Embassy of Australia
United States of America
Embassy address: 1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington DC 20036 - Telephone: (202) 797 3000 - Fax: (202) 797 3168

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New Smartraveller campaign launched

Australians are being reminded to make their first stop the Smartraveller website before they travel overseas in a revamped national advertising campaign.  The new campaign aims to remind Australians to prepare for their upcoming trip and to take responsibility for themselves when travelling overseas. With Australians continuing to travel in ever-increasing numbers, with almost 10 million trips taken in the last financial year, the Smartraveller message continues to be critically important – ‘be informed, be prepared’. While most Australians travel safely, and take appropriate precautions, the number of Australians seeking consular assistance continues to rise. A large number of these cases could have been prevented with the right preparation, planning and taking out comprehensive travel insurance.  (more)

Australia's Candidacy to the Human Rights Council

Today we officially launch Australia’s candidacy for membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2018-20 term.  This is the first time Australia has sought membership of the Human Rights Council. Our inaugural candidacy embodies our commitment to the aims and purposes of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to the ongoing promotion and protection of human rights, both here in Australia and around the world...We would bring a principled and pragmatic approach to our term on the Human Rights Council, the same approach we demonstrated during our recent membership of the UN Security Council. (more)

United Nations Peacekeeping pledge

Australia has continued its tradition of strong support for UN peacekeeping, pledging to provide strategic air lift and training support. Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop today joined more than fifty world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in reaffirming support to UN peacekeeping and offer pledges of assistance. The UN peacekeeping system is under unprecedented strain as it responds to the violent and protracted conflicts around the world. Australia’s C-130 and C-17 aircraft will provide strategic air lift support ­­for UN peacekeeping operations in crisis situations where and whenever we can.  (more)

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop hosts a breakfast meeting of the MIKTA Foreign Ministers at the Ambassadors residence in New York.


6th MIKTA Foreign Ministers' Meeting

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop: On 26 September I chaired the sixth MIKTA Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, bringing together Foreign Ministers from Mexico, Indonesia, Korea and Turkey to discuss key global and regional issues that affect our security and prosperity. MIKTA countries are significant economic powers: we are the 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th largest economies in the world and play pivotal strategic roles in our respective regions. We also share important fundamental values, including a commitment to democracy and human rights, and support free trade and open economies. Our discussion today focussed on Syria and foreign terrorist fighters; counter-terrorism; international energy governance; gender equality; development cooperation; and encouraging further innovation across MIKTA economies.  (more)

Australia welcomes new global development agenda

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop joined Leaders and Ministers from across the globe at the United Nations in New York, to welcome and endorse the Sustainable Development Goals.  All 193 member states of the United Nations have established a global roadmap for development cooperation to 2030 and beyond. The involvement of civil society, the private sector and development organisations were important to achieving this strong outcome and will be critical to delivering it.  The 2030 agenda is comprehensive, progressive and innovative and recognises that we need to harness both public and private sources of finance to achieve development. (more)

Hajj pilgrimage tragedy

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragedy and terrible loss of life at the Hajj. On behalf of all Australians, I offer my condolences to the families of pilgrims killed or injured during the Hajj pilgrimage. The Australian Embassy in Riyadh is working closely with Saudi authorities to ascertain whether any Australians have been affected by this tragedy. At this stage Saudi authorities advise that no Australians have been affected. (more)

Mudai #1, 2007 - folded traditional Japanese papers
and Japanese Uzin-Washi and inks 
Exhibitions at the embassy...

The Embassy of Australia presents a solo exhibition by Japanese Australian artist Hiromi Ashlin. Recognised as a renowned “sensei-level” calligrapher, origami master and contemporary artist, her art blends traditional Japanese elements with her Australian Pacific connection. Hiromi’s time with Indigenous Australian artists can clearly be seen in some of her work on display. (more)

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.


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