Embassy of Australia
United States of America


A federal election will be held on Saturday 2 July 2016.

Early (in-person) voting services will be provided by the Embassy and by the Consulates-General in Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Details are available on the Australian Elections page of the Embassy’s website.

Information on voting overseas at election time is available on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website, or by contacting the AEC via email (info@aec.gov.au) or telephone (+61 2 6160 2600).


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.

Bishop to Attend ISSG Meeting 

Australia’s Foreign minister, Julie Bishop, will represent Australia at the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Vienna on 17 May. The meeting will be co-chaired by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Australia is a substantial contributor to the international coalition against Daesh in Syria and Iraq, and brings to the ISSG a commitment to combatting groups including ISIL.

Future Submarine Program

The Turnbull Government today announces that the next generation of submarines for Australia will be constructed at the Adelaide shipyard, securing thousands of jobs and ensuring the project will play a key part in the transition of our economy.  DCNS of France has been selected as our preferred international partner for the design of the 12 Future Submarines, subject to further discussions on commercial matters. 

Launch of the Green Book

Today we announce the release of the most comprehensive summary of Australia’s relationship with our regional bilateral aid partners, Australian Engagement with Developing Countries (The Green Book).  The Green Book provides a snapshot of total Australian Government support for Indo-Pacific developing countries in 2014-15.

Support for Global Food Security

Today we announce that Australia will contribute to the Global Crop Diversity Trust to safeguard the world’s crops and strengthen global food security.  Established in 2004, the Global Crop Diversity Trust supports conservation of the world’s most diverse collection of food crop seeds and improves the plant genetic resources for the world’s major food crops.  Australia’s $5 million contribution will provide financial support and technical assistance to seedbanks in developing countries and support a fail-safe backup of food crop seeds in the Svalbard Seed Vault in Norway.

Great Barrier Reef Coral Bleaching Update

The coral bleaching event currently impacting the Great Barrier Reef is major and significant.  The Reef 2050 Independent Expert Panel met this week and provided me with a thorough briefing on the severity and geographical extent of bleaching.  The event is still unfolding and the full extent and severity of bleaching may take several weeks to manifest.

AUSFTA Joint Committee Meeting – Call for Submissions

Australia and the United States celebrated the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) in 2015. This agreement is one of Australia’s longest-running Free Trade Agreements, and it underpins the trade and investment relationship between Australia and the United States.   For more information on AUSFTA and Australia-United States economic co-operation, see DFAT’s United States Country Brief and DFAT’s AUSFTA page.

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