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 will be closed on Monday 1 September in observance of Labor Day.  If you require urgent consular assistance, you may call the Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra from the United States on +1 888 239 3501.



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.

Gaza ceasefire

The Australian Government welcomes the recent announcement of a ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, after 50 days of conflict in Gaza. We join other world leaders in calling for all parties to fully and completely comply with its terms.  (more)

Signature of AANZFTA Protocol

The Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb, joined Ministers from ASEAN Member States and New Zealand in signing the First Protocol to Amend the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA).  The Protocol will provide for improved administrative efficiency by Customs authorities and encourage enhanced business utilisation of the AANZFTA.  Mr Robb said the protocol brings AANZFTA into alignment with Australia’s other FTAs and reduces red tape for business, a priority for the government.  (more)

Signees, US Ambassador to Australia John Berry (l) and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at signing ceremony in Canberra.
Stronger information sharing, stronger borders from agreement between Australia and the United States

The Government of the United States of America and the Government of Australia have signed an agreement for the sharing of visa and immigration information, bolstering the capacity of each country to confirm identities of foreign nationals...The Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, said the agreement comes at a time when strengthening national border control through the use of technology has never been more important for Australia.  “Australia values highly the information exchanges with the United States and our international partners and recognises the potential of this agreement to better protect citizens of both countries.” (more)

DFAT releases new G20 publication

DFAT's new G20 publication provides summary data on both Australia's trade and investment relationships with the Group of Twenty (G20) members as well as G20 members' trade with the world. 

Publication: Australia's trade and investment with the G20

Counter-terrorism measures

To lessen the terrorist threat at home and abroad, the Government will invest more than $64 million in measures to counter violent extremism and radicalisation.  Recent images of brutal killings in Syria and the brazen presence of Australian citizens amongst the foreign-fighters highlights the need for action to counter radicalisation...There are hundreds of Westerners fighting with extremist groups such as ISIL – including at least 60 Australians in Syria and Iraq, and about 100 facilitators in Australia... we need to support community efforts to prevent young Australians being radicalised and leaving Australia to join extremists overseas, and to ensure those who return do not become involved in terrorist activity here. (more)

Members of Defence Material Organisation in front of a P-8A Poseidon aircraft

Australian P-8A Advanced Aircraft Contract executed by the United States Navy

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston announced the United States Navy has executed an Advanced Acquisition Contract for Australia’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft...“These state-of-the-art aircraft will dramatically boost Australia’s ability to monitor its maritime approaches,” Senator Johnston said. “These aircraft work closely with other existing and future Defence assets, and the Australian Customs and Border Protection aviation fleet, to secure our vitally important ocean resources, including northern Australia’s offshore energy resources and to protect our borders.” (more)

Robb visit to Burma

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will travel to Burma from 25 to 31 August, to promote responsible bilateral trade and investment ties and advance Australia’s trade and economic interests within ASEAN and the East Asia Summit.  In Nay Pyi Taw, Mr Robb will attend ASEAN-related trade ministers’ meetings.  “These meetings provide an opportunity to progress Australia’s trade agenda, including implementation of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations,” Mr Robb said. (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)



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.
      Australia is serving on the UN Security Council during 2013 and 2014

    > Australia-UNSC.gov.au    

   Strengthening the relationship between Australia and the United States in Business, Innovation & Culture.> G'Day USA 2014                            

Membership of the G20 gives Australia the capacity to influence key policies relating to the global economy.

> Australia and the G20


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