Ian Carnell

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Ian Carnell
5th Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
In office
23 March 2004 – 9 April 2010
Prime Minister John Howard
Kevin Rudd
Preceded by Bill Blick
Succeeded by Vivienne Thom
Personal details
Born Ian Gregory Carnell
(1955-10-24) 24 October 1955 (age 62)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Kate Carnell (m. 1977–1997)
Education Brisbane Grammar School
Alma mater University of Queensland
Australian National University
Occupation Public servant

Ian Gregory Carnell AM (born 24 October 1955) is an Australian public servant, who was Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, responsible for oversight of Australia's intelligence agencies, from 2004 to 2010.[1]

Carnell was born in Melbourne, and moved to Queensland with his family where he attended Brisbane Grammar School and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland. In 1977, he married Kate Carnell (née Frazer), who would later become Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory.[2]

In the mid-1980s, Carnell worked for the Department of Social Security (later Centrelink) as assistant secretary, then moved to the Department of Veterans' Affairs in 1997. In 2000, he became Deputy Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department and in 2004, was appointed as Australia's fifth Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.[2]


  1. ^ Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Mr I. (Ian) Carnell, Australian Government, archived from the original on 17 February 2011 
  2. ^ a b Who's Who in Australia (2015), ConnectWeb.
Government offices
Preceded by
Bill Blick
Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
Succeeded by
Vivienne Thom