Mr Armitage is a senior career officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary and Media Branch. Prior to that, Mr Armitage was seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He has served overseas in Manila, Australia's Mission to the United Nations in New York and Islamabad.
Mr Armitage holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours and a Diploma of Museum Studies from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs from the Australian National University. Mr Armitage speaks Portuguese and Tetum. He has two children.