His Excellency Mr Peter Tesch
Mr Tesch is a senior career officer in the Australian diplomatic service. Prior to becoming Australia's Ambassador to Russia, he held several executive positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and worked in the Office of the Minister for Trade, Parliament House (1993 - 94).
Mr Tesch was most recently First Assistant Secretary of the International Security Division at DFAT, a position he held from January 2014 until December 2015.
He has previously served overseas as Australia's Ambassador to Germany (2009-2013); Commissioner-General for the Shanghai 2010 World Expo (2008-2009); Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York (2002-2005); Deputy Commissioner-General at the Expo 2000, Hanover (1999-2000); Ambassador to Kazakhstan (1997-1999); and Third Secretary, Moscow (1989-1991).
Mr Tesch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours from the University of Queensland. He speaks German and Russian.
Mr Tesch's appointment was announced in November 2015, and he succeeds H.E. Mr Paul Myler who concluded his ambassadorial assignment in December 2015.
The Political Section, headed by our Deputy Head of Mission is tasked with advancing Australia's bilateral relationship and cooperation with our many countries of responsibility.
The Consular Section, headed by our Consul (who is also the Senior Administrative Officer), is responsible for looking after the affairs of Australians in Russia and our countries of accreditation, by providing an efficient and cost-effective support service, in line with Australia's Consular Services Charter.
The Immigration Section (also known as the Visa Section), headed by our Primary Migration Officer, is responsible for managing Australia's migration program and the movement of people and goods across our borders. It does so by processing temporary visas, permanent migration, and Australian citizenship for applicants from the region.
Headed by our Senior Trade Commissioner, Austrade is responsible for establishing and maintaining business and investment links between Australia and the region. This includes identifying opportunities in markets for Australian exporters, conducting market research and introducing potential business partners, along with assisting investors to pursue investment options in Australia. Austrade also markets Australian industry, product and service capabilities to business connections in the region. This includes being responsible for promoting Australian education (in collaboration with Australian education providers and local education agents) and providing prospective students from Russia and the CIS with the latest information about studying and living in Australia.