Jane Urquhart
Deputy Secretary

Jane has returned to our department as Deputy Secretary, Enabling Services and Resources. This follows a 6 week secondment as Acting Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Coordinator General of the National Recovery and Resilience Agency. Before this, she acted as Deputy Secretary in our department for 8 months. 

Jane was appointed Head of the Strategic Policy Division in November 2020. For most of 2020, she worked across a succession of taskforces related to the Government’s response to the pandemic. She led Science and Commercialisation Policy Division from 2015-2020. 

From 2010-2013, she managed the Enterprise Connect program, a forerunner to the Entrepreneurs’ Programme, where she was responsible for program delivery, policy, and a suite of advisory bodies. 

Before joining the Industry portfolio, Jane worked for 20 years in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on Australia’s bilateral relationships with a number of Middle Eastern, Asian and Pacific countries. She was posted to Damascus, Honiara and Noumea (serving as Consul General to the French Territories in the Pacific). 

Jane was the first Australian woman to lead a peace mission when she led the International Peace Monitoring Team in Solomon Islands in 2001. She served as an Adviser to the Solomon Islands Prime Minister in 2002.

She has studied Mandarin, Arabic, Solomons Pijin and French.  She holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Mandarin) with Honours and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade, both from the Australian National University.

Jane is a member of the Council of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia (ACT).