Stephanie Foster, Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner

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stephanie fosterStephanie 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 inaugural breakfast in 2014.

Stephanie Foster was appointed as the Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner on 3 October 2013. In this role she supports the Australian Public Service Commissioner in leading and shaping a unified, high performing Australian Public Service.

Stephanie joined the Commission from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports where she had been since its inception as the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government in September 2010. Her responsibilities included regional policy and the Arts.

Prior to that Stephanie was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government where she had direct responsibility for Local Government and Regional Development, the Office of Northern Australia and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.

Stephanie Foster is a career public servant who has worked with the Australian Public Service since joining the Department of Defence in 1987 as a graduate trainee. Stephanie spent sixteen years in the Intelligence community in a range of analytic and management positions and a further six years in Defence’s International Policy area. Stephanie was awarded a Public Service Medal in June 2008 for her policy support to Australian Defence Force deployments overseas. She has also been awarded the French decoration of Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite for her work to develop Defence relations between France and Australia.