James Gilling joined AusAID in 2001. He was most recently the First Assistant Director General of the Policy and Sector Division. In this role he was responsible for sectoral policy advice across the Agency, including: mining for development, private sector development, rural development, gender equality, governance, environment, climate change, infrastructure, health and education.
Prior to this, Mr Gilling was the First Assistant Director General Pacific Division. From 2008 to 2010, he headed the Indonesia and East Timor branch. Before this, he was the principal adviser on aid effectiveness with the Office of Development Effectiveness. Mr Gilling has worked with Oxford Policy Management in the UK as a consultant economist, and with DFID as a rural development adviser. He worked with the PNG Department of Agriculture and Livestock as an ODI fellow in the 1980s.