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Diplomat Courses

Diplomats, also known as Public Diplomacy Officers, work for the Australian government and are responsible for advancing Australian interests overseas. They develop and maintain relationships with foreign government officials, community organisations, and private sector stakeholders, as well as help Australians who are travelling overseas.

As a diplomat you could be preparing and reviewing a press release about an Australian initiative in a regional area, running a social media campaign to promote Australia overseas, consulting with Embassy officials about a trade initiative, or providing advice to Australian officials about trade and development policy.

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Popular Diplomat Courses

There are 44 courses available for people who want to become a Diplomat. These are the top 5 most popular courses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Diplomats earn?

Diplomats generally command high salaries and you can expect to earn a 6-figure salary, upwards of $140,000 per annum. There are usually a lot of perks for diplomats stationed abroad, including personal drivers, accommodation, living allowances, education costs for your kids, and more.

What are the job opportunities for Diplomats?

This is highly specialised field, so there are no clear employment figures for this occupation. Australian Diplomats are employed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

How do I become a Diplomat?

Diplomats have post-graduate qualifications plus outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. They are usually multilingual and fluent in at least one language other than English.

There is no direct career pathway for diplomats, so choose degrees and graduate studies that will be useful across countries and culture: laws, political science, international relations, economics, commerce etc. You may also benefit from supporting qualifications in public relations, marketing, foreign languages, and philosophy.

Once you have your degrees, look at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) graduate program.

Source: Australian Government Labour Market Insights 2023

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