ANU alumnus appointed Australia’s top public servant

3 December 2015

Martin's career has been shaped by the idea that public policy can make a real difference to people's lives.

ANU graduate and the University's inaugural Alumni of the Year Dr Martin Parkinson PSM has been appointed Australia's top public servant.

Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull has announced Dr Parkinson, a former Treasury Secretary, would become Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from January 23, 2016.

Dr Parkinson graduated with a Master of Economics from ANU in 1983 and went on to complete his PhD at Princeton in the United States.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO congratulated Dr Parkinson, who has maintained strong links to ANU.

"Martin's career has been shaped by the idea that public policy can make a real difference to people's lives," Professor Young said.

"ANU looks forward to continuing to work with Dr Parkinson, who has been a strong friend and supporter of the University. On behalf of the University, I congratulate him on his appointment."

Dr Parkinson was a joint winner of the University's inaugural Alumni of the Year award in 2013, alongside international human rights lawyer Dr Anne Gallagher AO.