Embassy of Australia
United States of America

The Embassy of Australia will be closed on Monday 29 May in observance of Memorial Day.  If you require consular assistanc outside normal business hours in the United States you may call the Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on +1 888 239 3501.  

The Embassy of Australia, located at 1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington DC, remains open for business while scaffolding is erected around the building. The scaffolding will remain in place for an indeterminate period.   We apologise for any inconvenience.  The new Embassy design will promote an enduring vision of a contemporary and innovative Australia, paying tribute to the Australian landscape. The design includes an expansive glass atrium in the centre of the building, a large open public space looking back towards the White House, with an exhibition gallery.


Aussie expertise exported to the United States

Australians are taking on the United States - exporting their expertise to establish and grow businesses.  There are more than 1500 Australian businesses in the United States, including more than 400 parent companies.  Trade Minister Ciobo has released a landmark report, which sheds light on the significant impact Australian investors are making in the United States. The report, by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), is the first of its type; presenting a data-rich snapshot of Australia’s expansive investment footprint in this major market. 

The United States is both our number one source and destination for investment – with the two-way stock worth $1.45 trillion at the end of 2015. Since the Australia – United States Free Trade Agreement came into force in 2005, two-way investment stock has grown by 128 per cent.  The report, Australia’s Investment Footprint in the US, is available on the Austrade website.

Prime Minister Turnbull : May 4 meeting with US President Donald Trump

I’m delighted to travel to the United States next month to meet with President Donald J Trump and to attend the 75th Battle of the Coral Sea commemorations in New York, hosted by the America-Australia Association (AAA).  Australia and the United States are enduring allies. Our alliance has been forged over many decades, through times of war and times of peace, securing our nations’ freedom and peace and security in the world.  Next year will be one hundred years since Australian and American troops first fought side by side at the Battle of Hamel.  In the century since, our nations have become the closest allies, partners and friends united by shared democratic values and millions of people to people links... My meeting with President Trump will provide an opportunity to reaffirm our alliance and the United States’ engagement with the Asia-Pacific. It closely follows my visit to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and comes at a time when our region faces a serious threat from a reckless and dangerous regime in North Korea.  I look forward to discussing these and many other issues with President Trump in New York on 4 May.

Additional assistance to Iraq

The Australian Government will provide an additional $110 million over three years in humanitarian and stabilisation assistance for Iraq. This funding will help combat the Islamist terrorist group ISIS.  ISIS has now lost over 60% of the territory it once held in Iraq. More than two million people were liberated from its grasp in 2016. But there is more to be done.

Supporting gender equality in developing countries

Foreign Minister Bishop and Minister for International Development and the Pacific Fierravanti-Wells have announced that six Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) will receive Gender Action Platform (GAP) grants totalling $10 million to promote the rights of women and girls in 12 developing countries.   Grants are awarded to innovative projects that work to increase women's economic opportunities, improve women's participation in leadership, and reduce gender-based violence, in accordance with national laws....

Countering violent extremism through Australian aid

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has launched a new policy framework, 'Development Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism', to guide the inclusion of countering violent extremism activities across Australia's aid program.   The framework will ensure development assistance considers countering violent extremism in targeted and sensitive ways, including across education, civil society, governance, livelihoods, justice and the rule of law...The Australian Government has already increased our support to international efforts to target violent extremism, including providing $3 million to the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund and $2.5 million to establish a Commonwealth Secretariat Counter-Violent Extremism unit...

Expanding sanctions against North Korea

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, is proposing new and expanded autonomous sanctions in response to North Korea’s reckless and dangerous nuclear and ballistic missile programs.  The Australian Government joined the international community in condemning North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test on 12 February 2017. It followed an unprecedented rate of provocations in 2016 including two nuclear tests and more than 20 ballistic missile tests...



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