Mr Neuhaus is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He was most recently Assistant Secretary and Head of the CHOGM Policy Task Force, and previously headed the Pacific Engagement Taskforce. Mr Neuhaus has previously served overseas as Australia's High Commissioner to Nigeria, with earlier postings to the United Nations, New York, Papua New Guinea, and Kenya. He was also Director of the Political Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London from 2002-2008. He is married, with one daughter.