Log In

Peter Stephen Wilenski Edit Profile

diplomat , civil servant

Peter Stephen Wilenski, Australian diplomat, civil servant. Registered medical practitioner, Australia, United Kingdom. Decorated Order of Australia, 1987.


Wilenski, Peter Stephen was born on May 10, 1939 in Lodz, Poland. Son of John and Halina (Glass) Wilenski.


Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Sydney University, Australia, 1962. Master of Arts, Oxford University, England, 1967. Master of Arts in International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 1969.

Master of Public Administration, Harvard University, 1970. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Macquarie University.


Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Australia, New York, Permanent Mission of Australia since 1988. Secretary, Department of Transport & Communications, Australia, 1987-1988. Chairman, Public Service Board, Australia, 1983-1987.

Secretary, Department of Education & Youth, 1983. Professor of Pol Science, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University, 1981-1983. Professor, Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales, 1977-1981.

Commissioner, Review of NSW Government Administration, 1977-1982. Consultant to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Youth Unemployment, 1982. Secretary, Australian Department of Labor & Immigration, 1975.

Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister & Minister for Foreign Affairs, Head of Prime Minister Office(s), 1972-1974. Section Head, Overseas Economic Conditions, Aid & Development, The Treasurer, Canberra, 1972. Foreign Affairs Officer, Aid Policy Section, Department of Foreign Affairs, 1970-1971.

Second Secretary, Australian High Commission, Ottawa, 1968-1969. Second Secretary, Australian Embassy, Saigon, 1967-1968. External Affairs Officer, Canberra, 1967.


  • Registered medical practitioner, Australia, United Kingdom.


President National Union Australian University Students, 1962-1933, Abortion Law Reform Association, Australian Capital Territory, 1970-1972, Interim Council Chifley University, Sydney, 1986-1988. Fellow Sydney University Senate, 1963-1964, 75-89. Fellow Royal Australian Institute Public Administrn.

(councillor 1977-1989), Royal Australian College Medical Administrs. (honorary); member Australian Institute Political Science (director 1977-1983), Australian Institute International Affairs, Economic Society, National Press Club.


  • Other Interests

    Public policy; administrative reform. Economic development. University administration.

    Theatre; modern art; reading. Tennis; running.


Married Gail Radford, 1967 (divorced 1981). Married Jill Hager.

John Wilenski

Halina (Glass) Wilenski

Gail Radford

Jill Hager.