Craig Chittick has been the Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues since May 2012.
Prior to this appointment, Mr Chittick was Australia's lead investment and services negotiator on the Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
Mr Chittick's career has focused on the development of Australia's foreign, national security and trade policies in South-East Asia. He has served overseas as Deputy High Commissioner to Malaysia (2008-2011) and First Secretary and later Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta (2000-2003). In Canberra, he has worked as Assistant Secretary, United States Branch; Director, Staffing Operations Section and Director, Indonesia Section.
Mr Chittick holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Arts in international relations from the Australian National University. He speaks Indonesian.
He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on 17 October 2003 for his role in Bali in the aftermath of the 2002 bombings. He is married with three children.