The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIA

Media Release

FA085 - 28 July 2006

Diplomatic Appointment - Ambassador to Croatia

I have today announced the appointment of Ms Tracy Reid OAM as Australia's Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia.  Ms Reid will replace Ms Anna George who has been Ambassador since November 2003.  She is expected to take up her appointment in September 2006.

Australia and Croatia's relationship is based on strong community ties. The Croatian-Australian community in Australia is one of the largest national groups from the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and has contributed significantly to Australia's multicultural society.

Australia welcomes Croatia's path towards European Union (EU) and NATO membership which will help enhance political stability and regional security in the Balkans.  Australia also looks forward to Croatia's continued cooperation with international bodies including the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

While our commercial relationship is relatively small, there is considerable scope for growth in trade and investment as the Croatian economy grows and modernises in preparation for future EU accession. 

Ms Reid was most recently Director, Administrative and Domestic Law Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a position she held since 2003.  She has held a range of positions in the department including Executive Officer, Consular Information and Crisis Management Section (2002-03), Executive Officer, Consular Policy Section (1997-98), Executive Officer, Canada, Latin America and Caribbean Section (1995-96), and Executive Officer, OECD Section (1993-95).  From 1998 to 2001, Ms Reid worked as an Exchange Officer on secondment to the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa.  Prior to joining DFAT in 1993, Ms Reid was Senior Legal Officer, ACT Attorney-General's Department (1989-93).

Ms Reid was born in George Town, Tasmania in 1963.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the University of Queensland and a Master of International Law degree from the Australian National University.  Ms Reid speaks French.  She is married and has two children. 

Ms Reid was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2003 for her role in managing the Government's consular response to the Bali bombings of October 2002.

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