Neville Stevens

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Neville Stevens
AO
Secretary of the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce
In office
22 December 1990 – 24 March 1993
Secretary of the Department of Communications
In office
24 March 1993 – 19 December 1993
Secretary of the Department of Communications
In office
23 December 1993 – 30 January 1994
Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts
In office
30 January 1994 – 21 October 1998
Secretary of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
In office
21 October 1998 – 26 April 2001
Personal details
Born Neville Robert Stevens
Nationality Australia Australian
Alma mater University of Adelaide[1]
Occupation Public servant

Neville Robert Stevens AO is a former senior Australian public servant and policymaker. He is a consultant and serves on a number of boards.

Life and career[edit]

Stevens was appointed to his first Secretary role in December 1990, as head of the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce, having been a Deputy Secretary in the department for over five years.[2] He continued in the top job when the department was abolished and replaced with the Department of Industry, Technology and Regional Development in March 1993.[3]

He was moved to the Department of Communications when it was established in December 1993.[4] He stayed at the Communications Department in the Secretary role as its functions expanded, first becoming the Department of Communications and the Arts in 1994,[5] and later the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts in 1998.[6]

During his time as departmental Secretary of the Communication Department, Stevens was closely involved in telecommunications reform, broadcasting policy and IT industry development.[7] He oversaw government IT policy during a period of tremendous change.[8] He also served on the Council of the National Library of Australia.[9]

Neville Stevens retired from the Australian Public Service in 2001.[10] In 2003, he was appointed Chair of the Australian Centre for Advanced Computing and Communications Board.[11]

Stevens was appointed Chair of the Cooperative Research Centres Committee in July 2010.[12][13]

Awards[edit]

Stevens was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to the Centenary of Federation celebrations.[14] He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in January 2003 for service in the field of public sector administration, particularly oversighting the implementation of reforms in the information technology and telecommunications industries, and to the community through executive membership of a range of cultural and artistic organisations.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burgess, Verona (22 December 1990). "Federal dept to lose second head this year". The Canberra Times. p. 2.
  2. ^ Hawke, Robert (20 December 1990). "Unknown" (Press release). Archived from the original on 4 April 2014.
  3. ^ CA 7659: Department of Industry, Technology and Regional Development, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 4 April 2014
  4. ^ CA 7852: Department of Communications [II], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 4 April 2014
  5. ^ CA 7872: Department of Communications and the Arts, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 4 April 2014
  6. ^ CA 8611: Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 4 April 2014
  7. ^ Executive profile: Neville Stevens AO, archived from the original on 3 April 2014
  8. ^ Cant, Sue (16 December 2003). "Decision Maker: Neville Stevens". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 26 October 2007.
  9. ^ National Library of Australia (2000). "Appendix 1. The Council of the National Library of Australia". Annual Report, 1999-2000. Archived from the original on 2001-05-08.
  10. ^ ASSOCIATES: Neville Stevens, Information Integrity Solutions, archived from the original on 21 March 2012
  11. ^ "Neville Stevens AO Appointed as Chair of ac3 Board" (Press release). 4 November 2003. Archived from the original on 3 April 2014.
  12. ^ Carr, Kim (19 July 2010). "Neville Stevens to Chair CRC Committee" (Press release). Archived from the original on 3 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Neville Stevens to chair CRC Committee". 20 July 2010. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012.
  14. ^ Search Australian Honours: STEVENS, Neville Robert, Australian Government, archived from the original on 4 April 2014
  15. ^ Search Australian Honours: STEVENS, Neville Robert, Australian Government, archived from the original on 4 April 2014
Government offices
Preceded by
Malcolm McIntosh
Secretary of the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce
1991 – 1993
Succeeded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Industry, Technology and Regional Development
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce
Secretary of the Department of Industry, Technology and Regional Development
1993
Succeeded by
Sandy Hollway
Preceded by
Graham Evans
as Secretary of the Department of Transport and Communications
Secretary of the Department of Communications
1993 – 1994
Succeeded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Communications
Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts
1994 – 1998
Succeeded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts
Secretary of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
1998 – 2001
Succeeded by
Ian Watt