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


Current Vacancies

Please submit application materials in MS Word or PDF formats only.

Note:The Embassy of Australia in Washington DC does not engage external consultants to undertake its recruitment activity. Please read the position documentation below for the vacancy you are interested in and follow the application procedures listed at How to Apply.


Deputy Liaison Officer 11880 ONA Close of Business 24 April 2015
Senior Research Officer 10104 DFAT Close of Business 1 May 2015
Consular/Passports Officer 11551 DFAT Close of Business 11 May 2015

*Please note all closing dates reflect United States Eastern Standard Time (US EST)

 Closed Vacancies

Industry Support Officer 11877 Defence Shortlisting
Administrative Officer 11629 Defence Shortlisting
Audit and Compliance Officer 10021 DFAT Shortlisting
Social Secretary to the Head of Mission 10101 DFAT Interviewing
Conditions of Service Officer 10141 Defence Interviewing
Finance Manager (FMS) 10238 Defence Interviewing
Community Liaison Officer 10031 DFAT Interviewing
Office Manager 12176 DFAT Shortlisting
Office Manager 11626 AFP Shortlisting
Embassy Receptionist 10263 DFAT Interviewing
Liaison Assistant 10080 DFAT Interviewing

Employment Conditions

LE Salary Scale

Go to LE Salary Scale (as at 1 April 2015)

*All salaries are annual, and are paid in US dollars


Taxation is a personal responsibility for all Locally Engaged Staff (LES) and individuals should confirm their taxation obligations before considering an offer of employment with the Embassy.

For Australians considering employment at the embassy, please use the following link to assess your tax status  with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) http://calculators.ato.gov.au/scripts/axos/axos.asp?CONTEXT=&KBS=residency_leaving.XR4. Please note that the embassy is required to report to the ATO the earnings for those staff considered to be Australian residents for taxation purposes.

Information about the Australian-US tax treaty on double taxation can be found here http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-trty/aus.pdf   

For those staff with a taxation obligation to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - in the United States - information on filing US taxes can be found here http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p519.pdf

Dependants of A-based and LES with employment authorisation are required to file tax returns with the IRS in order to renew their employment authorisation cards. This includes returns for those applying treaty exemptions, those with nil earnings, and those employed outside of the embassy. This does not remove the obligation to file tax returns with the Australian Taxation Office.


Please note that there is no relocation allowance given to a successful candidate of a locally engaged position. See Living in the greater Washington DC area for possible sources of information on accommodation, transportation and cost of living in Washington DC and its surrounds.

Terms and conditions of employment for Locally Engaged Staff (LES)

Please use the following link to see the full terms and conditions of employment for Locally Engaged Staff (LES) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC terms and conditions  

Temporary Employment

The Embassy of Australia Human Resources Department is currently soliciting interest from persons available to work in temporary positions. Temporary vacancies are usually filled on a short-term contract basis. 

NOTE: like all temporary employees, applicants will need to have appropriate work authorisation and correct visa/residence status to be employed.

Current Temporary Vacancy

The Embassy of Australia is accepting expressions of interest from individuals seeking temporary employment with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. These positions range from data entry to filing and other miscellaneous administrative duties and are primarily broad band one roles with some opportunity for broad band two work. Applicants will need to have appropriate work authorisation and correct visa/residence status to be employed. To be considered for these roles applicants must complete the necessary documentation using the following link http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/ApplyTemp.html  

Once you have read and understood the requirements – please submit all documentation and any questions you may have to Recruitment.Washington@dfat.gov.au  using DIBP Temp Application in the subject line.

Contact Information

Specific questions related to temporary positions can be directed to Paul P. Vella at 202 797 3284 or by email at Recruitment.Washington@dfat.gov.au

To be considered for short term temporary vacancies go to How to Apply for Temporary Employment.

Long term temporary vacancies (e.g. six months or longer) will be advertised here. These vacancies have different application requirements to those for short term temporary vacancies. 

Vacancies at other Posts

From time to time, other posts in the USA will advertise here. Check their websites for other vacancies and further information. Do not send applications or enquiries for vacancies at other posts to the Embassy in Washington DC.