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The New South Wales (NSW) State election will take place on 28 March 2015.  Voting services will NOT be available at Australian overseas missions.  All eligible voters who will be overseas on election day can use the iVote system online to lodge their vote. To register and vote using the iVote system, visit the iVote website or call +61 2 9290 5287.  Further information on the election, including enrollment and early voting can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission website.

The Embassy of Australia, located at 1601 Massachusetts Ave 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 this may cause.

innovationXchange - Australia’s new aid paradigm

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  Today I launch innovationXchange – an Australian Government initiative to revolutionise the delivery and effectiveness of Australia’s aid program.  The $140 million project, the next phase of the Australian Government’s new aid paradigm, will mainstream innovation throughout the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  I am pleased to announce the first three innovationXchange initiatives; the Data for Health partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, SEED Pacific and the International Reference Group...(more)

Blood for malaria testing is taken from a child on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu

Tackling TB and Malaria in the Indo-Pacific

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  On the eve of World TB Day, I am pleased to announce further support toward the eradication of tuberculosis and malaria in the Indo-Pacific region.  Drug resistant TB and malaria pose a threat to health security in our region and carry a high burden for our Asia-Pacific neighbours. More than half of the global TB cases (56%) occur in our region.  Australia’s new $30 million investment over three years will help bring new diagnostic tests and drugs to market to tackle this threat. (more)

Services exports to Asia on the rise

China continues to be the leading market for Australian services exports, worth $7.5 billion in 2013-14; a figure Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb says will only increase as businesses capitalise on opportunities created through our recently concluded Free Trade Agreement. (more)

Terrorist attack in Tunis

The Australian Government condemns the terrorist attack at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia. This was clearly a terrorist attack on a fledgling democracy. Tunisia held presidential and parliamentary elections late last year and has shown remarkable strength and resilience in resisting the rising tide of terrorism sweeping the Middle East inspired by ISIL, or Daesh. (more)

Australia supports Tuvalu following Cyclone Pam

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, has announced that Australia will provide urgent humanitarian support to Tuvalu in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam. (more)

Australia provides additional support to Vanuatu

Australia will provide additional medical assistance and urban search and rescue capability in response to the devastation resulting from tropical Cyclone Pam.  “Today’s announcement follows substantial work Australian teams have been doing in Port Vila over the last 36 hours and assessments from the aerial reconnaissance flights carried out in Vanuatu yesterday,” Minister Bishop said.  “Australia will be deploying an additional Australian Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team of 54 personnel, arriving in Port Vila today to clean up and repair the Port Vila Hospital Complex. (more)

Consul-General in Chicago

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  I announce the appointment of Mr Michael Wood as Australia’s next Consul-General in Chicago.  The Australian Consulate-General works to strengthen Australia’s economic, political and cultural relationships in Chicago and the Midwest region of the United States a major centre of international business and global finance, and a manufacturing and agricultural hub. (more)


Colin Colahan, January 1945, 1945, oil on canvas, 76.6 x 68.4 cm, Collection of the Australian War Memorial ART25700

Currently exhibiting at the embassy ...

A Centenary of Australian War Art

An ANZAC Centenary Exhibition - A Centenary of Australian War Art - consists of 41 artworks from the Australian War Memorial depicting Australian military experience from the First World War to Afghanistan. It is the most comprehensive exhibition of official Australian war art ever seen outside Australia.

Conflicts depicted include both World Wars, as well as Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East. Peacekeeping missions in East Timor and the Solomon Islands are also represented. The exhibition features Australia’s best known war artists, including George Lambert and Arthur Streeton.

These works highlight the crucial role Australians have played in some of the most defining moments in modern history, as well as the terrible losses and hardships endured by Australians in war over the past century.



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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