Kendra Morony is currently First Assistant Secretary Strategy Division, Home Affairs, leading the organisation’s strategy and capability development. Prior to this role Kendra was Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Home Affairs and also Assistant Secretary, Cyber Security Policy. Her key focus in this role was the development of the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy.
Prior to this Kendra worked as an Adviser to the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne for two years. Her portfolio responsibilities in the office included: Cyber and space policy and capability, Air Force capability, foreign investment and critical infrastructure, ICT capability and Defence’s key reform program - the First Principles Review.
Before her time in the Minister’s office, Kendra worked in a variety of policy and intelligence roles within the Department of Defence spanning 12 years. This included managing teams in Strategic Policy Division and International Policy Division, focusing on the Middle East, Australia and US joint facilities and broader intelligence policy. Kendra was deployed as a Senior Policy Adviser to JTF633 in the Middle East, directly supporting the Commander, and also worked as the Senior Policy Adviser to Chief of Joint Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command.
Kendra started her career in Defence as an imagery and geospatial analyst at the Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO), working on counter-terrorism and Asia-Pacific matters. During this time Kendra also represented AGO as the Operations Liaison Officer within the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency in Washington DC for over two years.