Paul Retter

Chief Executive and Commissioner



Paul Retter commenced as Chief Executive and Commissioner of the NTC on 8 July 2013.

Paul has extensive knowledge of transport and logistics, having held the position of Executive Director of the Office of Transport Security (OTS) at the Department of Transport and Regional Services from 2006-13. In this position, Paul was responsible for OTS’ work within the framework of the National Counter-Terrorism Plan to provide strategic leadership and national consistency in transport security; set and enforce a preventive security framework for the aviation, maritime and oil and gas sectors and work with state and territory governments to implement effective and consistent preventive security measures in surface transport.

Prior to joining OTS, Paul was a senior member of the Australian Defence Force, where he was responsible for developing and progressing land based military capability requirements to government. His other defence appointments between 2001 and 2004 included appointment as the Deputy Force Commander of the UN Peacekeeping Force in East Timor, and as Army’s Director General of Preparedness and Plans.

Paul was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 and awarded the Australian Security Medal (Australian Security Industry Award) for Conspicuous Service in 2012.