Rosemary Huxtable PSM is Secretary of the Australian Department of Finance. She is responsible for all functions and services delivered by the Finance Department including the preparation and delivery of the Australian Government Budget, overseeing the financial framework of Australian Government agencies, shareholder oversight of government business enterprises and managing the Australian Government’s non-defence domestic property portfolio and key asset sales. Ms Huxtable plays a key role in driving Australian Public Service (APS) modernisation and the delivery of efficient, cost-effective services, and managing both shared services policy and delivery through the Service Delivery Office.
Ms Huxtable joined Finance in June 2013 as Deputy Secretary of Budget and Financial Reporting. Prior to joining Finance, Ms Huxtable was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Health and Ageing with responsibility for policies and programs in the areas of ageing and aged care, mental health and e-health. She has been a key player in significant health reforms, particularly those to Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and hospital financing.
Ms Huxtable has worked extensively in the areas of health and community services across the public and private sectors, including a period on ministerial staff, managing a private consulting business based in Western Australia, and more than 25 years’ experience in Commonwealth administration.
In 2005 Ms Huxtable received a Public Service Medal for her work on Medicare.