Michael Pezzullo was appointed Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs on 20 December 2017. He was previously Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. From February 2013, Mr Pezzullo was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), having joined the Service as its Chief Operating Officer in July 2009.
Before joining ACBPS, Mr Pezzullo was Deputy Secretary, Strategy in the Department of Defence, having been appointed to that position in January 2006. Mr Pezzullo joined the Department of Defence as a graduate in 1987. He worked in Defence until 1992 in a variety of strategic policy and intelligence positions.
In March 1993, Mr Pezzullo joined the staff of the Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Gareth Evans QC. He remained in Parliament House until December 2001, including serving four years as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Kim Beazley MP.
In February 2002, Mr Pezzullo re-joined the Department of Defence as an Assistant Secretary in the Corporate Services and Infrastructure Group. In March 2004, he was promoted to the position of Head Infrastructure. In July 2004, he was Chief Of Staff Australian Defence Headquarters and Head of Coordination and Public Affairs Division. Between February 2008 and May 2009, Mr Pezzullo led the Defence White Paper team and was the principal author of the 2009 Defence White Paper.
On 8 June 2020, Mr Pezzullo was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (General Division) as part of the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List.