Assistant Secretary, China Economic and Engagement Branch
North Asia Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Mr Magee is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is currently Assistant Secretary, China Economic and Engagement Branch. He is also head of the Taskforce responsible for implementing the new National Foundation for Australia-China Relations.
Overseas, Mr Magee has served as Chargé d’Affaires in Moscow (2016), as the Australian Representative in Taipei (2011-14), as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2008-11), as Consul-General in Guangzhou (2003-06), Deputy Head of Mission in Moscow (2001-03), First Secretary in Singapore (1994-97) and Third Secretary in Beijing (1990-92). He was also a United Nations Disarmament Fellow based in Geneva and New York and joined the 47th Australian Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in October 1992.
In Canberra, Mr Magee has also held the positions of Assistant Secretary, Latin America and Eastern Europe Branch (2018-19), Assistant Secretary, Northern, Southern & Eastern Europe Branch (2014-18), Director, China Political and External Section (2007), Director, China Economic and Trade Section (2001), and Director, China Bilateral Relations Section (2000). Mr Magee also worked with the Victorian State Government in a senior advisory capacity from 1997 to 1999. Educated at Monash University, Mr Magee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours and a Bachelor of Laws degree. Mr Magee speaks Chinese, French and some Russian and German.