Today I announce the appointment of Ms Claire Scott as Australia’s first resident Consul-General in Papeete.
Australia’s strong friendship with French Polynesia is a reflection of French Polynesia’s important place in our Pacific family and our people to people links.
French Polynesia makes a valuable contribution to the region, including in environmental protection, promoting gender equality, support for the Pacific Humanitarian Pathway and the region’s health response to COVID-19.
Through the new Consulate-General, we look forward to deepening our economic partnership and further strengthening the bonds of friendship between the people and governments of Australia and French Polynesia into the future.
Australia also looks forward to working with the French authorities based in French Polynesia to strengthen our collaboration in areas such as maritime security and disaster response.
Ms Scott is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently First Secretary, Australian Embassy, Jakarta. She has previously served overseas in Fiji and in various positions in Canberra.
Ms Scott holds a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of New South Wales.
I thank Australia’s Consul-General in Noumea Alison Carrington for her contributions to advancing Australia’s interests since 2019.