Allaster Cox is currently Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. Previous he was head of the Southeast Asia Maritime Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra (2013 to 2017). Prior to this he was Assistant Secretary, Indonesia and Timor-Leste Brand (2012 to 2013).
Overseas, Mr Cox was Australian Ambassador to Vietnam (2008 to 2012), High Commissioner in Brunei Darussalam (2001 to 2003), Deputy Head of Mission in Kuala Lumpur (1998 to 2000), First Secretary later Political Counsellor in Jakarta (1992 to 1996) and Second Secretary in Brunei Darussalam (1988 to 1990).
In Canberra, Mr Cox has been Assistant Secretary, Policy Planning Branch (2007 to 2008) and Assistant Secretary, United States Branch (2006 to 2007). Between 2004 and 2006 he was on secondment as Assistant Secretary, Asia, Americas and Trade Branch in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Mr Cox holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) degrees from the University of Sydney, where he was President of the University Union in 1984. He worked for Shell Australia as an industrial economist in teams negotiating workplace/manning level reforms from 1985 to 1987.