National Intelligence head Nick Warner to retire

By Shannon Jenkins

Friday October 16, 2020


National Intelligence director-general Nick Warner will retire when he wraps up his term in December, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced.

At a press conference on Friday, Morrison said Warner’s knowledge and expertise was “without peer” and Australia has been “well-served by him”.

“Nick will still be in a position to be supporting us in any number of other arrangements on a less formal basis going forward into the future,” he said.

Warner was the first person to be appointed to the role in late 2018 when the Office of National Assessments transitioned into the more powerful Office of National Intelligence. He was picked to lead the ONA in late 2017.

Prior to that, Warner had served as director-general of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service since 2009. He has held a number of other senior public service roles during his 40-year career, including secretary of the Department of Defence, senior advisor (international) to the prime minister, as well as senior management and policy positions within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Warner worked with the ONA and the Joint Intelligence Organisation before joining DFAT in 1988.

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