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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.

Situation in Yemen

The Australian Government is deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Yemen and the Houthi Shia militia taking control of the capital Sana’a.  Australia welcomes the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2201 and its demand for the Houthis to engage in good faith in the UN-brokered negotiations, safely release President Hadi and Prime Minister Bahah, and to withdraw their forces from government institutions.  Australia also supports the Resolution’s call for all parties to cease armed hostilities and to continue the political transition process. (more)

White House Countering Violent Extremism Summit

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis:  I will travel to Washington from 18–21 February 2015 to represent the Australian Government at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. This Summit follows the Five Country Ministerial which I co-hosted in London earlier this month...The threat posed by ISIL and other terrorist groups is growing and of global concern... Australia will share our experiences and the initiatives we are taking through comprehensive legislative reform, plus approximately $630 million over four years in new counter-terrorism funding, which includes a targeted countering violent extremism programme. (more)

Australia teams up with ANZ in the Pacific

Today I signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ANZ Chief Executive Officer Mike Smith, which will boost Australian Government efforts to enhance economic growth in the Pacific region.  The MoU with the Australian Government and ANZ creates a partnership that will significantly improve access to finance for many Pacific Islanders and enable them to participate in the formal economy, in some cases for the first time...more effective and timely communication on disaster and crisis relief. (more)

Performance of Australian Aid, 2013-14

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  Today I release the inaugural Performance of Australian Aid report on the record of the Australian aid program in 2013-14.  The report is a key part of the new performance framework for Australia’s aid, Making Performance Count, introduced by the Coalition Government in June 2014.  Australia’s aid program is performing efficiently and effectively to contribute to the goal of promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in our region.  (more)

Tackling the challenge of tuberculosis

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  Today I announce a three-year package of assistance to support tuberculosis control in Papua New Guinea. PNG has the highest rate of TB infection in the Pacific, with an estimated 39,000 total cases and 25,000 new infections each year. The additional $15 million in funding will bring Australia’s support for TB control in PNG to $60 million by 2016-17. The funding will focus on improving management of drug resistant TB, a growing problem due to patients failing to complete treatment, inadequate treatment regimes, and high rates of transmission within communities. (more)

Promoting Australian business ties with the United States

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment, Steven Ciobo, will visit Texas and Louisiana between 4-8 February to promote Australian resource capability and foster economic ties with the South Eastern United States.  Mr Ciobo will attend the Australia America Chamber of Commerce (AACC) Energy Conference and meet senior oil and gas industry representatives...   “The United States is a key economic partner for Australia,” Mr Ciobo said. “It is our largest source of foreign direct investment and two-way trade is at an all-time high, having grown 87 per cent since the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement came into force in 2005.”  (more)

Australia assists Afghanistan counter improvised explosive devices

Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews today announced that Australia has commenced delivering counter improvised explosive device equipment to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) as part of Australia’s contribution to the Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund.  This project involves providing low cost, robust and lightweight force protection systems for the ANSF to counter improvised explosive devices, for use by dismounted personnel and for fitting to light vehicles.  This technology was developed by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation under a program sponsored by Defence’s Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force.  (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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