Tony Sheehan was appointed Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator in September 2016. He is responsible for coordinating Australia’s Counter-Terrorism arrangements for the Prime Minister and the Minister for Home Affairs. In this role, he works in close partnership with Commonwealth and State and Territory agencies.
Mr Sheehan is the Chair of the Commonwealth Joint Counter-Terrorism Board and is co-chair of the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee.
Most recently, Mr Sheehan served as a Deputy Director-General in Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Prior to this, he was a Deputy Secretary and then Chief Operating Officer in the Attorney-General's Department and before that First Assistant Secretary Homeland and Border Security in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Mr Sheehan spent 19 years in the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio. This period included overseas postings to Taipei, Beijing and Jakarta and then a number of Senior Executive Service (SES) positions in Canberra with responsibilities for counter terrorism, people smuggling and other transnational issues.
Mr Sheehan is a graduate of Monash University. He majored in Mandarin.