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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.


International Women’s Day 2017

This year for International Women's Day, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is focusing on Australia's contribution to women's economic empowerment through aid, trade and economic diplomacy. This is in line with the priority theme at the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), which focuses on Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work. Women's economic empowerment is a significant driver of economic growth and prosperity. Women already make a significant contribution to the economy; however, this is often in the informal sector, and is unrecognised, without security, and unrewarded.

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...

Australia supports UN investigations into violations of international law and human rights abuses in Syria

Australia will contribute funding towards a United Nations mechanism that lays the groundwork for future criminal prosecutions of those responsible for atrocities in Syria.  Australia has consistently condemned the atrocities being committed in Syria by all sides to the conflict...The Mechanism, established by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on 21 December 2016, will collect, preserve and analyse evidence of serious international crimes committed by all sides to the conflict in Syria.  Australia will contribute $150,000 in response to a United Nations call for states to fund start-up costs for the Mechanism...

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...

The Foreign Minister’s keynote address at the G’Day USA Dialogue on Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

Australia’s Foreign Minister The Hon Julie Bishop MP underlined the importance of the US-Australian alliance in tackling challenges in the Indo-Pacific region at the G’Day USA Dialogue on Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific in Los Angeles  26 January.  Key points include emerging security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, regional trade dynamics and the importance of the US-Australia alliance:  “Happy Australia Day. How fitting it is, if you have to be outside the country, to celebrate our national day here in Los Angeles, for there are few nations that enjoy a closer relationship than that between Australia and the United States. We are allies, partners, collaborators and most importantly friends - we like each other - a lot.  We share fundamental values that underpin a corresponding world view and a similar brand of pragmatic optimism. There's a natural affinity. We benefit from a high level of mutual trust, built up over decades of close cooperation” …

Economic Outlook Address - 23 January, New York City

The Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, The Hon Steven Ciobo’s gave his economic outlook address, The Importance of Asia in the 21st Century, at the G’Day USA luncheon in New York City on 23 January:  "There is a Chinese proverb: If you want to open a store, you need to know how to smile.  And so, as Australia’s trade and tourism Minister, I stand here before you smiling.  A trade minister’s core business, by definition, is to retail their country’s outputs; to connect those opportunities with the global marketplace; and to search out a framework to reduce input costs (or prices) for Australian consumers and businesses. This task is easier among economies with growth. And the smile metaphor can be as equally applied to customer service, as it can to policy settings. Australia is a country that wants to trade. Australia is a country that needs to trade"…




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