The Hon Craig Knowles
Consul-General and Senior Trade Commissioner


The Hon Craig Knowles AM joined Austrade in July 2018 as Senior Trade Commissioner Auckland with responsibility for Austrade operations in New Zealand, PNG, and Pacific Islands. Mr Knowles also holds the position of Consul General of Australia to Auckland.

Prior to joining Austrade, his statutory appointments included Chair, Murray Darling Basin Authority and Member, Central Sydney Planning Committee. He is the current Independent Chair of the NSW Government’s Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR).

Commercial roles include Independent Chair, Prospect Water Partnership (Suez Environment Pty Ltd and UniSuper Ltd); Director, Tulich Family Communities Aged Care; and Director, South Western Sydney Primary Health Network. He was formerly Member, Advisory Board, Built Holdings Pty Ltd; and Member, Chifley Associates (corporate advisory).

Historically, Mr Knowles was a Member of NSW Parliament 1990 – 2005 representing the electorates of Macquarie Fields and Moorebank. As a senior Minister he held portfolios including Health; Planning and Housing; Sydney and Hunter Water Corporations and NSW Land Commission; Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources; and Forests and Lands. He was also the Mayor of Liverpool City Council.

Mr Knowles has held a range of roles with charitable and not-for-profit organisations, including: Director, Black Dog Institute (since 2006); Director, Children’s Medical Research Institute (since 2007); President, Planning Research Centre, University of Sydney (since 2006).

In his role as Chairman of the Murray Darling Basin Authority, Mr Knowles represented Australia at the 2014 United Nations General Assembly Forum on Water and Energy as part of the UN mission to develop Sustainable Development Goals in the context of global climate change.

In 2015, Mr Knowles was awarded The Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to local government, to the Parliament of NSW, and to the community through a range of health initiatives”.

Mr. Knowles is a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and a Certified Practicing Valuer.