Michael Pezzullo was appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with effect 13 October 2014.
Prior to this, Mr Pezzullo was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service from February 2013 and acted in the role from September 2012.
Prior to joining the Service, he was Deputy Secretary Strategy in the Department of Defence. Mr Pezzullo joined the Department of Defence as a graduate in 1987. He worked in Defence until 1992 in a variety of strategic policy and intelligence positions. He then transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
In March 1993, he joined the staff of the Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Gareth Evans QC and also spent five years as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Kim Beazley MP.