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Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Brussels. Our role is to promote Australia's relationships with Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union, and NATO. The Embassy is open from 08.30am to 5:00pm weekdays, except public holidays
Victorian State Election on 29 November
A Victorian State Election has been announced for 29 November. For more information please visit the Victorian Electoral Commission website or contact the VEC directly by telephone: +61 3 8620 1100, or email. Postal vote applications will be made available on the VEC website on 5 November.
United Nations World Food Day
The Australian Government on 16 October announced the launch of an agricultural research and development project in partnership with the Swiss-based Syngenta Foundation to mark World Food Day. This year’s WFD theme is Family Farming – “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” and aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. Read more
Enhancing Significant Investor Visa programme
The Government will expand and improve the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) programme as part of its broader competitiveness agenda. At present, SIVs are available for applicants having an eligible investment in Australia of A$5 million, for a minimum of four years. Read more
Asia–Europe Summit in Italy
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on 15 October announced that she will represent the Prime Minister this week at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Milan. ASEM links Asia and Europe through discussion on political, economic and cultural relations. The Meeting aims to generate initiatives, open up trade and investment opportunities and coordinate multilateral policies.The Summit involves 19 Asian countries and the ASEAN Secretariat, along with the 28 European Union member states, Norway, Switzerland and the European Commission. Read more
Australian Parliamentary Delegation Visit to Belgium
Australian parliamentary delegation meets the President of the European Council, Mr Herman Van Rompuy
An Australian parliamentary delegation, led by The Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives, visited Belgium and several other European countries in October 2014. In Brussels, the delegation met members of the European Parliament, senior NATO officials and Belgian Government representatives. The delegation was received by the President of the European Council, Mr Herman Van Rompuy, as well as the Vice President of the European Parliament, Mrs Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz. The delegation presented a significant Indigenous artwork to the European Parliament, accompanied by a manuscript of the Apology made by the Australian Parliament to Indigenous Australians in 2008.
Foreign investment in Australia reaches A$2.5 trillion
Statistics released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 1st October show that the total stock of foreign investment in Australia was A$2.5 trillion in 2013 – up 11.3 per cent on the previous year – the Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said. Read more
Ministerial Statement on Investment
Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb on 23 September presented and tabled the inaugural annual Investment Statement to the Australian Parliament. In a media statement Minister Robb noted how the Statement highlights the priority the Government has placed on attracting inbound capital to support our nation’s continued economic growth. Read more
United Nations Climate Summit
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on 24 September attended the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Summit to acknowledge the importance of climate action and the need to deliver a global climate change agreement in 2015. A key announcement was that Australia will host an Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit to focus on practical action in our region. Deforestation accounts for around 12 per cent of annual global emissions, with rapid rainforest loss in Australia’s region. Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt, will bring together ministers, major corporations and civil society in Sydney on 12 November to consider practical ways to protect rainforests. Read more
UNSC sanctions against terrorist fighters, recruiters and financers
In New York Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also welcomed the listing by the United Nations Security Council’s Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee of 16 individuals and entities known to be associated with ISIL, and other Al-Qaida linked terrorist organisations. The Security Council Committee – chaired by Australia – has listed these individuals and entities as part of a broader strategy to starve ISIL and its ilk of resources and funding. Read more
Australia provides assistance to women and girls in Iraq
On 20 Septmber Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced that Australia will provide $2 million in assistance to support the hundreds of thousands of women and girls affected by the ongoing violence in Iraq. This is part of the Australian Government’s efforts to help Iraq protect its people from the terror and brutality of ISIL. Read more
CAESIE announces second call from Priming Grants in 2014
CAESIE (Connecting Australian European Science & Innovation Excellence) has announced a second call for Priming Grants 2014. CAESIE is a bilateral partnership initiative programme between the European Union and Australia. The grant round offers a one-time grant of AUD 7,000/EU 4,800 to successful applicants to support initial meetings and discussions between new and emerging Researcher/SMEs partnerships. Expressions of Interests open from the 1st August-26th September 2014. Read more
Ambassador attends Last Post Ceremony and reception to mark sixty years of bugling for Antoon Verschoot
Former Ambassador Duncan Lewis presents a gift to Last Post Association bugler Antoon Verschoot in appreciation of his sixty years of service.
The former Ambassador, Duncan Lewis, attended the Last Post commemorative ceremony at Menin Gate in Ieper/Ypres on 27th August, which also marked 60 years of service for bugler Antoon Verschoot. The 89-year-old joined the buglers in 1954 and has performed at the Last Post more than 15,000 times. Mr Verschoot is the holder of numerous awards including being presented with the Order of Australia by the then Australian Prime Minister John Howard in 2002. The Ambassador has attended the ceremony many times since arriving in Belgium in November 2012. At the ceremony and reception in honour of Mr Verschoot he bade farewell to the veteran bugler and other members of the Last Post Association . This was Ambasasdor Lewis’ final visit to the Menin Gate prior to his return to Australia at the end of his posting.
The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove visit Belgium
The Governor-General of Australia, HE General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and his wife Lady Cosgrove visited Belgium on 27 and 28 July for a series of World War One (WWI) commemorative activities. These included laying wooden crosses inscribed with messages from Australian school children at cemeteries linked to Australia’s involvement in WWI, and visiting military and commemorative museums. The Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove had earlier been in the Netherlands, where they represented the Australian Government and people at ceremonies to receive caskets carrying victims of the MH17 air disaster.
DFAT Secretary Peter Varghese gives lecture on "The Lessons of European Integration for the Indo Pacific"
The Secretary of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Varghese AO, on 16 June gave the 2014 Schuman Lecture at the Centre for European Studies, Australian National University, Canberra. His lecture was titled "The Lessons of European Integration for the Indo Pacific". Read more
Australia is serving on the UN Security Council during 2014
Australia Unlimited - a representation of Australia, symbolising our growth and expansion
Membership of the G20 gives Australia the capacity to influence key policies relating to the global economy.