Welcome to the Australian Embassy Ireland
The Embassy’s role is to promote Australia’s interests in Ireland, and build on the extremely warm, friendly and productive relationship between our countries.
We also provide consular help and advice to Australians in Ireland, pass on news on upcoming events in Australia and in Ireland, and issue over 1000 Australian passports annually.
We are continually looking to update our website to make it more accessible, and to highlight the huge range of activities that go on between our two countries all the time – whether visits at the top of government, the growing number of business dealings, or sporting, cultural and educational exchanges. We are a small team, and can’t get to everything, but we want to support as much of this activity as possible.
So if you know of anything that’s about to happen in Ireland that is related to Australia – or if you’d just like to give us some feedback on how we’re doing – don’t hesitate to drop us a line on a[email protected]
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The Australian Ambassador to Ireland
Gary Gray is Ambassador to Ireland, taking up his position in August 2020.
Gary was born in Yorkshire UK and emigrated with his family to Whyalla, South Australia in 1966. Gary was dux of Whyalla High School, studied economics at the Australian National University in Canberra and until recently lived in Perth with his three sons.
Gary’s partner, Philippa McIntosh (Pippa) has distant Irish connections in Cork. Gary’s wife Deborah who died of cancer had extensive Irish connections in Carrick and Clonmel as well as counties, Tipperary, Cork and Limerick.
Gary has a public policy and political background. He worked successfully with the Hawke Government before being appointed General Secretary of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) during Paul Keating’s Prime Ministership in the 1990s. During this time Gary established a strong reputation for delivering strategic outcomes in campaigns, organisation, media management, communications, brand and logistics management. Gary led and successfully delivered community building campaigns for the party. He put in place strong and enduring affirmative action requirements for public office holders and modernised many Labor party processes. He led the ALP’s international engagement strategy across several countries including South Africa, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Fiji.
In 2001 Gary was awarded the Centenary Medal and was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2003 by Prime Minister John Howard that citation reflects Gary’s integrity in public life and support for affirmative action.
Gary’s business background includes a period as Executive Director at the West Australian Institute of Medical Research and years as a Senior Executive of Australia's largest oil and gas company, Woodside Energy, which he represented before Governments and customers on four continents over seven years until 2007. During his time at Woodside Energy, the company was seen as a leader in project development, international market expansion and as a reliable source of advice to Government.
During his Parliamentary career from 2007 to 2016 Gary always served in front bench roles including Minister for the; Public Service; Integrity; Tourism; Small Business and Resources and Energy. Gary's interests include; tourism, mining, resources industry history, policy, social inclusion, defence matters, public administration and his hobby is astronomy.
Gary was a board member of the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) and remains as a member of the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA). Prior to his Ambassadorial appointment by Prime Minister Morrison, Gary was also a Senior Executive at Mineral Resources Ltd in Perth where Gary took the lead on essential relationships with Government, communities, other businesses and regulators, driving relationships and approvals in lithium mining and processing, iron ore mining and associated logistics.
In March of 2020 Gary was instrumental in establishing PCR COVID-19 screening of mining workers to keep the Western Australian mining industry working and safe from COVID-19.
Until recently Gary was a Management Committee Member of the Perth Astronomical Observatory and was a trustee of the largest charity in Australia, Telethon. He stepped down from both of these roles and as a board member of ASC to accommodate his recent diplomatic appointment.
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