Mark Cormack joined the Department of Health in February 2015 as Deputy Secretary, Strategic Policy and Innovation Group (SPIG). Mark is responsible for strategic national health policy, portfolio strategies and international engagement. His National Programme responsibilities include Primary Health, Mental Health, Public Hospital Funding agreements and dental.
Prior to joining the department Mark was Deputy Secretary of the Immigration Status Resolution Group (ISRG) in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) from August 2013 – January 2015. ISRG is responsible for managing and resolving the immigration status of people who do not have legal authority to be in Australia or who are in breach of their visa conditions. The group is also responsible for the onshore detention network, community detention, bridging visa programmes, and the department’s compliance and removals functions. In addition, the group works with other countries to implement offshore processing and refugee settlement. Mark was the Department’s senior executive responsible for implementation of Operation Sovereign Borders.
Prior to joining DIBP, Mark was appointed the first Chief Executive Officer of Health Workforce Australia (HWA) in January 2010. HWA was a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) which planned, funded, researched and delivered programmes to enhance and develop Australia’s health workforce.
From July 2006 to January 2010 Mark was Chief Executive of ACT Health.
Mark has had a number of senior roles in the public healthcare system, including:
- Member, Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC)
- Chair, AHMAC Health Policy Priorities Principal Committee
- Board director, National E Health Transition Authority.
Mark has worked in and for the public healthcare sector for over 30 years in various capacities as a health professional, senior manager, policy maker, planner, agency head and industry advocate. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (University of Sydney) and Master of Health Management (University of Wollongong).