Neville Stevens has extensive experience in the development and implementation of policy in IT and Communications in Australia.
His 30-year career in the Australian Public Service included senior positions in the Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet; Industry; and Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.
His most recent public service appointment was as Secretary of the Communications, Information Technology and Arts Department from 1993–2001. He was closely involved in telecommunications reform, broadcasting policy, and the development of the information technology industry.
Prior to this, Mr Stevens served as Secretary of the Industry Department (1990–1993) following a five-year tenure as Deputy Secretary of the same department.
Since leaving the public service, Mr Stevens has participated in and chaired a number of boards and panels involved with the development of the IT and Communications industries.
He has held a position on the board of NICTA since late 2002. He was appointed Chairman on 31 May 2005 after two years as Deputy Chairman.
His current appointments include Chair of the Co-operative Research Centre Committee, Chairman of AC3, Member of the Advisory Committee for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Complex Systems and member of the Australian National Maritime Museum Council. He was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2002.
He is currently conducting a review of Indigenous Broadcasting for the Federal Government.