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We have Counsellors located in five key overseas regions. They:

  • assist our department and its portfolio agencies across a range of policies and programs
  • strengthen our overseas networks and promote Australia’s capabilities in the industry, resources, innovation, science and research sectors
  • engage with host country governments, other key partner countries, businesses, peak bodies and research organisations
  • form and maintain relationships with these stakeholders to promote our key policies and programs
  • look for common interests and possible linkages

The Counsellors advise the Australian Government about key initiatives in their host countries. They also support visiting Australian Ministers and departmental staff and represent us at key engagements and events.

China

Our Counsellors, Scott Wilson and Joanna Bunting, are based in the Australian Embassy in Beijing.

China is a key partner for Australian industry, resources and science. It is Australia’s largest export destination, mainly due to resources exports. Australia is China’s third highest research co-publication partner behind the US and UK.

Key priorities

  • Supporting trade and investment under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
  • Promoting collaboration through forums such as the Australia China Bilateral Dialogue on Resources and Energy Cooperation and the Australia-China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology.
  • Supporting bilateral engagement through the Australia-China Science and Research Fund and establishing an Australia-China Dialogue on innovation.

Counsellors

Scott Wilson
Phone: + 86 10 5140 4131
Email: Scott.Wilson@dfat.gov.au
Scott Wilson biography [17KB PDF] [61KB PDF]

Joanna Bunting
Phone: + 86 10 5140 4477
Email: Joanna.Bunting@dfat.gov.au
Joanna Bunting biography [26KB PDF] [53KB DOCX]

Europe

Our Counsellor Dr Alex Cooke is based in the Australian Embassy and Mission to the European Union in Brussels.

Australia’s relationship with Europe is deep-rooted, vast and profound. The European Union and its Member States are Australia’s largest science and innovation collaboration partner.

Key priorities

  • Representing us at OECD Committees on science, innovation, entrepreneurship and digital economy.
  • Representing our agenda at key events of the Square Kilometre Array Organisation.

Counsellor

Dr Alex Cooke
Phone: + 32 02 286 0589
Email: Alex.Cooke@industry.gov.au
Alex Cooke biography [39KB PDF] [100KB PDF]

India

Our Counsellor Richard Samuels is based in the Australia High Commission in New Delhi.

India’s resources and energy demand, and research and science capabilities continue to grow alongside their rapidly advancing economy. India is undergoing a major energy and resources transformation. They are a growing market for resources trade and investment, and research collaboration. This includes clean coal and high efficiency low emissions (HELE) coal fired power stations. India seeks to work with Australia on best practice policy developments.

Key priorities

  • Supporting the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund, our largest bilateral partnership for innovation, science and research.
  • Providing input into the India Economic Strategy, currently being developed.
  • Supporting the Ministerial Australia-India Energy Dialogue, which covers all energy and resources trade, policy development and research collaboration.
  • Working closely with Austrade to maximise trade and investment opportunities.

Counsellor

Richard Samuels
Mobile: +91 95992 29301
Email: Richard.Samuels@dfat.gov.au
Richard Samuels biography [129KB PDF] [DOCX 107KB]

Japan

Our Counsellor, Trevor Holloway, is based in the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.

Japan is Australia’s largest export destination for energy resources. They are the largest Asian investor in Australian resources projects. Japan is also a key partner for Australian industry and science.

Key priorities

  • Engaging with Japanese investors and customers in Australia’s resources sector. This includes liquefied natural gas (LNG), coal and minerals.
  • Promoting technology collaboration in resources sectors. This includes clean coal, carbon capture and storage (CCS), HELE coal fired power stations, and hydrogen.

Counsellor

Trevor Holloway
Phone: + 81 3 5232 4020
Email: Trevor.Holloway@dfat.gov.au
Trevor Holloway biography [40KB] [48KB DOCX]

North America

Our Minister-Counsellor for industry, science and education, Tim Bradley, is based in the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

Australia and North America have a long history of close cooperation and collaboration. This has been embodied in the United States (US) through the 100 years of Mateship Campaign. The US, Canada and Australia share many similar policy challenges and are important partners.

Key priorities

  • Facilitate policy dialogue between the Australian, US and Canadian governments and the community about science, technology, innovation, and resources. Aiming to share best practices and lessons learnt and explore collaboration opportunities.
  • Monitor key issues in the region that relate to innovation, space policy, energy resources, digital economy and the future of work.
  • Engaging with the education sector to promote policy dialogue and share lessons learnt. Also encouraging collaboration and mobility between Australia, the US and Canada.

Minister-Counsellor

Tim Bradley
(Industry, Science and Education)
Phone: +1 202 797 3441   
Email: Tim.Bradley@industry.gov.au
Tim Bradley biography [375KB PDF] [130KB DOCX]

Last updated: 23 August 2018

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