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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
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. Smartraveller advice for ANZAC Day in Gallipoli, France and Belgium can be found by clicking here.
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. Read more
2015 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships round opens
The Australian government has announced that the 2015 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships round is now open. It will close at 11.59 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on 30 June 2014. Information for applicants can be found at www.aei.gov.au/endeavour including applicant guidelines, FAQs and a link to the Endeavour online application system.
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, on 8th April formally signed the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) in Seoul. Read more
Historic Free Trade Agreement concluded with Japan
Australia has concluded negotiations on an historic Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan, our second biggest trading partner. This historic agreement is good for the Australian economy, good for jobs, good for farmers and good for consumers. Read more
Investment and trade opportunities for Australia in Europe
Advancing trade and investment opportunities for Australia, and Australian businesses in Europe, has been a key priority of during the Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's first official visit to the Netherlands, Switzerland and Poland, pursuant to the Government’s focus on “economic diplomacy”. Read more
2014 Western Australian Senate election results
An election for six new Senators for Western Australia was held on Saturday 5 April 2014. For information on the election results please visit the Australian Electoral Commission's website.
Ambassador Lewis attends event to welcome the new Chinese Ambassador to the EU
Pictured from left to right are Ambassadors H.E Mr Ong Eng Chuan (Singapore), H.E. Dato Serbini Ali (Brunei Darussalam and host), H.E. Duncan Lewis, H.E. Dato' Zainuddin Yahya (Malaysia - rear), H.E. Mrs Yang Yanyi (China and guest of honour), H.E. Mr Nopadol Gunavibol (Thailand) H.E. Ms Paula Wilson (New Zealand), H.E. Mr Pham Sanh Chau (Vietnam) and H.E. Mr Paw Lwin Sein (Myanmar).
The Australian Ambassador, Duncan Lewis, attended a working lunch on 10 March hosted by the Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam in Brussels H.E. Dato Serbini at his residence in honour of the recently arrived Chinese Ambassador to the European Union, H.E. Mrs Yang Yanyi. Also attending where other ambassadors from the Asia-Pacific region. The lunch was an opportunity to introduce the group and offer Ambassador Yang Yanyi views about diplomatic life in Belgium and the EU.
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
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.