Australian Commonwealth Coat of Arms

24 February 2009

Diplomatic Appointment: Consul-General Los Angeles

Mr Chris De Cure OAM is to be Australia’s new Consul-General in Los Angeles. He is expected to take up his appointment in March 2009.

The Los Angeles Consulate-General takes in southern California and the adjoining south-western states of the United States, an area with an economy equivalent in size to the world’s fifth largest economy. It is a global centre for the technology and entertainment industries.

The Consulate-General is the focal point of our national efforts to promote Australian interests in business, tourism and education, and further develop the robust cultural linkages we enjoy with the west coast of the United States. California provides the North American base for many large Australian companies and is home to the largest population of Australian expatriates in the United States. Los Angeles is the first port of call for many Australians travelling to the United States.

Australia’s trade and investment ties with the west coast of the United States are strong, with over AUD 3.8 billion in Australian merchandise exports destined for California or transiting the state each year. Australia is the eighth largest foreign investor in California.

Mr De Cure, a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has held diverse senior roles in the Department covering bilateral and regional relations, trade policy, public affairs and corporate programs. He has developed a close familiarity with Australia’s relations with the United States, having headed the Department’s Americas Division in 2008 and previously serving in the Australian Embassy, Washington as First Secretary (Commercial) from 1987-1990.

Mr De Cure was head of the APEC Task Force (2005-07) in the lead-up to Australia’s hosting of the APEC Leaders Meeting in 2007 and Assistant Secretary, APEC Branch (2003-05) and chair of APEC’s Committee on Trade and Investment (2006-07).

Mr De Cure previously held a range of senior appointments in Canberra including Senior Media Spokesman and Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary Media Branch (2001-02) and Assistant Secretary, Images of Australia Branch (1999-2000). In the latter role, he had oversight of the Department’s international public affairs and cultural programs and its involvement in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

He was also the senior Departmental official engaged in the 2008 visit to Perth by the then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Mr De Cure was awarded an OAM for his co-ordinating role in the Government’s response to the 2002 Bali bombing.

Mr De Cure holds a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University. He is married and has four adult children.

Media inquiries: Mr Smith's office 02 6277 7500 - Departmental Media Liaison 02 6261 1555