Matthew McMahon

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Matthew McMahon

National Manager Security and Deputy Chief Security Officer, Services Australia


Matt McMahon is the National Manager Security for Services Australia. Matt’s responsibilities include Physical Security, Personnel Security, Security Governance and Information Security. Matt is also a Deputy Chief Security Officer with senior advisory responsibility for protective security matters, reporting to the CEO, Chief Security Officer and agency executive. Matt commenced in the role in March 2021.

Before joining Services Australia, Matt was the Assistant Commissioner Corporate Services with the Australian Electoral Commission with responsibility for People Services, Finance, Election Workforce, Property, and Security. Prior to joining the Australian Electoral Commission, Matt was the A/g Assistant Secretary for Finance Transformation at the Department of Finance. Matt was responsible for leading enterprise transformation coordination and implementation across areas of people, engagement and stewardship, business process improvement, and integrated business planning. Matt was also a key member of the agency’s security governance committee.

Matt has a passion for developing future leaders, and was the SES sponsor for the IPAA Future Leaders Committee from 2019 to 2022, is a mentor for several future leaders, and is currently sponsoring a new leadership development forum at Services Australia.

Matt has an Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Canberra and graduated through the Australian New Zealand School of Government. Before joining the Department of Finance, Matt’s career has traversed a wide variety of roles across both the public and private sectors including biosecurity, banking and finance, public housing and child protection, immigration detention, and migration and citizenship.

20-21 October 2022

Protective Security in Government Conference