Dr Steven Kennedy
Secretary to the Australian Treasury
Dr Kennedy was appointed Secretary to the Treasury with effect from 2 September 2019.
Prior to his appointment as Treasury Secretary, Dr Kennedy was Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development between September 2017 and August 2019.
During his nearly 30 years in the public service, Dr Kennedy has held other senior positions including Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Environment; Deputy Secretary at the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and the Head of Secretariat of the Garnaut Climate Change Review – Update 2011.
Dr Kennedy began his public service career in 1992 as a cadet at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Prior to joining the public service, he trained and worked as a nurse.
Dr Kennedy has served on a number of boards and is a member of the Reserve Bank Board, Council of Financial Regulators, Trans-Tasman Council on Banking Supervision, Board of Taxation, New Zealand Treasury Board, the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation and the Centre for Market Design Advisory Board.
He is also the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) ACT President.
Dr Kennedy was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2016 for outstanding public service in the area of climate change policy.
Dr Kennedy holds a PhD and a Masters in Economics from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.
Ms Jenny Wilkinson
Deputy Secretary, Fiscal Group
Jenny Wilkinson commenced as Deputy Secretary, Fiscal Group in January 2020.
In this position, Jenny provides advice to the Government on policies and spending arrangements with a view to achieving sound and effective fiscal outcomes. Fiscal Group advises Government on a range of policy issues, including budget strategy, national security matters, the Commonwealth’s financial relationships with states and territories, retirement income policy, the deregulation agenda, social policy, and policy relating to the environment, industry and infrastructure. Fiscal Group also delivers core Government fiscal functions, such as producing the Budget and making timely and accurate payments to the states and territories.
Over the course of her career, Jenny has held positions across a number of different departments and agencies. These have included running the Parliamentary Budget Office, from July 2017 to January 2020, and prior to that, holding senior positions in the Commonwealth Treasury, the Department of Industry, the Department of Climate Change, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Reserve Bank of Australia. Working in these roles, she has been responsible for providing advice on a wide range of economic policy issues.
Jenny has served on a number of advisory boards including the ANU Tax Transfer Institute Advisory Board, the ANU College of Business and Economics Advisory Board, the Grattan Institute Public Policy Committee and the Melbourne Institute Advisory Board.
Jenny holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a Bachelors Degree in Economics (with Honours) from the Australian National University.
Ms Meghan Quinn
Deputy Secretary, Markets Group
Meghan Quinn commenced as Deputy Secretary, Markets Group in June 2020.
Prior to her current role, Meghan was the Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomic Group. Meghan’s previous roles include Deputy Secretary, Structural Reform Group, Division Head, Financial System Division in Treasury’s Markets Group, Head of Secretariat for the Government’s Australia in the Asian Century White Paper (based in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet), Division Head of the Macroeconomic Modelling Division and Principal Adviser for Forecasting, both based in Treasury. Meghan has extensive macroeconomic modelling and policy experience developed through her time in the Australian Treasury and the Bank of England (1996-2004). Meghan has a Masters of Economics from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Economics (1st honours) from the University of Western Australia.
Meghan was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2009.
Ms Maryanne Mrakovcic
Deputy Secretary, Revenue Group
Maryanne Mrakovcic commenced as Deputy Secretary, Revenue Group in May 2016.
In this position, Maryanne provides advice to the Government on revenue and taxation policy matters. The work of the Group includes the provision of revenue forecasts and costings of taxation policies, analysis of the economic and social effects of taxation policy proposals, undertaking consultations and advising on taxation policy options, instructing parliamentary counsel on the design of taxation laws and supporting the passage of taxation legislation through Parliament. The Group also contributes to public understanding of revenue matters through contributions to budget and other government publications.
Prior to her current role, Maryanne was Associate Secretary of the Fiscal and Economic Group at the NSW Treasury. Maryanne held this position from February 2013 to May 2016. The Group advised on the State’s fiscal and economic strategy and played a key role in coordinating high-impact policy issues with state-wide economic implications. Maryanne was also responsible for the Financial Management Transformation Project involving significant reforms to financial reporting in the NSW public sector.
Prior to joining NSW Treasury, Maryanne’s career spanned 30 years with the Australian Treasury including five years spent at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Maryanne has worked across all areas of Treasury and held senior roles including Chief Advisor (International) and Division Head roles including Tax Analysis Division, Industry, Environment and Defence Division, International Finance Division and Retirement and Personal Income Division, as well as Principal Advisor (Budget).
While at the IMF, Maryanne spent the first two years as an Advisor in the Office of the Australian Executive Director, before joining the European Department where her time was spent advising countries undergoing the transformation from centrally planned to market economies.
Maryanne holds a Masters of Economics from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) (Economics) from the University of Sydney. Maryanne has also completed the INSEAD Advanced Management Program.
Mr Luke Yeaman
Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomic Group
Luke Yeaman commenced as Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomic Group in May 2020.
In this position, Luke has responsibility for providing advice to the Government on a wide range of matters relating to the performance of the Australian economy and Australia’s international economic engagement, including through the G20. He is a member of the Executive Board.
In his previous role as a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, Luke was responsible for advising on infrastructure policy and priorities, cities policy and also helped oversee the delivery of major transformational projects such as the Western Sydney Airport and Inland Rail.
Luke brings to this role a breadth of experience across government, including previous positions in the Treasury, where he began his career as a Graduate. He has also held senior positions in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Office of National Intelligence.
Luke has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Monash University.
Ms Roxanne Kelley
Deputy Secretary, Corporate and Foreign Investment Group
Ms Roxanne Kelley joined the Department of the Treasury on 16 March 2020 as Deputy Secretary Corporate and Foreign Investment Group. The Group delivers strategic advice and high quality services including information technology, communications, parliamentary services, finance, people management and risk management to the department, portfolio Ministers and agencies. It is also responsible for foreign investment policy, investment proposals, compliance, and supporting the Foreign Investment Review board.
Prior to this, Roxanne was Chief Operating Officer Services Australia (previously the Department of Human Services). Roxanne was responsible for departmental strategy and transformation, governance, ministerial and parliamentary services, and corporate functions including Finance, HR, audit, legal, procurement and communications.
Preceding this Roxanne was Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Social Services and before that, Deputy Secretary People at the Department of Defence. Roxanne has also worked in the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Centrelink. Before joining the Australian Public Service, Roxanne worked in the Queensland State Public Service for 19 years in the social welfare area.
Roxanne has a Bachelor of Speech Therapy (University of Qld) and an Executive Masters of Public Administration (ANU). Roxanne is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Roxanne was awarded the Public Service Medal in January 2017 for her substantial contribution to the reform efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department of Defence.