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.
Australia and the United States have signed an agreement that will help ensure crucial science, technology, and innovation cooperation between both countries continues to flourish. The Australian Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency the Honorable Joe Hockey and Catherine Novelli, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, have extended the Agreement Relating to Scientific and Technical Cooperation between the Government of the United States and the Government of Australia, in Washington, D.C. It replaces the existing Agreement between Australia and the United States on scientific and technical cooperation, which expires in February next year. The bilateral science and technical relationship between Australia and the United States spans 48 years under previous agreements.
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, International Human Rights Day, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign. The 16 days campaign raises awareness and galvanises action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The campaign is marked by the United Nations, governments and civil society organisations globally.
Australian company Bates Smart has been selected to design the new Australian Embassy in Washington DC. The government’s decision to construct a new embassy reinforces the strength of Australia’s relationship with the United States while promoting a vision of a contemporary and innovative Australia. The winning design embodies the spirit of Australia through direct references to the distinctive Australian landscape.
Good evening, on behalf of the Australian Government I offer my congratulations to President-elect, Donald Trump on his historic election victory of which he has just spoken moments ago in New York. And we also offer our best wishes to Secretary Hillary Clinton, who has fought a long and hard-fought campaign.
The commencement of the operation to retake the city of Mosul is an important milestone in the campaign to defeat Daesh. Freeing Mosul from Daesh will liberate its people from the terrorist group’s brutality and result in Daesh’s loss of its last major stronghold in Iraq. Australia will provide an additional $10 million in life-saving support to Mosul’s civilians. This will include emergency food, medical assistance, temporary shelter and support to women and girls for reproductive health.
Australia and the US welcome conclusion of cost-sharing negotiations for the Force Posture Initiatives
The Minister for Defence, the Hon Marise Payne, and United States Secretary of Defense Ash Carter have welcomed the in-principle conclusion of cost-sharing negotiations for the Force Posture Initiatives today in Washington DC. “This marks an important milestone in the implementation of the Force Posture Initiatives, and ensures that our approach to cost-sharing is well-considered and sustainable,” Minister Payne said. Australia and the US will share the costs for more than $2 billion in infrastructure investment in northern Australia as well as the ongoing costs of the initiative over the full 25 year life of the agreement.
The Australian Government reaffirms our commitment to the security of Afghanistan and its transition to stability and self-reliance. Working alongside our key partners, including the US, UK and European Union, the Australian Government will extend our $80 million annual commitment of bilateral aid to Afghanistan until 2020. Australia will also provide an additional $10 million to the World Food Programme to help support emergency food and nutrition to the growing number of people internally displaced due to conflict and violence in Afghanistan. Our aid program assists women to escape violence and access justice. Our support has also allowed many thousands of girls to attend school, particularly in remote and rural communities.
If you have the skills, Australia has the lifestyle. If you like the idea of Australia's climate and lifestyle and are looking for a career challenge in a country with lots of opportunities—take the next step and find out more about Australia's skilled working visas. Your journey starts when you submit an expression of interest for a skilled visa through SkillSelect. By using SkillSelect the Australian Government could invite you to lodge a visa application or you could be nominated by an Australian or state and territory government. Find out what you need to do to complete your expression of interest through SkillSelect.