Paul was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2017 for outstanding public service through the provision of legal advice to the Commonwealth.
After graduating from law at the University of Melbourne, Paul worked as a solicitor in private practice prior to commencing with the Commonwealth Attorney General’s legal practice in 1987. During the 1990s, when the Australian Government was engaged in a large scale privatisation program, he was one the Commonwealth’s foremost legal experts on asset sales and privatisations, working as a key member of the legal teams for transactions including Qantas Airways Limited, Australian Airlines and the long term leasing of federally owned airports.
In the early 2000s he provided advice on a series of significant Commonwealth industry funding projects, including automotive industry programs and low emissions technology. His contributions over the past 15 years on major Defence projects has covered a wide range of areas including housing and accommodation, logistics, major capital acquisitions and through life support. Most recently, he has contributed to the success of the Future Submarine Program Competitive Evaluation Process, the largest defence acquisition undertaken by Australia.
Paul was commissioned as an infantry officer in Melbourne University Regiment in 1974. He received the Reserve Force Decoration (RFD) for completing 15 years commissioned service in the Army Reserve. Mr Paul G