Paul has worked for 25 years in the Commonwealth Public Service. He has significant experience in international negotiation and policy relating to defence, international trade, climate change and foreign relations.

As a representative for international trade Paul focused on bilateral negotiations for businesses that would benefit from government support, increasing the chance of success in otherwise unattainable markets.

Paul has been an executive director of the Business Council of Australia, a body which consists of the Chief Executive Officers of approximately 90 of the 100 largest companies in Australia. He is director of Australia 21 Limited, a non-profit research organisation focusing on complex problems that could be of strategic importance to Australia in the 21st century.

Career History

Awards & Qualifications:

  • Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to public administration, public policy development, business and international trade (AO)
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow of the Corporate Directors’ Associatio
  • Adjunct Professor, the University of New England
  • Distinguished Alumni award from the University of New England
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A), Asian Civilizations and Economics, Australian National University
  • Intensive course, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), Physics, University of New England

Career History:

  • Director and Principal of aadi Defence Pty Ltd
  • Chairman, Australia 21 Limited
  • Deputy Chairman, Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures
  • Director, UNE Foundation
  • Secretary, Department of Defence, Australian Government
  • Secretary, Department of Primary Industries and Energy, Australian Government
  • Executive Director, Business Council of Australia
  • Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government
  • Special Advisor, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Special Trade Representative for North Asia

Paul Barratt was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to public administration, public policy development, business and international trade.

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Some Projects of Paul Barratt AO

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