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The Australian Government will proceed with the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey of all Australians on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll.  Arrangements will be put in place to allow eligible Australians living overseas to participate in the survey. Further details of these processes will be released on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website (www.abs.gov.au) as soon as they are finalised.  To be eligible to participate in the survey you must be enrolled with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) by 6pm (AEST) on 24 August 2017. Those living overseas need to ensure that they are correctly enrolled as an Overseas Elector. To enrol or to check or update your enrolment visit the AEC website (www.aec.gov.au) or call +61 6160 2600. You cannot enrol or check your details via the Embassy.  For further information - including instructions on survey participation and key dates - visit the ABS website or call +61 2 6252 5262.



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 relationship between Australia and the United States is unique in its breadth, depth and length, and characterised by genuine cultural affinity and a robust framework of bilateral co-operation.  In 2018, Australia and the United States will mark a centenary of mateship - a friendship first formed in the trenches of World War I during the Battle of Hamel on July 4, 1918. 

 Follow us as we celebrate the first 100 years of Mateship and look forward to the next 100 years.


New United Nationas and Australian Sanctions against North Korea 

The Australian Government welcomes the unanimous adoption by the United Nations Security Council of new substantial measures against North Korea overnight. Australia will move quickly to implement the new resolution and today announces new measures to support the international action.  The UN Security Council decision demonstrates clear international unity and resolve on the need to respond to continuing illegal and provocative actions by North Korea, which pose a major threat to international peace and security...(more)


Australia condemns latest North Korean ballistic missile test

Australia condemns North Korea’s latest Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) test in the strongest possible terms.  This test is North Korea’s second ICBM test this month.  The ballistic missile tests and North Korea’s ongoing reckless and menacing behaviour, are in violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions, is a threat to regional and global security and stability and is in violation of the rules based order we seek to promote and advance.  Australia urges strong UN Security Council action in response to these tests. We call on all countries to implement existing UN Security Council resolutions against North Korea as a matter of urgency.  Australia also urges China to use its considerable leverage to dissuade North Korea from continuing to conduct these tests in order to develop its illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Accountability for the victims of MH17

Australia joins with other members of the MH17 Joint Investigation Team (JIT) – Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine – in announcing its full support for a Dutch national prosecution to pursue those responsible for the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 on 17 July 2014 over Eastern Ukraine. The Australian Government has full confidence in the quality, impartiality and integrity of the Dutch legal system. We applaud the Netherlands for showing leadership through the JIT process and committing to conduct the prosecutions on behalf of the wider international community... (more)

PM Turnbull: Keynote address 16th IISS Asia Security Summit, Shangri-La Dialogue

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull:  Well thank you very much Dr Chipman. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, honoured guests, ladies and gentlemen. I thank you for the honour of inviting me to deliver this year's keynote address.  As always, visiting Singapore is a great pleasure - indeed, Prime Minister, you and your fellow Singaporeans make all Australians feel at home here, none more so than our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter - born in 2015 and thus an SG50 baby.  That 50 years of Singapore's independence has seen profound changes to our region, and profound contributions to the world from our region - one of which is this very meeting.  The Shangri-La Dialogue has grown to become one of the world’s great strategic gatherings since you, John, established it fifteen years ago with the encouragement of the Australian historian Bob O’Neill and our former Defence Minister Robert Hill.  Your reasoning was straightforward.  You saw that the US-anchored rules-based order - the remarkable system where nations big and small agree to play by the rules and respect each other’s sovereignty - could not be taken for granted here in the Indo Pacific... (more)

Fulbright Australia-US Alliance Scholarships commemorating 100 years of "mateship"

 US Secretary of State Tillerson and Foreign Minister Bishop announce four new Fulbright Professional Scholarships in recognition of the strong and enduring ties between our two countries. The Fulbright Australia-US Alliance Scholarsips are part of the 'First 100 years of Mateship campaign', marking a century of the Australia-US partnership.  They are an investment in a relationship of vital importance to both countries and will further strengthen ties between our universities and scholars.


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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