Mr McDonald is the inaugural Head of the Office of the Pacific within DFAT.
Prior to his appointment, Mr McDonald was Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand, with accreditation to the Cook Islands and Niue.
Mr McDonald served as a Deputy Secretary in DFAT from 2013 where he was responsible for development, humanitarian and multilateral policy and strategy.
Prior to joining DFAT, Mr McDonald was Deputy Director General at AusAID and Deputy Secretary in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace relations. Mr McDonald's career has spanned a variety of portfolios in commonwealth and state government covering central agencies and social policy.
Mr McDonald has had a long interest in supporting indigenous staff, as an Indigenous Champion in DFAT and AusAID. Mr McDonald has been a White Ribbon Ambassador since 2011.
Mr McDonald holds a Bachelor of Business.