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Director-General National Intelligence Biography

Nick Warner AO PSM
(Nicholas Peter Ashton Warner)

Director-General National Intelligence




Nick Warner became the first Director-General of National Intelligence on 20 December 2018 when ONA transitioned to ONI. Nick had been Director-General of ONA since 1 December 2017. Prior to taking up this position he was Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), a position he occupied from August 2009.

Nick has held a number of senior positions in his 40–year career of public service. Prior to taking up the position of the Director-General of ASIS, he was Secretary of Defence (2006–2009) and the Senior Advisor (International) to the Prime Minister (2005–2006).

Nick has previously held several senior management and policy positions within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Overseas, Nick headed the inter-agency Emergency Response Team to Iraq in 2004 and 2005; has served as Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (2003–2004); High Commissioner, Port Moresby (1999–2003); Ambassador, Tehran (1994–1997); Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Permanent Mission to the Supreme National Council, Cambodia (1991–1993); Head, Australian Liaison Office, Namibia (1989–1990); and in the Australian Liaison Office, Salisbury, Rhodesia.

Nick worked with the Office of National Assessments and the Joint Intelligence Organisation before joining DFAT in 1988.

Nick was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2006 for outstanding public service. In 2011 Nick was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to public service leadership through the development of policy, administration and reform in the areas of intelligence, defence and international relations.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in History and Asian Studies and a Master of Arts degree in History from the Australian National University.