Mr Bruce Gosper was appointed Deputy Secretary in February 2009.
Most recently, Mr Gosper was Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, a position he had held since August 2005. He was also Chair of the WTO General Council in 2008–09 and Chair of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body in 2007–08.
From 2000–2005, Mr Gosper was First Assistant Secretary, Office of Trade Negotiations, in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra. Prior to that, he served as Minister (Commercial) at the Australian Embassy in Washington (1998–2000). Mr Gosper was also an Adviser to the Minister for Trade (1996–1998), and Assistant Secretary, Agriculture Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra (1995).
Before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Gosper worked for the Department of Primary Industries and Energy, and served overseas as Minister-Counsellor (Agriculture) at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo (1989–1992). Mr Gosper has also worked for the Department of Trade and Resources (1980–1987).
Mr Gosper was born in Parramatta in 1957. He is a graduate of Macquarie University and the University of New England. He is married and has three sons.