Stephen Merchant conducts his own consultancy business, having completed almost 40 years of service with the Australian Government in August 2015. He worked in 2017 with Michael L’Estrange as one of the two independent reviewers appointed by the Prime Minister to undertake a comprehensive review of the Australian Intelligence Community. He has been a Director of the Data to Decisions Collaborative Research Centre since November 2015.
During the latter part of his career in government, Steve held a variety of senior appointments in different agencies in the Australian Intelligence Community and acted as Secretary of the Department of Defence on numerous occasions.
Steve was awarded the Australian Government Public Service Medal in 2010, and the United States Intelligence Community Seal Medallion in 2015.