Embassy of Australia
United States of America



Following the devastation from Hurricane Maria, Australian citizens in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are asked to monitor local media reports and continue to follow the instructions of local authorities. Keep your passport with you at all times. Disruptions to essential services may occur. Contact your airline or tour operator to check whether tourist services have been affected.  

Please call +1 888 239 3501 if you are in need of consular assistance.



Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

The Australian Government is proceeding with the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.  All eligible Australians are encouraged to participate, however the survey is not compulsory and there are no penalties for not participating.   >> more information



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.



Additional humanitarian assistance for Myanmar and Bangladesh

The Australian Government is deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Rakhine State, Myanmar, and the resulting humanitarian crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh.  Australia will provide additional support of up to $15 million to help address the humanitarian needs of more than 300,000 people affected by this crisis.  The United Nations estimates that more than 410,000 people fleeing violence have crossed into Bangladesh since 25 August, with numbers expected to rise further.   Australian support will contribute to providing food, shelter, clean water and essential health services for displaced people in Bangladesh.  This assistance will be provided through the World Food Programme, the International Organisation for Migration and other trusted humanitarian partners. (more)

Humanitarian assistance for Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia

Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, has announced the Australian Government will provide further assistance in response to widespread and devastating hunger and cholera in Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia.  The Government will contribute $30 million in humanitarian assistance for people in these countries who are facing the risk of famine due to conflict and drought. (more)

North Korean Ballistic Missile Launch 

Australia strongly condemns today’s North Korean ballistic missile launch which flew over northern Japan and landed in waters to the east of Hokkaido.  While this morning’s test is likely that of an intermediate range ballistic missile, it flew further than any previous test conducted by Pyongyang.  This emphasises the grave and increasing threat North Korea poses to regional and global security and will only strengthen the determination of Australia and the international community to stand firm against North Korea’s illegal actions.  Increased economic pressure is an essential pillar of the collective strategy to force Pyongyang to come to its senses and abandon its illegal programs and focus instead on the welfare of its long-suffering people.  Australia welcomed United Nations Security Council Resolution 2375 which was passed unanimously on 11 September.  Along with Resolution 2371, which was adopted on 5 August, Resolution 2375 targets new and important sectors of the North Korean economy, and further limits North Korea’s ability to use its resources for its illegal weapons 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 Scholarships 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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