Australia announces Jermy Bruer new High Commissioner in Bangladesh
The following is the full and unedited text of a media release which was received here Tuesday from Australian Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women:
“Today I announce the appointment of Mr Jeremy Bruer as Australia’s next High Commissioner to
Bangladesh. Mr Bruer will arrive in Bangladesh in mid-January.
Australia and Bangladesh enjoy a warm and constructive relationship, founded on our strong
community links, shared Commonwealth values and sporting ties.
Australia was one of the first nations to recognise Bangladesh’s independence in 1971. Since that
time, we have established a strong and growing economic relationship with two-way trade now
valued at $2.4 billion annually.
Australia is working closely with Bangladesh on Indian Ocean regional issues, including
providing humanitarian support to address the Rohingya Crisis, and strengthening further our
education, trade and investment linkages.
Mr Bruer is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is
currently Assistant Secretary, Southeast Asia Maritime Branch. He has previously served
overseas as Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates; High Commissioner to Vanuatu; Deputy
Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Riyadh; and Second Secretary, Australian High
Commission, Port Moresby.
In Canberra he has served with DFAT as Assistant Secretary, Papua New Guinea and Fiji
Branch; Director, Iraq Rehabilitation Unit, Iraq Task Force; Executive Officer, International
Organisations Branch; and Executive Officer, Pacific Islands Branch.
Mr Bruer holds a Master of Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts from
the University of Adelaide.
I thank outgoing High Commissioner Julia Niblett for her contributions to advancing Australia’s
interests in Bangladesh since 2016.