Minister Counsellor Defence Materiel
Embassy of Australia
Rosemary Gauci is the Minister Counsellor Defence Materiel – Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG). Rosemary commenced in her role in May 2022 and heads up the Australian Department of Defence – CASG permanent presence in North America and Europe. Her key responsibilities include supporting procurement of Defense Materiel into Australia from the US and supporting Australian Defence Industry interests in North America.
Rosemary has a diverse career background spanning 35 years across Industry, State and Federal Government. Rosemary joined Defence in 2001 and has enjoyed a number of highly challenging and complex roles. Rosemary has a wealth of knowledge and experience in developing and implementing technical frameworks across project management and protective security streams.
Rosemary was appointed to the Defence Senior Executive Service in August 2019 and prior to taking up her current role, was the Assistant Secretary Land Command, Control, Communication and Computer Systems (LC4S Branch). As the Land C4 Program Delivery Manager, Rosemary was responsible for the acquisition, integration and sustainment of Command, Control, Communication and Computer systems for Land Forces. Through Rosemary’s stewardship, the LC4S Branch delivered the Enhanced Deployable Local Area Network Program in the Middle East. In her role as the Assistant Secretary Critical Systems, Rosemary led her team to the successfully deliver the Rapid Environmental Survey capability to the Royal Australian Navy.
Prior to her appointment to the SES, Rosemary was the Director Cyber Security within CASG where she established the Cyber Security Directorate to support and enable program, project and product managers across CASG to deliver cyber-worthy Defence materiel to the capability managers. To support this work Rosemary developed the CASG Cyber Security Framework 2018 and has continued to support this function.
Rosemary has held a range of positions specializing in security including Director Security Performance Review and Director Security Operations. Rosemary was also the Director Corporate Operations within AGSVA. During this period Rosemary was requested to establish a team to complete the AGSVA Data Remediation Project. This project was a success resulting in improved confidence in AGSVA data across the Australian Government and led to the establishment of the ‘Charging Industry for Vetting Services’ process.
Rosemary is committed to life-long learning and development and has an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from QUT, a Bachelor of Science (Security) from ECU, a Graduate Certificate Public Sector Management, a Diploma of Business (Quality Auditing) and a Diploma of Security and Risk Management. Rosemary is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and has received a Department of Defence Gold Level Commendation for her tireless and exemplary achievement as an Executive level officer. In 2020, Rosemary was a finalist in the Women in Defence Awards, Project Management.
Rosemary enjoys bike riding, an occasional game of golf, making origami and cheering for the Sydney Swans an Australian Football Team.