Australian Embassy
Belgium, Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union and NATO

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.

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The Embassy will be closed for two public holidays on Monday 2nd May and Thursday 5th May.

 

Latest travel advice for Belgium, 30 March 2016

 On 22 March, terrorist attacks at Brussels airport and at Maalbeek metro station in the EU district of central Brussels killed 32 people and injured more than 300. Operations at Brussels airport remain severely disrupted and authorities have indicated they will remain so for some time. If you are scheduled to fly in or out of Brussels, you should contact your airline or travel agent for latest information on disruptions. Belgium's current National Terrorism Threat Level is Level 3 of 4, indicating that a serious and credible threat exists. Australians in Belgium should remain attentive to their surroundings, avoid affected areas and follow the instructions of local authorities. The level of advice has been lowered. We now advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Belgium.

 

Australia and Last Post Association Ieper congratulate Mr Benoit Mottrie on Order of Australia Award
The Australian government and the Last Post Association extend their warmest congratulations to Mr Benoit Mottrie, Chairman of the Last Post Association, who on 24 April was awarded an honorary medal in the Order of Australia. Read more

 

Preparing the way for an Australian-EU FTA
This week the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, the  Hon Steven Ciobo MP,  will work with the European Union and member state authorities to prepare the way for free trade agreement negotiations.  An Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement will open new export markets, creating opportunities for Australian businesses that will drive economic growth and create jobs. Read more

Anzac Day in Belgium 2016                                                

 

     

 

2016 Defence White Paper
On 25 February 2016, the Prime Minister, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, MP, and the Minister for Defence, Senator The Hon Marise Payne released the 2016 Defence White Paper, the Integrated Investment Program and the Defence Industry Policy Statement. Together, these three documents set out the Government's direction to Defence to guide our strategy, capability, and organisational and budget planning.  The 2016 Defence White Paper delivers on the Government’s commitment to the safety of the Australian people and to the defence our territory and national interests.  It sets out a comprehensive, responsible long term plan for Australia’s defence and includes a commitment to grow the Defence budget to two per cent of Australia’s Gross Domestic Product by 2020-21, increasing the Defence budget from $32.4 billion in 2016‑17 to $58.7 billion in 2025-26. Read more

International Women’s Day 2016
International Women’s Day is marked annually on 8 March to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women. It is a time to reflect on progress made in the past year and to recommit to addressing the persistent barriers to the realisation of full gender equality and women’s empowerment. This International Women’s Day comes at an important moment for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Last week, Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, launched the Department’s new Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy at Parliament House. Read more

Australia hosts Antarctic talks with China
Australian and Chinese officials met on 29 February in Hobart, Tasmania, for the first meeting of the Joint Committee on Antarctic and Southern Ocean Collaboration. Read more

New Australian Trade and Investment Minister appointed
The Hon Steven Ciobo MP was sworn in as the Minister for Trade and Investment on 18 February. In a media release Minister Ciobo said he was honoured to become Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment and that increasing trade and investment is at the heart of the Government’s plan to boost jobs and growth.

New Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific appointed
Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells was also sworn in on 18th February. Senator  Fierravanti-Wells said in a media release that she was honoured to be appointed as Minister for International Development and the Pacific  and was looking forward to working closely with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, in advancing Australia’s interests overseas.

 

     

 

Trade Minister Signs historic Trans Pacific Trade Pact (TPP) in New Zealand
The historic Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) – which will see the elimination of 98 per cent of tariffs among 12 countries – was formally signed on 4 February in New Zealand by the then Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb (pictured). The TPP is the world’s most significant trade and investment agreement finalised in more than two decades with member countries accounting for around 40 per cent of global GDP.. Read more

A$25 million increase in response to Syria and Iraq crises
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced an additional A$25 million in humanitarian assistance in response to the Syria and Iraq crises. This brings Australia’s total humanitarian response to the Syria crisis to $213.2 million since the conflict began in 2011, and for Iraq to A$45 million since 2014. Read more. Australia will also resettle an additional 12,000 refugees who are fleeing the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Read more

MIKTA Foreign Ministers’ joint statement on the North Korean nuclear test
We, the Foreign Ministers of MIKTA, deplore North Korea’s fourth nuclear test, which constitutes a clear threat to international peace and security. Read more                        

North Korea fourth nuclear test
Australia condemns in the strongest possible terms the provocative and dangerous behaviour of the North Korean regime, which claims to have detonated a nuclear bomb on 6 January. Read more

A$1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne on 7 December  announced Australia’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. The Government will invest A$1.1 billion to drive innovation and entrepreneurship, reward risk taking, support international collaboration and promote science, maths and computing in schools by focusing on four priority areas:

  • Culture and capital, to help businesses embrace risk and incentivise early stage investment in startups;
  • Collaboration, to increase the level of engagement between businesses, universities and the research sector to commercialise ideas and solve problems;
  • Talent and skills, to train Australian students for the jobs of the future and attract the world’s most innovative talent to Australia; and
  • Government as an exemplar, to lead by example in the way Government invests in and uses technology and data to deliver better quality services.

The Agenda is part of the Government’s commitment to establishing Australia as a leading innovation system. Read more

European Union FTA talks progress

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (R) is pictured with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk (centre) after their meeting. Photo credit: European Union

The then Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb says the commitment between Australia and the European Union (EU) to work towards the negotiation of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is a major step forward in unlocking exciting new trade and investment opportunities in Europe. In a joint statement released on 15 November Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to commence work aimed at launching negotiations, adding that an FTA ‘will support sustainable growth and investment, open up new commercial opportunities and promote innovation and employment in Australia and the EU.’ Read more

Australia to lead Green Climate Fund Board
Australia has been elected unanimously to lead the Green Climate Fund in 2016. The Green Climate Fund, which commenced in August 2012, is the world’s leading fund for addressing climate change in developing countries including those in our region. Read more

Australia's Candidacy to the Human Rights Council
Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop, and Attorney-General Senator, the Hon George Brandis QC, on 19 October officially launched Australia’s candidacy for membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2018-20 term. This is the first time Australia has sought membership of the Human Rights Council. Our inaugural candidacy embodies our commitment to the aims and purposes of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to the ongoing promotion and protection of human rights, both here in Australia and around the world. Read more

United Nations Security Council & Human Rights Council
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced Australia will be a candidate for the United Nations Security Council in 2029-30. The need for strong international cooperation to tackle global security challenges becomes more pressing each year. Australia seeks this term determined that elected members can and should make a difference in increasing the Security Council’s effectiveness in maintaining international peace and security. Read more

The Syrian and Iraqi Humanitarian Crisis
Australia will resettle an additional 12,000 refugees who are fleeing the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Our focus will be on those most in need – the women, children and families of persecuted minorities who have sought refuge from the conflict in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Read more
 

 

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2016 Defence White Paper
The historic Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) – which will see the elimination of 98 per cent of tariffs among 12 countries – was formally signed on 4 February in New Zealand by the then Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb (pictured). The TPP is the world’s most significant trade and investment agreement finalised in more than two decades with member countries accounting for around 40 per cent of global GDP.. . Read more