Dr Gordon de Brouwer was appointed portfolio Secretary of the Department of the Environment in September 2013 and is responsible for the design and implementation of the Australian Government’s environment, heritage, climate and energy policy. He manages a department with around two thousand staff and operations across Australia and Antarctica, and seven portfolio agencies (Bureau of Meteorology, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Clean Energy Regulator, Climate Change Authority, Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Australian Renewable Energy Agency and Sydney Harbour Federation Trust).
At the time of his appointment, Dr de Brouwer was the Associate Secretary in the Domestic Policy Group at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, having worked on domestic and international economic, financial, industry, natural resource management and climate change policy in various positions from July 2008 to September 2013. He was Prime Minister Gillard’s G20 sherpa and supported Australia’s Prime Ministers at the eight G20 summits before Australia’s host year.
Dr de Brouwer has worked at the Treasury (1987, 2003-08), Australian National University (2000-03), Reserve Bank of Australia (1991-99) and Westpac Bank in Tokyo (1989-90). At Treasury, he worked on budget policy, led the G20 and APEC Secretariat during Australia’s host years of the finance ministers process, and domestic and international macroeconomic forecasting and policy. He was Professor of Economics in the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the ANU, working on Asian economies, macroeconomics, international finance, regionalism and international institutions. He worked in both Economic Group and Markets Group at the RBA, on macroeconomic modelling, monetary policy, international finance and the Asian financial crisis. He was a credit analyst at the Tokyo Branch of Westpac Bank in the late 1980s.
Dr de Brouwer has a doctorate in economics from the ANU and first-class honours bachelor and master degrees in economics from the University of Melbourne. He was awarded Monbusho and Japan Foundation scholarships for study in Japan in 1987-89 and 1994. He has publications in the areas of macroeconomics, international finance, Asian regionalism and international institutions.
He received a Public Service Medal in 2011 for outstanding public service in the development of international economic policy, particularly in the formulation of the Australian Government's agenda to establish the G20 as the pre-eminent global economic forum. In 2013, he was awarded the Knight in the Legion of Honour by the President of the French Republic for G20 and public service.
Dr de Brouwer commenced as President of the ACT branch of the Institute of Public Administration Australia on 9 June 2016.