Mr Magee is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was most recently the Australian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2008-11).
Overseas, Mr Magee has served as Consul-General in Guangzhou (2003-06), Deputy Head of Mission in Moscow (2001-03), First Secretary in Singapore (1994-97) and Third Secretary in Beijing (1990-92). He has also served as a United Nations Disarmament Fellow based in Geneva and New York and joined the 47th Australian Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in October 1992.
In Canberra, Mr Magee has also held the positions of Director of the China Political and External Section (2007), Director, China Economic and Trade Section (2001), and Director, China Bilateral Relations Section (2000).
Between 1997 and 1999, Mr Magee worked with the Victorian State Government as a senior advisor.
Educated at Monash University, Mr Magee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours and a Bachelor of Laws degree. Mr Magee speaks Chinese, French and some Arabic, Russian and German. He is married with two children.