Mr Matt Anderson PSM
Mr Anderson is a senior career diplomat, having joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a graduate in 1995.
Matt is currently Deputy High Commissioner in London, a position he has held since December 2016. His responsibilities include serving as Australia’s alternate on the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Board of Trustees of the Imperial War Museum.
Prior to his posting to the United Kingdom, Mr Anderson served as Australia’s Ambassador to Afghanistan (2015-16). Matt has also served as Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s MH17 Task Force following the tragic downing of the aircraft in Ukrainian airspace in July 2014 with the loss of 298 passengers and crew that included 38 Australians.
Matt served as High Commissioner to Solomon Islands from June 2011-December 2013, High Commissioner to Samoa (2007-11) and was Spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2005-06). His other overseas assignments have been as Counsellor (Political), Port Moresby (2003-05), Chief Negotiator of the four-nation Peace Monitoring Group on Bougainville (2001 and January 2002), International Election Monitor in Cambodia (1998) and Third (later Second) Secretary, Cape Town (1997-00).
Born in Victoria in 1966, Mr Anderson was educated at the Royal Military College, Duntroon (graduated in 1988), and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Studies from Deakin University (1994) and a Master of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University (1998). He is a graduate of the RAAF School of Languages in Khmer and also speaks Tok Pisin and Pijin. Mr Anderson completed the Executive Leadership Program at Said Business School, Oxford University in 2014.
Mr Anderson is married to Lou and is the proud father of Meg (18), Kate (17) and Harry (12). In addition to his family, Mr Anderson’s interests include aviation, military history, photography and the Collingwood Football Club. He is author of two books on Australia’s involvement in the First World War (A is for ANZACs and Don’t Forget Me, Cobber!). His third book, K is for Kokoda, Australia’s involvement in the Second World War was published by the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee in 2010.
Mr Anderson was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in the 2011 Australia Day Honours List for his role leading the Australian humanitarian and consular response to the 2009 earthquake and tsunami in Samoa.