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’s trade in goods and services reached a record $661 billion in 2015-16. This analysis, released on 16 January in the Composition of Trade, Australia 2015-16 report, shows that Australian businesses are trading more, creating jobs and driving growth... For the tenth year in a row, China was Australia's top trading partner, with two-way trade valued at $150 billion or 23 per cent of total trade. The United States was Australia’s second largest trading partner at $69 billion, followed by Japan at $60 billion...
Australia has been re-elected unanimously to lead the Green Climate Fund Board in 2017. The Green Climate Fund is the world's primary fund for addressing climate change in developing countries including those in our region. As 2016 co-chair with South Africa we oversaw the first year of operation and increased the focus on climate finance needs in our region. Samoa and Australia jointly hosting the Board's first Pacific meeting in Samoa this week, the largest climate financing meeting ever held in the Pacific. The 15th meeting of the Board approved USD98 million for climate change initiatives in the Pacific.
On 10 December, we commemorated Human Rights Day. It was on that day 68 years ago that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We should justly be proud that Australia was a founding member of the United Nations and instrumental in drafting the Declaration. For we believe in fundamental freedoms. Particularly we defend a person's right to free speech and right to hold personal beliefs –provided they do not impinge on the rights or freedoms of others. Our values are at the heart of our decision to run for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council for the 2018 to 2020 term. According to Freedom House, 2015 saw an overall drop in freedom around the world for the 9th consecutive year. In a wide range of countries, governments have clamped down on freedom of expression, arresting and imprisoning journalists, academics and political opponents. Freedom of expression is enjoyed and valued in Australia – it is a fundamental part of our vibrant democracy. Should Australia become a member of the Human Right Council we would place a heavy emphasis on protecting freedom of expression...
Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP & Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP: We are pleased to launch the 2017 G'Day USA program, the premiere public, cultural and economic diplomacy initiative promoting Australia in the United States. Now in its 14th year, the program is being expanded with new events across the United States, including New York, Los Angeles and – for the first time in Austin, Texas - one of the world's largest economies, with growing trade and investment links with Australia.
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.
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.
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.