Australian Embassy

Australia’s New Ambassador to Indonesia Presents Credentials

Media Release

1 September 2021

Ms Penny Williams PSM has today presented her credentials to President Joko Widodo at the Merdeka State Palace in Jakarta, following her arrival in Indonesia earlier this year.

Ms Williams is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was recently Deputy Secretary in the Department. She has previously served overseas as High Commissioner to Malaysia and was Australia’s first Ambassador for Women and Girls. Ms Williams is Australia’s first woman Ambassador to Indonesia.

Ms Williams speaks fluent Indonesian and holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Honours) focused on Indonesia, and a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development.

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