Ms Renée Leon joined the Department of Human Services as Secretary on 18 September 2017.
The Department delivers health, social and welfare payment services, including Medicare, Centrelink and Child Support, serving over 20 million customers a year. The Department has embarked on a multi-year digital transformation program to digitise and automate many of its services.
Prior to her current appointment, Renée was the Secretary of the Department of Employment, from 2013 to 2017, with responsibility for employment and labour market policy.
Renée served as Deputy Secretary in the Attorney-General’s Department and in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from May 2009 to September 2013. From 2006 to 2009, Renée held the position of Chief Executive of the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety.
Renée was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2013 for outstanding public service to public administration and law in leadership roles in the Australian Capital Territory and the Commonwealth.
Renée is qualified in Arts and Law and holds a Masters in Law from Cambridge University.