Mr Michael Potts
High Commissioner to New Zealand
Michael Potts is Australia's High Commissioner to New Zealand, with concurrent accreditation to the Cook Islands. Mr Potts succeeded Mr Paul O'Sullivan AO, who has been High Commissioner since 2009.
Mr Potts is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Prior to this position Mr Potts was Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative, Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN), Vienna, a position he held since August 2009.
He has previously served as Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues, Assistant Secretary Trade Policy and Industrials Branch, Trade Negotiations Division and Assistant Secretary, ASEAN Bilateral Branch.
He also held the position of First Assistant Secretary, International Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Mr Potts was High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Ambassador to Vietnam and Counsellor, Australian Mission to the UN in New York. He has also been posted to Dar es Salaam, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Zambia and Spain.