Media release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

8 March 2001

Women Playing Vital Role in Australian Diplomacy

On International Womens Day, it is appropriate to acknowledge the vital role that women are playing in advancing Australia's national interests through our diplomatic service. The Coalition Government has appointed 20 women to head Australian missions overseas since 1996. There are currently 13 women leading Australian overseas posts more than ever before.

Pamela Fayle is a Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade based in Canberra and Australia's Ambassador to APEC.

Australia's development cooperation program, managed through the Government's overseas aid agency AusAID, is run by women at a number of overseas locations.

Australia's diplomatic service offers women challenging and stimulating careers. I would strongly encourage more women to consider career opportunities in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and AusAID. Careers in these agencies can be personally and professionally rewarding, while helping to advance Australia's national interests and work on issues of significance to the international community.

Media inquiries: Matt Francis (Ministerial) 02 6277 7500 / 0419 206 890
Julie McDonald (DFAT) 02 6261 1555