Justin Hayhurst has been Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy, Beijing, since December 2012.
Prior to commencing Chinese language training, Mr Hayhurst was Assistant Secretary, Africa Branch, at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
From 2007-2009 he served as Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Previously, he has worked on Afghanistan, Pakistan and Southeast Asian issues at DFAT. He was also Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy, Manila, from 2001 to 2004.
From 2004 to 2007 he was a Senior Analyst at the Office of National Assessments.
Mr Hayhurst has a First Class Honours Degree in History from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University.
He speaks Chinese.