William Cole (public servant)

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Sir William Cole
Secretary of the Department of Finance (1976–1997)
In office
7 December 1976 – 2 November 1978
Secretary of the Department of Defence
In office
6 February 1984 – 15 October 1986
Personal details
Born Robert William Cole
(1926-09-16) 16 September 1926 (age 91)
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Melbourne[1]
Occupation Public servant

Sir Robert William Cole (born 16 September 1926)[2] is a retired senior Australian public servant. He held secretary-level positions in four departments or agencies during the Fraser Government and Hawke Government years.


Robert William Cole was born in 1926.[3][4]

He has held the positions of:

Cole was knighted in the New Year's Honours of 1981.[6][7]


  1. ^ CP 635: Roger Sir Robert William COLE KT, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 28 March 2014 
  2. ^ Who's Who in Australia
  3. ^ National Library of Australia
  4. ^ National Library of Australia
  5. ^ Parliament of Australia: Departmental Machinery of Government Since 1987
  6. ^ Search Australian Honours: COLE, Robert William, Australian Government, archived from the original on 28 March 2014 
  7. ^ "State Intelligence" (PDF). The London Gazette. 12 May 1981. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2012. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Jack O'Neill
Australian Statistician
Succeeded by
Roy Cameron
New title
Department established
Secretary of the Department of Finance
Succeeded by
Ian Castles
Preceded by
Mick Shann
Chairman of the Public Service Board
Succeeded by
Peter Wilenski
Preceded by
Bill Pritchett
Secretary of the Department of Defence
Succeeded by
Alan Woods