Elizabeth Day commenced as Director of the DFAT South Australian State Office in June 2018. She is responsible for managing the Department’s engagement with its diverse stakeholders in South Australia, across government, business, academia and civil society.
A career diplomat, Ms Day has served overseas as the Political Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Paris (2014-16), First Secretary in Dili (2007-09) and Third Secretary at the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna (2002-05). She worked at the Embassy in Cairo on a short term mission following political unrest in 2011 and as a civilian peace monitor on the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea in 2001. In Canberra she has worked in a number of areas of the foreign affairs and trade portfolio, including on legal issues (most recently as Director, Consular, Passports and Protocol Law Section), as well as on corporate policy, security policy (counter-terrorism) and on various bilateral relationships with countries in South and South East Asia.
Elizabeth is from South Australia and holds Bachelor Degrees of Arts and of Laws (with Honours) from the University of Adelaide. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Arts (Foreign Affairs and Trade) from Monash University and a Master of Arts (International Relations) from Deakin University. She was the recipient of the C.A.S Hawker Scholarship.
Elizabeth was born and educated in South Australia and speaks French.
She is married with a son and a daughter.