Dr Allan Hawke AC


Dr Allan Hawke AC was born in Canberra on 18 February 1948, educated in Queanbeyan and at the Australian National University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours (1970) and Doctor of Philosophy (1976).

Dr Hawke joined the Commonwealth Public Service in 1974 as an Administrative Trainee with the Public Service Board, and he rose through the ranks to Deputy Secretary in Defence and Prime Minister and Cabinet; Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Keating; and Secretary of Veterans' Affairs, Transport and Regional Services, and Defence. He completed his public service as High Commissioner to New Zealand, retiring on 27 February 2006 to become Chancellor of the Australian National University for a three-year term.

Dr Hawke was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Public Administration in 1998 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management in 1999 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to public service. In 2001, he became a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. The Australian Financial Review Boss Magazine named him one of Australia's top 30 true leaders in its inaugural list in 2001.

A recipient of the Centenary Medal in 2003, Dr Hawke was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2010 Queen's Birthday List for eminent service to public administration.

Dr Hawke now serves on a number of boards, has conducted a series of government inquiries, and he is involved in a range of charitable, community and sporting organisations.