Philip Brown

Branch Manager Policy Strategy, Department of Social Services

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Starting his working life as a teacher in outback Queensland, Philip Brown started his career in the APS in the Department of Social Security at Warwick Regional Office in 1989, moving to Canberra in 1993.  Since then, he has worked across a wide range of social policy areas, including social security, youth, early childhood, Indigenous affairs, and families and communities.   Roles have included policy analysis and development, research and evaluation, audit and compliance, and implementation.   He has been in the Senior Executive Service since 2004, and is currently Branch Manager, Policy Strategy & Investment in the Policy Office of DSS.

In his current role, Phil has recently been leading:

  • a Commissioning for Outcomes framework for DSS
  • thinking on place-based approaches to disadvantage, access to opportunity and family functioning
  • the Try Test and Learn fund
  • supporting the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership


Laura Maclean