With Bangarra Since:

Richard Eccles has enjoyed a successful career as a leader in the Australian Public Service, having held Deputy Secretary positions since May 2010 across several portfolios, including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Health and Aged Care; Regional Affairs, Local Government, Arts and Sport; and Communications and the Arts.  This is underpinned by a total of over 30 years’ experience in the public and non-profit sectors, working in high profile and complex areas of policy development and implementation.


As a Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Richard led reforms in Indigenous Affairs, with a strong focus on community led economic development activity, and local social policy reforms. More recently (from 2016 to early 2020) as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Communications and the Arts, Richard was responsible for the arts, cyber safety, copyright and media. 


Richard left the Australian Public Service in February 2020. He holds directorships or advisory roles with the Copyright Agency Ltd, Epilepsy ACT, and the Public Interest Journalism Initiative. He a member of the Match Committee of the Federal Golf Club and is a passionate supporter of the Canberra Raiders and St Kilda Football Club.