Cabinet secretary heads to security role

Paul Osborne

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.

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