Director-General of Security
The Director-General of Security leads ASIO and is responsible to the Attorney-General of Australia.
Mr David Taylor Irvine was appointed as the Director-General of Security in 2009. Mr Irvine is a career diplomat who joined the Australian Foreign Service in 1970. Mr Irvine’s postings have included Rome, Jakarta (twice), Beijing and Port Moresby. His appointments have included High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea (1996 – 1999), Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (2000 – 2003) and the Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (2003 – 2009).
During the five years prior to his appointment in Papua New Guinea, Mr Irvine held several senior management and policy positions in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, including management of Australia’s relations with the major markets of South, North and East Asia, as well as Indochina.
In 2005, Mr Irvine was awarded an Officer of the General Division of the Order of Australia for services furthering Australian international interests. Mr Irvine has also published two books entitled ‘Bisma, Warrior Priest of the Mahabharata’ (1990) and ‘Leather Gods and Wooden Heroes’ (1996).