Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey and Mrs de Jersey, His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex and Queensland Agent-General Linda Apelt meet in London for Centenary of Armistice commemorations in October 2018.
Queensland has a long and rich relationship with the UK, built on a history of migration, trade, investment and long-established cultural ties. Queensland has been represented in the UK by an Agent-General since the 1860s, with the role originally focusing on migration.
Today, the Agent-General promotes Queensland trade, investment and tourism in the UK and throughout Europe.
Based in London, the Agent-General also liaises with various Commonwealth bodies and the UK’s royal households to maintain positive relations between Queensland and the Commonwealth. The role has an important ceremonial function, representing the State of Queensland at key occasions such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day gatherings, ambassador briefings, and relevant cultural events.
The Agent-General is appointed under the Agent-General for Queensland Act 1975, and reports regularly to the Governor in Council. Queensland’s current Agent-General is Ms Linda Apelt, who was appointed to the role on 20 July 2017 for a contract end date of July 2020.
The Agent-General also holds the role of Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Europe, and is part of TIQ’s international network of offices, promoting Queensland trade and investment to the world.