Dr Steven Kennedy commenced as Secretary to the Treasury in September 2019.
Prior to his appointment, Steven was Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development between September 2017 and August 2019.
During his 30 years in the public service, Steven has held other senior positions including Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Environment; Deputy Secretary at the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and the Head of Secretariat of the Garnaut Climate Change Review – Update 2011.
Steven began his public service career in 1992 as a cadet at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Prior to joining the public service, he trained and worked as a nurse.
Steven has served on a number of boards and is a member of the Reserve Bank Board, Council of Financial Regulators, Trans Tasman Council on Banking Supervision, Board of Taxation, New Zealand Treasury Board, the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation and the Centre for Market Design Advisory Board.
Steven was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2016 for outstanding public service in the area of climate change policy.
Steven holds a PhD and a master degree in Economics from the Australian National University, and a bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.
Kennedy signature on Australian banknotes
Kennedy appears on the following banknotes:
- Five dollars 2016 to 2020 (Lowe-Kennedy)
- Twenty dollars 2019 and 2020 (Lowe-Kennedy)
- One hundred dollars 2019 to 2020 (Lowe-Kennedy)