Secretary, Department of Veterans’ Affairs; First Female Major General

After 31 years of distinguished military service in the Australian Army, Liz Cosson joined the Australian Public Service in 2010 and was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) in 2018. Liz is also the President of the Repatriation Commission and Chair of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission. Liz Was the first female promoted to the senior rank of Major General in the Australian Army. Between 2012 and 2016 she held the positions of Deputy Secretary at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and Deputy Secretary/Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Health. Liz was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in 2001, appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her contributions and for delivering profound organisational reform in 2011.

LIZ COSSON AM, CSC

Canberra

Friday 19th June, 2020