Richard Eccles has enjoyed a successful career as a leader in the Australian Public Service having held Deputy Secretary positions since May 2010, across several portfolios, including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Health and Aged Care; Regional Affairs, Local Government, Arts and Sport; and Communications and the Arts. This is underpinned by a total of over 30 years’ experience in the public and non-profit sectors.
Richard has worked on high profile and complex areas of policy development and implementation.
He led the Australian Government’s FIFA World Cup Bid Taskforce, and led the Government’s involvement in major sporting events including the ICC Cricket World Cup and the Football Asian Cup. He oversaw the development of a range of sports integrity measures including those relating to matchfixing in sport, doping and wagering.
As a Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Richard led reforms in Indigenous Affairs, with a strong focus on community led economic development activity, and local social policy reforms.
More recently (from 2016 to early 2020) as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Communications and the Arts, Richard was responsible for the arts, cyber safety, copyright and media. He oversaw significant changes in copyright, with a clear focus on putting the interests of Australia’s creators and industries at the fore. He worked across Government and with major media companies and interest groups to develop and deliver a range of media reforms in 2017.
Richard also led changes in how Government works with (and regulates) online platforms, including in the areas of child safety, electoral integrity, copyright and online violent material. He co-chaired the Government-Industry Taskforce to Combat Terrorist and Extreme Violent Material Online, which was established in 2019 in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attacks.
Richard left the APS in February 2020 and is looking forward to the next chapter. He is a board member of Epilepsy ACT, a member of the Match Committee of the Federal Golf Club and is a passionate supporter of the Canberra Raiders and St Kilda Football Club. He has Bachelor of Arts (ANU) and a Master of Arts (UNSW), both focusing on politics and literature.