Mr Anderson is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has returned recently from a posting to Afghanistan as HOM.
Mr Anderson has served as High Commissioner to Solomon Islands (2011-13) and High Commissioner to Samoa (2007-2011) and has also been posted to Papua New Guinea and South Africa. He was Chief Negotiator of the Australian-led Peace Monitoring Group on Bougainville and undertook a Short Term Mission to Cambodia.
Mr Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University and a Master of Arts from Monash University and is a Graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.
He was awarded the Public Service Medal for his role leading the humanitarian and consular response to the 2009 Pacific tsunami.