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The Queensland State Election will take place on Saturday, 31 January.  Voting services will NOT be available at the Embassy of Australia in Washington. For complete current information on the election, including enrolment and voting, visit the Electoral Commission of Queensland website at http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au or contact the Commission via telephone (+61 7 3227 6444), fax (+61 7 3229 7391) or email: ecq@ecq.qld.gov.au

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.

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)


Foreign Minister with Australian servicewomen in Afghanistan

Visit to Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  Yesterday I visited our military and civilian personnel stationed in Afghanistan for Australia Day. I thanked them for their outstanding service to our contribution to peace and security efforts for the people of Afghanistan.  I also met with representatives of the newly formed Afghan government in Kabul to reiterate Australia’s commitment to Afghanistan as the government enters a transition phase to take responsibility for security across the country. Approximately 400 Australians are currently serving as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission which came into effect on 1 January 2015. (more)

Australia and PNG – an enduring partnership

Prime Minister Tony Abbott:  I was very pleased to meet with Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, in Canberra today. That we met on Australia Day reflects the close and enduring partnership between the two countries. It is also significant that we met so early in the year which mark’s PNG’s fortieth anniversary of independence.  Prime Minister O’Neill and I discussed a range of important bilateral and regional issues, noting that our economic links continue to expand. (more)

Australia's pledge to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

The Australian Government will today renew its commitment to the delivery of vaccines, otherwise unaffordable to children in developing countries. At a replenishment conference for 'Gavi the Vaccine Alliance' chaired by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Australia will commit $250 million from 2016 to 2020. Our pledge follows on from our previous contribution to Gavi of $250 million over five years.  (more)

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop meets with Vice President Joe Biden at the Whtie House

Strengthening the alliance in Washington 

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  Today I held meetings in Washington with senior Administration and Congress leaders, including insightful and productive discussions with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Bob Corker.  We discussed the shared challenge of violent extremism, in particular the problem of our citizens travelling overseas to fight with terrorist organisations. Australia and the United States are united in our commitment to deep cooperation to overcome the menace of terrorism at home and abroad.  (more)

Opening of ANZAC Centenary exhibition in Washington

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, with Australian War Memorial Dr Director Brendan Nelson, opened the exhibition ‘A Centenary of Australian War Art’ at the Australian Embassy in Washington on 21 January.  The exhibition marks 100 years since the ANZAC landing in 1915, a defining moment in Australia’s military history and our national story.  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.  (more)

High-level consultations in Washington

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop: Today I met with senior White House and USA national security officials to discuss our shared challenges in combatting terrorism at home and abroad. Meetings with National Security Agency director Admiral Michael Rogers, CIA director John Brennan and National Intelligence director Lt Gen James Clapper provided an important opportunity to consolidate the high-level counter-terrorism engagement and intelligence cooperation between our two countries. Australia and the United States are deeply concerned about citizens heading overseas to fight with terrorists. I discussed shared strategies to combat the phenomenon of foreign fighters and developments in our joint efforts to disrupt and degrade ISIL in Iraq. (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.



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