Australian Embassy

Australia’s New Ambassador Presents Credentials

Media Release

4 April 2018

Mr Gary Quinlan AO has today presented his credentials to President Joko Widodo at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta.

Mr Quinlan replaces Mr Paul Grigson who served as Ambassador from 2015.

Mr Quinlan was most recently Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Australia’s Senior Official to ASEAN and to the East Asia Summit. He was Australia’s chief negotiator with Timor-Leste on maritime boundaries. He has served as Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security, and has held senior positions in DFAT responsible for North Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Previously, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York; Australia’s Representative on, and President of, the United Nations Security Council;  Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Washington; and High Commissioner to Singapore.

Mr Quinlan Holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Newcastle.

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