Ms Jill Collins has been appointed as Australia's Consul-General in Guangzhou. Ms Collins replaces Mr Grant Dooley who has been Consul-General since November 2009.
Ms Collins is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has previously served overseas in Beijing, Shanghai and the Australian Office in Taipei.
Ms Collins speaks Mandarin. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Deakin University.
Ms Collins appointment comes as China's remarkable growth is having a profound impact on the region and the world, bringing significant benefits to the region's economic development. China is now Australia's largest two-way trading partner, with trade worth AUD$121 billion in 2011.
Guangdong province alone accounts for around a quarter of China's two-way trade in goods, and around 14 per cent of Australia's total merchandise trade with China. In 2010, Australia-Guangdong goods trade reached US$12 billion, with Australian exports to Guangdong worth $US6 billion.
Guangdong has had a sister-state relationship with New South Wales since 1979 and with Queensland since 2008. Fujian has had a sister-state relationship with Tasmania since 1981.
The Consulate-General in Guangzhou is located in Guangdong province, China's largest provincial economy. The Consulate-General also has responsibility for the provinces of Guangxi, Hunan, Fujian, Yunnan and Hainan.
Guangdong is also the largest source of Chinese students studying in Australia, and remains one of the largest sources of Chinese tourists into Australia.
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