Rebecca Skinner, Deputy Secretary at Department of Defence
Rebecca is attending Country to Canberra’s 2015 Powerful Women’s Breakfast, where she will discuss leadership with the rural teenage winners of our 2015 essay competition. She also attended our breakfast in 2014.
Rebecca was promoted to Deputy Secretary Defence People in May 2014.
Prior to that she has held the positions of:
- First Assistant Secretary Capability Investment and Resources (June 2012 – May 2014)
- First Assistant Secretary Ministerial and Executive Coordination and Communication (May 2011 – June 2012); and
- First Assistant Secretary Strategic Policy (March 2008 -May 2011)
During 2010 Rebecca was the head of the secretariat for the Government’s review of the Woomera Prohibited Area. She led a cross-government team tasked to examine the national security and economic interests of the region and recommend arrangements for its future.
Prior to returning to Defence Rebecca had been Assistant Secretary Defence and Intelligence at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for policy coordination across all Defence and Australian Intelligence Community issues. Her appointment followed a year as a senior executive in the Attorney General’s Portfolio.Rebecca originally joined the Department of Defence in 1993 after four years as a secondary teacher. Rebecca worked at the Australian Signals Directorate holding a range of positions in information security and signals intelligence, including a three year posting as an ASD Liaison officer to the National Security Agency in Washington DC. Moving to DIO in 2002 to head intelligence production and coordination she took up a Senior Executive Service position as Assistant Secretary Analytical Services in 2003 and was promoted to the SES in 2004. In this role Rebecca was responsible for all corporate intelligence support functions and the management of the allied information systems and policy.Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Melbourne, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Computer Science) from Swinburne University. In 2003 she completed the Senior Management Development Program at the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.Rebecca is married to Michel and they have two sons.