High Commissioner to Singapore

Media release

24 August 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Mr Philip Green OAM as Australia's next High Commissioner to Singapore.

Mr Green is expected to take up his appointment in November 2012, replacing Doug Chester who has been High Commissioner since October 2008.

Mr Green is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and was most recently First Assistant Secretary in DFAT's International Security Division.

He has previously served overseas as High Commissioner in South Africa (2004-2008), and in Kenya (1998-2000).

In addition to his experience as a career officer in the Department, Mr Green also served as Chief of Staff to Foreign Minister Rudd and as International Adviser in Prime Minister Rudd's Office.

In 2004, Mr Green headed the secretariat for the Review of Australian Intelligence Agencies. He was Deputy Principal Member at the Refugee Review Tribunal from 2001-2002, and has served as Director in the International Division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Mr Green holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Sydney. In 2002 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his role in the response to the Bali terrorist tragedy.

Singapore is Australia's largest trading partner in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and fifth largest globally. Almost one million Australians visit Singapore each year. Singapore-Australia cooperation includes combined exercises, personnel training and exchanges. Together with Malaysia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore are members of the Five Power Defence Arrangements.

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