Justin Hayhurst is a career public servant with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has been Deputy Head of Mission in Beijing since December 2012.
Mr Hayhurst has previously served overseas as Third, later Second Secretary Manila (2001-04).
Prior to taking up his current position in Beijing, Mr Hayhurst was Assistant Secretary, Africa Branch. He has also served as the DLO, later Adviser in the Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs (2007-09) and as a Senior Analyst in the Office of National Assessments (2004-2007). He speaks Mandarin, French, Tagalog and Spanish.
Mr Hayhurst holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University. He is married with two children.