|Born||18 February 1948|
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
|Spouse(s)||Maria Michele Senti|
|Alma mater||Australian National University|
|Occupation||Public servant, Diplomat, Chancellor, Company director|
|Awards||Companion of the Order of Australia (2010)|
Centenary Medal (2001)
Hawke served as: Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Paul Keating; Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs (1994–1996); Secretary of the Department of Transport and Regional Services (1996–1999); and Secretary of the Department of Defence (1999–2002). Hawke was then appointed High Commissioner to New Zealand (2003–2005), and subsequently Chancellor of the Australian National University (2006–2008).
Background and early years
Hawke was born in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, and educated at Queanbeyan High School in New South Wales. Hawke holds a Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours) and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Australian National University, Canberra.
Hawke's extensive career in public administration at senior levels includes appointments as Secretary of the Departments of Veterans' Affairs, Transport and Regional Development (later Transport and Regional Services) and Defence. He completed his public service to Australia as High Commissioner and Plenipotentiary of Australia to New Zealand, between 2003 and 2006.
Hawke was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Public Administration (FAIPA) in 1998 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM) in 1999, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to public service. In 2001, he became a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and was also honoured with the Centenary Medal for his service as Secretary to the Department of Defence. The Australian Financial Review’s "Boss" Magazine named him as one of Australia’s top 30 true leaders in its inaugural list in 2001.
In 2010, Hawke was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for his eminent service to public administration, particularly through the formulation and implementation of policy in the areas of transport, defence and education, and to the strengthening of bilateral relations with New Zealand.
Hawke has participated in major inquiries into the Commonwealth Public Service including:
- the Review of Commonwealth Functions;
- the Review of Commonwealth Administration and the Efficiency Scrutiny Unit;
- Head of the Secretariat for the Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission;
- The Hawke Report – a review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act, the Act);
- the Review of the Administration of the Home Insulation Program – a review into the failings and the future of the Home Insulation Program (part of the Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme);
- government review of Woomera Prohibited Area; and
- a foundation member of the Management Improvement Advisory Committee.
On 3 September 2010, ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope announced that Hawke would lead a review into the Australian Capital Territories' Public Service. Following the release of his findings in March 2011, the Federal Government ordered another review into the National Capital Authority, where Hawke will conduct the inquiry.
In March 2011, Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, announced that an independent review into the Christmas Island breakouts and riots will be carried out by two former senior public servants, Dr Allan Hawke and Helen Williams. Also in March 2011, the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Simon Crean MP, announced that Hawke was to conduct an independent review of the National Capital Authority.
Hawke has served on various boards including the Management Advisory Board, Administrative Review Council, Australian Strategic Policy Institute Council, Foreign Affairs Council and the Defence and National Security Advisory Council.
Hawke's appointments have included:
- Chair – MTAA Superannuation Fund Trustee Board
- Chair – Civil Aviation Safety Authority board
- Member – Foreign Affairs Council
- Member – Defence and National Security Advisory Council
- Member – Australian Strategic Policy Institute
- Director – Canberra Raiders Board
- Director – ACTEW Corporation
- Member – Centre for Applied Philosophy & Public Ethics Advisory Board
- Chair – Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Ex-Service Matters
- "ANU bids a fond farewell to Chancellor Allan Hawke" (Press release). The Australian National University. 17 December 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2018.[permanent dead link]
- "Who's Who in Business Australia 2009 Volume 1 Biographies". Crowncontent. 1 January 2009. pp. 384–385. Archived from the original on 16 April 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
- Hawke, Allan (1 October 2013). "People are far more than mere 'resources'". The Age. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 18 November 2013.
- Downer, Alexander (2 May 2003). "Diplomatic appointment: High Commissioner to New Zealand" (Press release).
- Centenary Medal, It's an Honour, Australian Government. Retrieved 14 June 2010
- PMAC Biographies Archived 27 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Australian Government. Retrieved 14 June 2010
- Companion of the Order of Australia, It's an Honour, itsanhonour.gov.au
- Queen's Birthday honours for dozens of Canberrans, ABC 14 June 2010
- ACT public service under review[permanent dead link], ABC, 3 September 2010
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- About the review, DEWHA, 1 May 2010.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 August 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Sim, Melanie; Sloan, Alex (21 November 2012), Canberra Close Up: Allan Hawke, a true public servant, Australian Broadcasting Commission, archived from the original on 25 April 2014
| Secretary of the Department of Defence
as Secretary of the Department of Transport and Regional Development
| Secretary of the Department of Transport and Regional Services
as Secretary of the Department of Transport
| Secretary of the Department of Transport and Regional Development
as Secretary of the Department of Transport and Regional Services
as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Regional Development
| Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs
| Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand
| Chancellor of the Australian National University