AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY STATE WINNER
2015 Australian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.
Ms Peta Credlin is Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, a position she has held since the election of the Coalition Government on 7 September 2013. She is one of the longest serving Chiefs of Staff to a national party leader.
Previously Ms Credlin was Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Tony Abbott MP throughout his four years in Opposition from 2009, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP and Senior Adviser to the Hon Dr Brendan Nelson during their tenure as Leaders of the Opposition.
As Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Peta Credlin’s role is to provide strategic and political advice to the Prime Minister and the broader Ministry. She is responsible for the management of his office and effective operation of the various functions including strategy and communications, economics and policy, press office, the Cabinet office and liaison with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the wider Commonwealth bureaucracy.
In the former Howard Government, Peta Credlin was Chief of Staff to Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and involved in key policy areas including telecommunications, broadband, the internet and ICT sector, the broadcasting and the media industries. Prior to this appointment, Ms Credlin was the Senior Adviser to the Leader of the Government in the Senate and Defence Minister the Hon Robert Hill with responsibility for international defence policy as well as her role as procedural and strategic adviser on Senate issues.
Between 2002‐2005, Peta Credlin was the Director of Public Affairs and Communications for the Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Industry. Her role at Racing Victoria Limited included regulatory affairs, management of broadcasting rights and negotiations, management of all racing publications and electronic communications within Victoria, global marketing of the Spring Racing Carnival and a significant public relations role.
Peta Credlin has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne with a concentration in constitutional law, politics and history. A recipient of a number of University prizes and awards, Peta was also a member of the University of Melbourne 1995 Jessup International Moot Team which was a national finalist. Peta Credlin is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in Victoria, recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (ANU) where she won the ACT Law Society Prize for the top student in 2009 and is currently completing a Master of Laws at the ANU.