Nick Minchin is the Australian Consul-General in New York and was appointed to this position in 2014.
Prior to this, he held a number of high profile roles in the Australian Government:
- Staff member for the Liberal Party's Federal Secretariat 1977–83, Deputy Federal Director of the Liberal Party in 1983, South Australian State Director and Campaign Director of the Liberal Party 1985–93.
- Elected to the Australian Senate for South Australia in 1993.
- Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry 1994–96, holding the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, John Howard.
- Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister John Howard 1996–97, Special Minister of State and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister 1997–98, and Minister for Industry, Science and Resources 1998–2001, with a seat in the Cabinet.
- Minister for Finance and Administration from November 2001 until the defeat of the Howard government at the 2007 federal election.
- He also held the posts of Leader of the Government in the Senate and Vice-President of the Executive Council.
He was inducted to the University's College of Business and Economics Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2008.