Mark Fraser (secretary)

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Mark Fraser

Mark Fraser official photo.jpg
Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia
In office
27 June 2014 – 18 August 2018
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralSir Peter Cosgrove
Preceded byStephen Brady
Succeeded byPaul Singer
Personal details
Born (1975-03-06) 6 March 1975 (age 44)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Alma materMonash University
Bond University

Mark Thomas Fraser AO, CVO (born 6 March 1975) is an Australian public servant and diplomat. He was the Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia, General Sir Peter Cosgrove, from June 2014 to August 2018.

Early life[edit]

Fraser was born in Hobart, Tasmania in 1975.[1]

Fraser was educated at Bond University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in international relations, journalism and public relations in 1994. He graduated with a Masters in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University in 2001.[2]

Career[edit]

Fraser has served in several senior diplomatic positions, including as Consul-General in the Netherlands (2004–2007) and Consul in Turkey (1998–2001).[2]

On 17 October 2003, Fraser was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his efforts following the Bali bombings of October 2002, in providing assistance to the victims and their families.[3] He was further honoured with appointment as a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in January 2014, for his services as Deputy Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia since 2009.[4]

Fraser was appointed Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia on 27 June 2014, succeeding Stephen Brady.[2] He left the post in August 2018, and for his services was advanced to Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2019 New Year Honours.[5]

Fraser was advanced to an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) as part of the 2019 Australia Day Honours for "distinguished service to the Crown as Official Secretary to the Governor-General, and to international relations."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who's Who in Australia. ConnectWeb. 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Governor-General appoints new Official Secretary
  3. ^ Medal of the Order of Australia
  4. ^ The Royal Victorian Order – Lieutenant
  5. ^ "No. 62507". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2018. p. N4.
  6. ^ Order of Australia – Officer
Government offices
Preceded by
Stephen Brady
Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia
2014–2018
Succeeded by
Paul Singer