Paul Grigson commenced in the role of Deputy Secretary Infrastructure, Transport Security and Customs Group on 19 February 2018. He is also the Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs. Mr Grigson joined the Department’s Portfolio leadership team from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where he was Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia from January 2015.
He was a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Department in September 2010. In 2014 he was Australia’s Special Representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Before this he was Ambassador to Thailand (2008-2010). He has also served overseas as Ambassador to Burma (Myanmar) (2003-2004); Chief Negotiator of the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville (2000); and Counsellor later Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh (1993-1995).
From 2007 to 2008, Mr Grigson served as Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Other roles with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade include First Assistant Secretary, South East Asia Division (2004 2007); Assistant Secretary, Maritime South-East Asia Branch (2000-2003); Director, Parliamentary Liaison and Freedom of Information Section (1992-1993); Adviser, Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs (1992); and Media Liaison Officer (1991-1992). Mr Grigson also served as Senior Adviser, International Division in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (1997-2000).
Mr Grigson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Journalism from the University of Queensland, a Bachelor of Letters from the Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia. He is married with two children. He speaks French.