Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism 25 May

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Richard Feakes as Australia’s next Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism.

Australia’s Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism is responsible for leading our international engagement on counter-terrorism including at international fora and works closely with domestic agencies on counter-terrorism issues.

Mr Feakes will also sit on the Commonwealth Joint Counter-Terrorism Board and the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee.

Terrorism is a global challenge, and working closely with our international partners in the region and beyond is critical to safeguarding Australia, our people and our interests from the harms of terrorism and violent extremism.

Mr Feakes is a career diplomat with extensive counter‑terrorism experience. He most recently served as Commonwealth Deputy Counter-Terrorism Coordinator within the Department of Home Affairs. His previous diplomatic roles include Australian Ambassador to Afghanistan and postings to Iraq and Papua New Guinea.

I thank the former Ambassador, Major General (Rtd) Roger Noble AO DSC CSC, for his contribution to increasing Australia’s standing as a partner of choice on counter-terrorism throughout his tenure.

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