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

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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.

National Day of Mourning and National Memorial Service for the victims of Flight MH17

Prime Minister Tony Abbott:  The Government has declared Thursday 7 August 2014 to be a National Day of Mourning to honour the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.  On this day, flags on all Government buildings, here and overseas, will be flown at half-mast.  The Government has arranged for a National Memorial Service to take place at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, at 10.30am on Thursday 7 August 2014.  The Service will honour those who have lost their lives and seek to support those who have been bereaved.  All Australians mourn the loss of Flight MH17.  (more)



Australia to host AUSMIN in Sydney

The Australian Government will host United States Secretary of State John Kerry and United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in Sydney on 12 August for the 2014 Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN).  AUSMIN is the principal forum for progressing bilateral cooperation on foreign, defence and strategic policy matters between Australia and the United States. It is an opportunity to reaffirm our Alliance and the depth and breadth of our relationship. (more)

Australian humanitarian assistance for Gaza

The Australian Government is deeply concerned about the continuing conflict between Israel and militant groups in Gaza, the growing number of casualties and the deteriorating humanitarian situation...To respond to growing needs, the Australian Government is providing $5 million in urgent humanitarian assistance to Gaza. This will be delivered through our established development partners in Gaza: the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), World Vision and APHEDA.  (more)

Operation Bring Them Home: AFP to Join Dutch-led Multinational Police Mission

Prime Minister : Australia will contribute to a Dutch-led multinational police mission to the crash site of MH17. I expect the first contingent of Australian police will arrive at the crash site later today with Dutch colleagues to begin their important work.  First and foremost, the purpose of the mission is to recover further remains from the site. The police mission also will seek to remove wreckage from the site and, to the extent possible, obtain information that will assist investigators.  This mission will take place with the support of the good offices of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) which is playing a critical role in eastern Ukraine through its Special Monitoring Mission.  This mission will be swift. Our personnel will not stay a moment longer than is needed to carry out their task.  In a difficult environment, the risks are real. Meticulous planning has gone into mitigating these risks, and we are working closely with our international partners to ensure the mission proceeds safely and successfully.  Australia is committed to doing all we can to bring home our loved ones to their families. 

Deputy Prime Minister Truss and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs to attend the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator Brett Mason will visit Palau to attend the 45th Leaders Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), the Pacific region’s pre-eminent regional body, held from 28 July and 1 August.  The Forum meets this year at an important time for the region. PIF leaders will consider this year’s theme, ‘The Ocean: Life and Future’, and a plan to reinvigorate regional cooperation in the Pacific. (more)

Minister for Defence – ‘Rollout’ of first two Australian F-35A Joint Strike Fighters in the USA

The first two Australian F-35A aircraft, known as AU-1 and AU-2, rolled out of the Lockheed-Martin F-35 facility in Fort Worth on 24 July 2014.  Senator Mathias Cormann, representing the Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston, attended the event in Fort Worth to mark the milestone...At the ceremony attended by senior US Government and Defence representatives, Senator Cormann said that the F-35A will provide ‘leading edge’ air combat capabilities for the Australian Defence Force for decades to come...Initial RAAF pilot training will begin in the United States in early 2015.  From 2018 the Australian Defence Force will commence ferry flights of JSF aircraft to Australia.  (more)

Visit to the Netherlands and Ukraine

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will travel to Ukraine with the Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans to meet with the Ukraine leadership in Kyiv to discuss the means of implementing the UN Security Council Resolution to secure the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.  Australia’s Special Envoy Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston will provide us with briefings on Australia’s support operations and we will meet the Australian Government inter-agency team responsible for Operation Bring Them Home.  The Australian Government is determined to establish the facts and obtain justice for the victims and their families. (more)

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On Exhibit...
Portrait Artists Australia
The Embassy of Australia and Portrait Artists Australia present a selected exhibition of 23 Australian portraits by member artists.The exhibition includes a wide range of subjects and celebrates Australia’s rich cultural diversity. The selected paintings were winners or finalists in various Australian portrait prizes, including the Archibald Prize, Black Swan Prize for Portraiture and the Portia Geach Memorial Award.  (more)



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