Former treasurer Joe Hockey will be named Australia’s ambassador to the United States on Tuesday.
Mr Hockey retired from parliament in September and a by-election was held in his seat of North Sydney at the weekend.
AAP understands the appointment will be announced via a media statement on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the ABC’s 730 program on Monday he would not comment on the appointment.
‘Joe is a great Australian and I look forward to him serving Australia in other capacities,’ Mr Turnbull said.
‘Any announcements will be made in a more formal and appropriate manner.’
The current ambassador, former Labor leader Kim Beazley, starts a new role with the Australian Institute of International Affairs in January.