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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.

Linda Geddes

Linda Geddes was appointed the Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator in September 2018 and is responsible for coordinating Australia’s Counter-Terrorism arrangements and leading the development and implementation of counter-terrorism strategies and policy. In this role, she works in close partnership with Commonwealth and State and Territory agencies as well as international partners.

Most recently, Linda was the Deputy Secretary for Policy in the Department of Home Affairs. In this role, she led a diverse workforce in the design and development of national security and law enforcement policy, immigration, citizenship and multicultural affairs policy and international policy.

Prior to this, Linda held a number of senior positions in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Office of National Assessments. Linda also held several positions in the Australian Signals Directorate and New Zealand’s Government Communications and Security Bureau and spent eleven years serving in the Australian Defence Force (Army).

Linda holds a Masters of Public Policy.