Katherine Jones commenced as the Associate Secretary of the Department of Defence June 2020.
Prior to her appointment as Associate Secretary, Ms Jones was the Deputy Secretary for Business Enabling Services in the Australian Government Department of Finance. She held that role since October 2017. Ms Jones has practical experience in delivering shared services in government and was responsible for delivering whole of government digital systems to support collaboration and customer service, including the innovative GovTeams platform.
Ms Jones has previously held senior positions in the Attorney-General’s Department including as the Deputy Secretary responsible for National Security, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management, the head of the International Crime Cooperation Division and the head of the Social Inclusion Division with responsibility for policy and programs across Indigenous justice, native title, legal assistance and human rights. In 2017, Katherine received a Public Service Medal for her outstanding contribution in the field of national security.
She has a Bachelor of Arts from La Trobe University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. Before joining the public service in 1999, Katherine spent more than a decade in educational and academic publishing as a sponsoring editor and publisher at the McGraw Hill Book Co.