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Ms Katherine Vickers

Minister Counsellor (Education and Research) 


Ms Katherine Vickers was appointed to the position of Minister Counsellor (Education and Research) in the Australian Embassy – China in April 2015.

Prior to taking up her posting, Ms Vickers was Director of the Strategic Policy Unit within the Department of Education and Training’s International Group, where she supported the development of the Draft National Strategy for International Education and the establishment of the Council for International Education.

Ms Vickers has led the Department of Education and Training’s government-to-government engagement with China since 2010, during which time she has overseen the implementation of the Australia China Science and Research Fund, as well as the Government’s support for a number of student mobility and institutional partnership initiatives in China. 

Prior to her public service career, Ms Vickers worked as a senior lecturer and course convenor in the field of media and film theory at the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Flinders University of South Australia. 

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours 1st Class) from the Flinders University of South Australia.


Contact details:
Phone: +86 10 5140 4241
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Australian Embassy
21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
Beijing 100600

Katherine Vickers Minister Counsellor Beijing

​Mr Jarrod Ross

First Secretary (Education & Research)


Jarrod Ross was appointed to the position of First Secretary (Education and Research) at the Australian Embassy in Beijing in March 2018.
Jarrod has undertaken a variety of education policy roles over the last 10 years primarily within the Department of Education and Training.

Immediately prior to taking up his posting, Jarrod was Assistant Director of the Strategic Projects Team in Schools Reform Branch where he supported the Australian Government’s Quality Schools package. In particular, Jarrod played a significant role in the development of major amendments to the legislative framework for Commonwealth school funding.
In 2015 and 2016 Jarrod supported the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. During this time, he led the Learning Areas Support team in the development and implementation of a suite of digital literacy and STEM initiatives targeting teachers and school aged children, based around the Australian Curriculum.
Jarrod holds a Bachelor of Business (Management) from Western Sydney University.

Contact details:
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