Adam Fennessy commenced as Secretary of the new Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on 1 January 2015. Adam leads DELWP in protecting and enhancing Victoria's natural and built environment and heritage and supporting liveability and local government across the state, strongly influenced by decision-making at a regional and local level.
Prior to this, Adam was Secretary of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries from April 2013 to December 2014. Adam was Acting Secretary of the former Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), Deputy Secretary Environment and Natural Resources within the former DSE, and Executive Director, Infrastructure and Economics in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Adam has also worked as a Commonwealth Government policy and legal adviser in the areas of transport, communications and the arts.
Adam is a member of the national Senior Officials Committee for Environment and Water. Adam leads the Loddon Mallee Regional Management Forum and is a member of the Victorian Secretaries Board. Adam was made a Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in November 2013, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.