My experience as an intern in the Australian Embassy in Japan has been everything I hoped it would be – and more! My understanding of international affairs and Japanese has increased and I have grown and developed as a person.

Being provided with the opportunity to live, study and work in Tokyo while on a New Colombo Plan scholarship has also been phenomenal. Whilst Tokyo is a busy, densely populated city, it never ceases to amaze me there is always green space, festivals to attend, and places to relax.  Life is never boring.

DFAT has been on quite a journey over the past 20 years. We now have a growing cadre of highly skilled and motivated Indigenous officers who are advancing Australia’s national interests at home and abroad.

Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Harinder Sidhu on how it can be very busy and challenging being an Ambassador. But it is always rewarding.

As Australia’s Ambassadors converge on Canberra for the very first Global Heads of Mission Meeting or GHOMM, we are poised to make a meaningful contribution to Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper.

Overall, it is a privilege to serve Australia abroad. There is never a day that I don’t marvel at the extraordinary role as well as the responsibilities I have been given. This spurs me to work hard and smart to make Australia proud.

In a few days, I will be joining over 100 of Australia’s Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls-General in Canberra for DFAT’s Global Heads of Mission Meeting – where my fellow Ambassadors and I have been tasked to think about how to best position our country in an increasingly uncertain and fractious world.

As I arrive at the High Commission, which consists of 27 people, I greet Australians, Tongans and other nationalities. Together we seek to achieve a healthier and prosperous future for Tonga and maintain the strong relationship between our two countries.