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Who we are

The Department of Home Affairs was created as part of the Home Affairs Portfolio on 20 December 2017.

Chris Teal

Chris Teal was appointed Australia's inaugural National Counter Foreign Interference Coordinator in April 2018.

The National Counter Foreign Interference Coordinator delivers an effective, efficient and consistent national response to foreign interference by providing a focal point for coordinating policy and program development and leading engagement with private sector areas.

As the National Counter Foreign Interference Coordinator, Chris holds the position of Deputy Secretary in the Department of Home Affairs and is seconded from the Attorney-General's Portfolio where he has had over 20 years of experience in national security.

He holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree and a Master of Business Administration.​