Mr Peter Woolcott AO commenced as the Australian Public Service Commissioner on 9 August 2018. Mr Woolcott has had a distinguished career in the Australian Public Service, serving in senior diplomatic positions around the world.
He has served as Australia’s High Commissioner to New Zealand (2016–2017), Ambassador for the Environment (2014–16), Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Ambassador for Disarmament (2010–2014), Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues (2009), and Ambassador to Italy (2004–2007).
Most recently he has served as the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff.
Mr Woolcott was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2017 for his distinguished service to public administration in the field of international relations, and as a lead negotiator in the non-proliferation and arms control fields.