Hamish Hansford is the First Assistant Secretary of Cyber, Digital and Technology Policy in the Australian Department of Home Affairs. In this role, Hamish leads Australia’s cyber security and cybercrime policy, online harms policy including countering terrorism and child exploitation, encryption policy as well as technology security policy.
Immediately prior to this, was the First Assistant Secretary of National Security and Law Enforcement Policy in the Department of Home Affairs where he delivered Australia’s first ever modern slavery act, surveillance, investigatory powers and lawful access reforms, as well as hardening of Australia’s counter money laundering, illicit firearms, terrorist financing and child exploitation regimes.
Prior to this, Hamish has held Senior Executive positions in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the former Australian Crime Commission. Hamish has also served in a range of intelligence, policy, planning, program delivery roles in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Attorney General’s Department, Australian Senate and the Office of Transport Security.