Australian Embassy
The Netherlands

The Ambassador

Australia's Head of Mission to the Netherlands


Ms Julie Heckscher is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

Prior to taking up her most recent overseas postings in London and now as Acting Head of Mission in The Hague, Ms Heckscher headed the Southeast Asia Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, with responsibility for Australia’s bilateral relationships with the ten ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) and Timor-Leste. 

Ms Heckscher has previously served as the Department’s Corporate Counsel and on the Department’s Audit and Risk Committee and Aid Governance Board, headed the Americas Division and occupied other legal roles within the Department. Overseas, Ms Heckscher has served in senior positions at Australian diplomatic missions in London, Singapore, Ottawa and Moscow. Before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ms Heckscher was a commercial lawyer in private practice.

Ms Heckscher holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Law (with Honours) from the University of Tasmania, a Master’s Degree in International Relations and an Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Monash University.