Mr Batley was appointed a Deputy Secretary in November 2013 following the integration of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). He joined AusAID as Deputy Director General in 2011.
Prior to joining AusAID, Mr Batley was a senior career officer within the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio. Mr Batley served as Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji (2007 – 2009), was the Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) from 2004 to 2006, and was appointed Australia's first Ambassador to East Timor at independence in May 2002. Between 1997 and 1999 he was Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, concurrently serving terms in 1997 as Deputy Leader of the regional Truce Monitoring Group (TMG) in Bougainville and in 1998 as Chief Negotiator of the TMG's successor, the Peace Monitoring Group.
He joined the then Department of Foreign Affairs in 1984 and early in his career served in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
Mr Batley was born in Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University.
He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2002.