Allan McKinnon is currently working as the Deputy Secretary, National Security Group, within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Prior to this position, Allan worked for many years in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in positions in Canberra and overseas. His overseas postings have included assignments at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo as Counsellor (Minerals and Energy) (1994-1998) and Deputy Head of Mission (2006-2010).
Allan has a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) and Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University (ANU), and Diploma (Law) from the NSW Legal Practitioners Admission Board. He speaks Japanese and Thai.