Steve McCutcheon


Steve McCutcheon has a Bachelor of Economics degree with a major in rural economics from Sydney University, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Law from the Australian National University. He has extensive experience in working with the primary production sector in private and public sector settings.

From 1980–87, Steve worked in a number of positions in the banking sector related to rural lending. He then spent 20 years with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture working initially with the grains, industrial crops and horticulture sectors to implement government economic reforms. Later, as Executive Manager of the Department’s Product Integrity Animal and Plant Health Division, he administered the Australian Government’s role in national biosecurity arrangements and its participation in the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).

In 2007, Steve was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), a position he held until his retirement in 2017. During his tenure he led the development of a range of new food standards, including a number of primary production and processing standards.

Steve has held a number of Board positions, including the Dried Fruits Research and Development Council, Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, Australian Plague Locust Commission and FSANZ. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was appointed to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ Scientific Advisory Group in 2017.