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  ANZAC DAY 2014    information on events in Washington DC
F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to transform Australia's air combat capability

Prime Minister, Minister for Defence : The Government has approved the acquisition of an additional 58 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.  The fifth generation F-35 is the most advanced fighter in production anywhere in the world and will make a vital contribution to our national security.  Together with the Super Hornet and Growler electronic warfare aircraft, the F-35 aircraft will ensure Australia maintains a regional air combat edge. The F-35 will also provide a major boost to the ADF’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.  The first F-35 aircraft will arrive in Australia in 2018 and enter service with the Royal Australian Air Force in 2020.  Australia has been working with the United States as a partner in the Joint Strike Fighter programme since the Coalition joined in 2002. Acquiring F-35 aircraft will reinforce the ADF’s ability to operate seamlessly with US forces and Australia’s capacity to continue supporting our shared strategic interests under the US alliance.  (more)

Foreign Minister Bishop Speaking with Syrian Refugee Children - UNHCR Registration Centre.

Australia provides $20 million for children affected by Syrian crisis

Foreign Minister Jule Bishop has announced that Australia will provide $20 million for children in Lebanon and Jordan who have fled across borders as refugees due to the Syrian crisis.  The funding will be provided to the United Nations’ ‘No Lost Generation’ initiative to help build better futures for these children by improving their education and addressing the violence and displacement they have faced.  Around half of the 2.7 million Syrian refugees are children, and around 70 per cent of these children are not attending school. Children are the most affected of the fighting - an entire generation is being shaped by fear and violence and, often, without an education. (more)

Australia and the EU sign declaration to strengthen development cooperation

Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and the European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs have signed a declaration which will enhance and broaden our international development partnership.  The declaration marks the commencement of delegated development programs in Fiji and in South Sudan where the European Union and Australia will administer aid on each other’s behalf. These arrangements – the European Union’s first with a non-European donor – bring Australia and the EU closer on development matters and will ensure our aid programmes are delivered more efficiently and effectively. (more)


Australia celebrates 40 years of ties with ASEAN

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Australia’s relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a significant milestone in a year of events which will culminate in the commemorative leaders’ summit in November.  Australia was one of the first countries to recognise ASEAN’s importance when we became ASEAN’s first dialogue partner. ASEAN member states now have a combined population of more than 600 million and economies of $2.4 trillion, at the heart of the dynamic Indo-Pacific region.    (more)

Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) Meeting in Hiroshima

As a co-founder of the NPDI, Australia is committed to this initiative to bring about the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons. As a nation we were instrumental in pursuing a comprehensive ban on nuclear tests. We have campaigned to bring that treaty into effect and we are now focussed on efforts to cap the production of fissile material used to make nuclear weapons.  (more)

Formal signing of Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) in Seoul
Korea-Australia FTA signed in Seoul

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb and his South Korean counterpart, the Minister for Trade, Industry and Energy Yoon Sang-jick, have formally signed the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) in Seoul.  This comes on the back of the successful conclusion of negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan, our second biggest trading partner, which the Abbott Government announced yesterday.  (more)

Be a Smartraveller this Anzac Day

With Anzac Day approaching, all Australians planning to travel to commemorative services in Turkey, France or Belgium are urged to read the new Anzac Day Smartraveller bulletin issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The bulletin should be read in conjunction with the travel advisories for Turkey, France and Belgium. We strongly advise all Australians travelling to commemorative services abroad to register their travel and contact details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, subscribe to Smartraveller to receive travel advice and travel bulletin updates by e-mail, and take out comprehensive travel insurance. (more)

On Exhibit:  SEQUESTER

Sequester presents six Australian contemporary artists currently working out of New York City and London: Simone Douglas, Patrick Foster & Jen Berean, Matthew Griffin, Christopher Hanrahan and Rob McLeish. Like a science experiment these artists have been selected based upon an empirical set of rules. The artists all live and work outside of Australia and they have all in varying degrees worked as educators.  Through the collation of these artists and the juxtaposition of their methods, Sequester demonstrates the ability of artists to examine and elucidate the vast complexities of lived experience with a remarkable economy of means.  (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

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 Strengthening the relationship between Australia and the United States in Business, Innovation & Culture.

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