Andrew Shearer to Be the New Boss of National Intelligence Office

October 29, 2020 Updated: October 29, 2020

An experienced security adviser who has served under three prime ministers has been appointed Australia’s director-general of national intelligence.

Andrew Shearer will replace Office of National Intelligence boss Nick Warner in December for a five-year term.

Shearer has served as deputy director-general at the Office of National Assessments and advised John Howard, Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison on national security issues.

Since 2019, Shearer has served as cabinet secretary – helping set up the national cabinet to coordinate the response to COVID-19.

Paul Osborne in Canberra