Biography of Mr Gary Quinlan AO

Gary Quinlan took up the position of Deputy Secretary in the Department on 1 June 2015 and is responsible for North and South East Asia; global security, including counter-terrorism; disarmament and arms control; irregular migration; consular and crisis management; and public diplomacy. He is Australia’s Senior Official to the East Asia Summit and to ASEAN.

He was Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 2009 until January 2015, and Australian Representative on the United Nations Security Council 2013-2014. He was Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security from 2007-2009.

Mr Quinlan has served in several senior positions in the Department in Canberra with responsibility for North Asia; the Americas; Europe; and corporate management, including crisis management. He was in charge of the Government’s operational response to the East Timor Crisis in 1999. He has had extensive experience as a lead negotiator for Australia in multilateral negotiations on UN matters, law of the sea and the Antarctic.

His overseas assignments before his recent one in New York have been as High Commissioner to Singapore; Deputy Ambassador in Washington DC; First Secretary, Australian Mission to the United Nations, New York; Australian Deputy Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Paris; and Second Secretary in the Australian Embassy in Dublin.

He has also served as Chief of Staff to the then-Ministers for Resources; Industrial Relations; Trade; and Industry, Science and Technology.

He has a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Newcastle and an Hon D. Litt (Newcastle), 2007.

Last Updated: 4 October 2016
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