Australian High Commission
United Kingdom
High Commission address: Australia House, Strand, London WC2B 4LA

Mr John Dauth AO LVO

High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

Mr John Dauth took up the appointment of High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in September 2008. He was previously High Commissioner to New Zealand (2006 – 08). Prior to this he was Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2001 – 06) and Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (1998 – 2001).

Mr Dauth has served in a number of positions overseas including as High Commissioner to Malaysia (1993 – 96), Consul-General, Australian Consulate-General, Noumea (1986 – 87), Charge d'Affaires, Australian Embassy, Tehran (1983 – 85), First Secretary, Australian Embassy, Islamabad (1974 – 76) and Third (later Second) Secretary, Australian Embassy, Lagos (1970 – 72). From 1977 – 1980, Mr Dauth worked on secondment to Buckingham Palace as Assistant Press Secretary to the Queen and Press Secretary to the Prince of Wales.

Mr Dauth has also held a number of positions in Canberra, including First Assistant Secretary, South and South-East Asia Division (1996 – 98), First Assistant Secretary, International Security Division (1991 – 93), Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs (1989 – 91), Assistant Secretary, Public Affairs Branch (1987 – 89), and Head, Commonwealth and Multilateral Organisations Section (1980 – 82). He joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1969.

Mr Dauth was born in 1947. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney.   In 2011 Mr Dauth was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day Honours List.