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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
State elections will be held in South Australia and Tasmania on Saturday 15th March. For more information on the elections please check the Electoral Commission of South Australia and Tasmania Electoral Commission websites respectively.
2014 Western Australian Senate election
An election for six new Senators for Western Australia will be held on Saturday 5 April 2014. You can check if you are enrolled to vote in Western Australia, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AWST Friday 7 March 2014. In person voting will NOT be available at Embassy for this election. You can apply online for a postal vote to be sent to you from Australia at www.aec.gov.au/overseas. For more information, visit the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au/wa-senate or contact the AEC via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (+61 2 6273 8606).
Australia Marks International Women's Day
The Australian Government is marking International Women's Day with a focus on our efforts and progress towards gender equality for women and girls around the world.International Women's Day, celebrated during the week of Saturday, 8 March, is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and consider what we can do to overcome the hurdles preventing their political, economic and social empowerment. Read more
Conclusion of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in Sydney
The first G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting concluded in Sydney on 21st February. It was the first on Australian soil as part of the country’s host year. In an unprecedented statement, the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors committed to implement policies to grow their collective GDP by more than 2 per cent above the current trajectory over the next five years. Read more
Embassy and Friends of Europe host event with Australia’s G20 Sherpa
Australia’s G20 Sherpa Dr Heather Smith participated in a panel discussion titled ‘Priorities and challenges for the G20 in Australia's presidency year’ while visiting Brussels on 28 January. Organised jointly by Friends of Europe think tank and the Australian Embassy in Brussels, the event was attended by more than 100 European Commission officials, members of the European Parliament, NGO representatives, academics, diplomats and media representatives. Dr Smith was joined on the panel by the EU’s G20 Sherpa António José Cabral, CEO of the Centre for European Policy Studies Karel Lannoo, and Professor Philomena Murray from the University of Melbourne.
ANZAC Day 2014 on the Western Front, Belgium
The Australian Embassy, in collaboration with local municipalities and the New Zealand Embassy, will organise a program of commemorations in Belgium on ANZAC Day, Friday 25th April. The day's program starts at 6am with the Dawn Service at Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood. Services then follow at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the Menin Gate in Ieper/Ypres and Toronto Avenue Cemetery in Ploegsteert. More information is available on this website including the Draft ANZAC Day 2014 Program and What to Expect and How to Prepare.
Ambassador Lewis celebrates Australia Day in Brussels
Ambassador Lewis about to cut an Australia Day cake (photo courtesy of Amber Thurecht)
Ambassador Duncan Lewis and Mrs Jenny Lewis attended the Australia Society Belgium’s Australia Day function in Brussels on Sunday 26th January. The event brought about 150 Australians and their families together to celebrate Australia’s national day. In a change from past winter BBQs, the Society adopted the local tradition of goûter out of respect for Belgium although adapted to include such Australian classics as sausage rolls, lamingtons and pavlovas. Ambassador Lewis enjoyed the festivities before speaking about the growing importance of Australia Day and cutting two large cakes. He had earlier sent out a message to all Australians in Belgium and Luxembourg wishing them a happy Australia Day. More photos
Robb to promote Australia's G20 trade and investment agenda at World Economic Forum
The Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb MP, will actively promote Australia's G20 agenda during a visit this week (22-25 January) to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland.Trade and investment have been identified by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as key themes that Australia will look to advance as we Chair and host the G20 later this year. Mr Robb said he would use his participation at the WEF to promote Australia's G20 trade and investment agenda at every opportunity with counterparts and business leaders.Read more
Public comment sought on consular services
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has invited the public to comment on the development of Australia's Consular Strategy for 2014-16. 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.