Chris worked in a variety of government and private sector senior management positions. He held leadership roles with the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister's Department and with the Australian National Training Authority. As an Associate Director with KPMG, Chris headed the national education consulting practice. He subsequently became a Foundation Director of the consulting firm Phillips KPA, which works across all education and training sectors.

In 2017 Chris was made an Officer of the Order of Australia “for distinguished service to public administration, to innovative policy development and sound governance, and to the delivery of reform in the areas of training, education and disability”.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University.

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