Mr Doug Trappett

Doug Trappett


Mr Doug Trappett is the Official Secretary to the Governor of Victoria, having commenced in the role in April 2016. The Official Secretary supports the Governor in all her duties and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Office of the Governor.


Mr Trappett brings a wealth of leadership and experience to the position, having worked in diplomatic roles and international policy for over 25 years.


During 2014 and until his arrival at Government House, Mr Trappett served as Australia’s Ambassador to Ukraine and was responsible for the establishment of the first ever Australian embassy in Kyiv.


From 2012 – 2013, Mr Trappett was Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Rome, which included a five month period as Chargé d’Affaires. Mr Trappett was also deployed to Ukraine during this period to assist in managing Australia’s response to the shooting down of flight MH17.


Mr Trappett served as Australia’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar from 2009 ‑ 2011. His other diplomatic postings have been in Myanmar, where he worked as Deputy Head of Mission from 2003 – 2006 and Samoa (1997 – 2000). Within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, Mr Trappett served as Director, Thailand and Phillipines and Director, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar (2006 – 2009) and has also worked extensively on Australia’s relationships with Japan and the South Pacific.


From 1990 – 1994, Mr Trappett was employed within the Australian Department of Defence. Mr Trappett holds a BA (Hons) from the Flinders University of South Australia (during which he also studied at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia) and a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from the Australian National University.


Mr Trappett is married and has one child.