Mr Stevens has held a number of government roles, including in the fields of media and communications.
His predecessor, Professor David Weisbrot resigned in June following criticism over the appointment of GetUp! deputy chair Carla McGrath. Following her appointment, News Corp Australia publications announced they would not support any adjudication in which Ms McGrath was involved.
Mr Stevens said he looked forward to working with member organisations to ensure robust reporting and a free press in the digital age.
“The media sector is undergoing rapid change as digital technology disrupts traditional business models,” he said. “The need for a robust and responsible media sector has never been greater. I believe that the Press Council should be a strong advocate for a free and responsible press and freedom of speech.
“I embrace the opportunity to build on what he and others have achieved by working with the Press Council, all its members and the wider community on these issues.”
Mr Stevens will commence his role in January.