Mr Bill Farmer AO

Bill Farmer

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Ambassador to Indonesia


Mr Farmer is a career public servant. He joined the Australian Foreign Service in 1969, having graduated from the University of Sydney (Bachelor of Arts with Honours) and the London School of Economics (Master of Science in Economics).

He served in the Australian diplomatic missions in Cairo 1969-71 and London 1972-75, and as Deputy High Commissioner in Fiji from 1979 to 1982.

From 1984 to 1987 he was Minister in the Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York (from 1985 to 1986, Deputy Representative of Australia on the Security Council).

He was Ambassador to Mexico, the Central American republics and Cuba from 1987 to 1989. From 1993 to 1995, he was High Commissioner for Australia in Papua New Guinea, and in 1996-97 was High Commissioner in Malaysia.

Mr Farmer has also had extensive service in the Canberra headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, most recently, in 1997-98, as Deputy Secretary of the Department.

Mr Farmer served from February 1998 as Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs. From 30 January 2001, he served concurrently as Secretary of the Department of Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. He was Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs from December 2001 to July 2005.

Mr Farmer has been Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia since November 2005.

Mr Farmer was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 and was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2005.