Our agriculture counsellors

We have a network of agriculture counsellors based around the world in key trade locations. They promote Australia’s agricultural interests, and help our agricultural sector grow.

Our agriculture counsellors work with our biosecurity, exports and trade and market access teams. Together, they improve and maintain market access for Australian agricultural exports.


  • explore and develop new market openings for Australian farmers and exporters
  • maintain existing market access
  • improve technical market access
  • provide market intelligence
  • manage sensitive policy issues
  • represent Australia at meetings and negotiations
  • resolve issues when Australian agricultural goods arrive at their foreign destination.

Overseas Network Review

In 2020, an Overseas Network review was undertaken to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the network and make recommendations on how to optimise its effectiveness with regards to future roles, locations and the levels of Counsellor Network positions.

The findings of this review can be found below.


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Find out more about what our agriculture counsellors do.

Counsellor transcript DOCX [21 KB, 1 page]

Where are they?

We base them in key trade markets for Australia. This includes Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. In some cases they have a broader regional coverage beyond the countries in which they are based.

Word map indicating locations of Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment overseas staff. 

Country of Location Officer Name Officer Position Email
Belgium Jo Grainger Minister Counsellor Joanna.grainger@dfat.gov.au
Belgium Erin Tomkinson Counsellor Erin.tomkinson@dfat.gov.au
Chile Ian Mortimer Counsellor ian.mortimer@dfat.gov.au
China Dean Merrilees Minister Counsellor dean.merrilees@dfat.gov.au
China Duncan Craig Counsellor duncan.craig@dfat.gov.au
England Kieran Macdonell Counsellor kieran.macdonell@dfat.gov.au
India John Southwell Counsellor john.southwell@dfat.gov.au
Indonesia George Hughes Counsellor george.hughes@dfat.gov.au
Italy Lynda Hayden Counsellor Lynda.Hayden@dfat.gov.au
Japan Thomas Krijnen Counsellor thomas.krijnen@dfat.gov.au
Japan Thomas Parnell Counsellor Thomas.parnell@dfat.gov.au
Malaysia Sanjay Boothalingam Counsellor sanjay.boothalingam@dfat.gov.au
Mexico Kate Makin Counsellor kate.makin@dfat.gov.au
South Korea Emma Hatcher Counsellor Emma.Hatcher@dfat.gov.au
Thailand Amber Parr Counsellor Amber.Parr@dfat.gov.au
UAE David Kim Counsellor david.kim@dfat.gov.au
USA Cameron Hutchison Minister Counsellor Cameron.Hutchison@dfat.gov.au
USA Jesse Mahoney Counsellor Jesse.mahoney@dfat.gov.au
Vietnam Tony Harman Counsellor Tony.Harman@dfat.gov.au
Last reviewed: 11 August 2021
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