Kylie Bryant

First Assistant Secretary, National Security Division

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Kylie Bryant is the First Assistant Secretary of the National Security Division in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), working closely with Senior Executives in supporting the Prime Minister and Government on a broad range of domestic and national security priorities.

Kylie has over 25 years’ experience in the public service, with ten years in the Department of Defence, working as the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defence and on Defence policy, including financial management and reform programs.

In her current role, Kylie is responsible for providing advice to the Secretary and the Prime Minister on the Defence and Home Affairs portfolios, and Intelligence policy. Spanning key Government policy areas such as Defence operations and capability, naval shipbuilding program, border security, counter terrorism, cyber security and crisis management, she leads a diverse and agile division focussed on delivering quality advice to the Prime Minister and working with agencies to deliver key national security policies.

Kylie joined PM&C in 2010, where she led the Cabinet Secretariat and the program for the National Security Committee of Cabinet. In this role, Kylie coordinated the Government’s consideration of the Commonwealth Budget, and a broad range of national security and policy issues, including supporting the Government’s consideration of ADF operations in Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands and the US Global Force Posture Review.

Kylie is also the PM&C Gender Champion and Associate Chair of the Women’s Network. She is keen to help the department embrace different perspectives, backgrounds and attributes, and thereby strengthen its performance and effectiveness. Having worked in the national security environment for the last 16 years, she is particularly passionate about the struggles women face in being recognised for their skills and attributes, and their leadership qualities, in male-dominated environments. And by improving opportunities for women in PM&C and the APS, believes that we can be a springboard for championing improved outcomes for women in Australia more broadly.

Kylie holds a Masters of Strategic Studies and a Bachelor of Commerce.

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