OECD Global Forum: Building Trust and Reinforcing Democracy


Peter Woolcott

Australian Public Service Commission

Australian Public Service Commissioner


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 served as Australia’s High Commissioner to New Zealand (2016–2017), Ambassador for the Environment (2014–16), and led the negotiations to the Paris Agreement on climate change (2016), Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Ambassador for Disarmament (2010–2014), Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues (2009), Ambassador to Italy (2004–2007), and Australian Consul General, Honolulu and Representative to US Commander in Chief Pacific (1998-2001). Most recently he served as former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’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. Mr Woolcott was Chair of the Final United Nations Conference on the Army Trade Treaty in 2013.

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