Renée Leon was Secretary of the Department of Human Services from 2017-2020, having been Secretary of the Department of Employment from 2013-2017. Her other senior public service roles included roles as Deputy Secretary in the Attorney-General’s Department and in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She also spent three years as Chief Executive of the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety, where she led the amalgamation of a broad range of public safety agencies into the Department.
Renée is qualified in Arts and Law and holds a Masters in Law from Cambridge University. She was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2013 for outstanding public service to public administration and law in leadership roles in the Australian Capital Territory and the Commonwealth.
Renée is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Public Policy at the Australian National University. She has served on the Boards of the Australian Institute of Criminology, the National Australia Day Council, and the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency, and was a member of the Council of the Order of Australia.
Public Service Excellence Awards
Renée was awarded the Institute Public Service Excellence Awards in 2013 for the promotion of public sector excellence. The Public Sector Awards are presented to public servants at different levels of governance who have made an outstanding contribution to their field. Award recipients also receive an Adjunct Professorship or Honorary Fellowship, and Renée was awarded an Adjunct Professorship with IGPA.
“Renée has been awarded this excellence award for her outstanding contribution to the promotion of public sector excellence and in particular the work that she has done in enhancing the quality of service delivery in Australia and in advancing the position of women in the Australian public service”.
Professor Meredith Edwards (Member, IGPA's Public Service Awards panel)
Renée Leon receiving the Public Service Excellence Award from the Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker AO in October 2013 at the University of Canberra.