Mr Smith is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has previously served as Ambassador to the Philippines; Counsellor at the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York; and as First Secretary in Seoul.
Before taking on his current role as First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Management Division, Mr Smith was head of the South-East Asia Division. He has also been head of the Consular, Public Diplomacy and Parliamentary Affairs Division; and Assistant Secretary of the Consular and the International Organisations Branches.
Mr Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University. He was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in January 2007.