Australian Embassy
Ethiopia
Djibouti, South Sudan, Central African Republic

Australian Embassy in Ethiopia

Welcome Message from the Ambassador

HE Mark Sawers

Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy, Addis Ababa.   

The Embassy has responsibility for Australia’s relations with Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan, Central African Republic and the African Union (AU).

As the second most populous country in Africa, Ethiopia is an important regional leader, and Australia looks forward to developing our already warm bilateral relationship further. We also aim to build deeper relations with Djibouti, an important regional transport hub, which also supports vital anti-piracy activities in the Indian Ocean region.

The AU plays a central role in the economic and social development and peace and security of the African continent and it is an important focus of Australia’s relationship with the whole region. 

Across Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan, Central African Republic and the AU, Australia supports cooperation in the areas of peace and security, human resource development, food security, agriculture, and mining good governance. Australia has a strong stake in the economic development of the region and has much to offer in the areas of mining, agriculture and education.

I hope this website will assist you to understand more about Australia, its Government and its people. Australia is an inspiring and unique country with a strong economy, a diverse, multicultural society, a wealth of natural wonders, and a firm commitment to forging positive partnerships around the globe.

I appreciate your interest in Australia and hope you too can contribute to stronger relations with Australia in all fields.

Mark Sawers

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Announcements

26.08.2016

Happy Meskel!

The Australian Embassy wishes Ethiopian Orthodox Christians a Happy Meskel.

The Embassy will be closed in the afternoon of Monday, 26 Sept from 12:30 pm and on Tuesday, 27 Sept for Meskel Holiday.

For urgent consular matters, please call +61 262 611490.

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Travel Advice (Ethiopia)

08.09.2016

Travel advice for Ethiopia has been reviewed and reissued.

Protests and demonstrations continue throughout the Oromia and Amhara regions of Ethiopia, and may occur in the capital, Addis Ababa. A number of deaths and injuries have been reported as a result of protests turning violent (see Safety and security). 

The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Ethiopia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

For a full text of the revised advice please refer to:  http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/africa/east/Pages/ethiopia.aspx

Please ensure your travel plans are registered at www.Smartraveller.gov.au

Should you require emergency consular assistance, please contact the Australian Embassy Addis Ababa +251 (0) 116 672 678 or the Consular Emergency Centre, DFAT Canberra +61 (0) 2 6261 3305

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Make a difference with Australia Awards

06.09.2016

Australia Awards are the flagship of the Australian development cooperation program and are an important component of Australia’s investment in education.

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The Humanitarian Supplies Challenge

02.09.2016

Increasing humanitarian needs means we must find more efficient ways to deliver humanitarian assistance. The Humanitarian Supplies Challenge is a call for innovative solutions that can help save lives in emergencies.

Through the Humanitarian Supplies Challenge DFAT invites you to share your new and improved methods of delivering assistance to help those affected by humanitarian disasters in three key areas: access to clean water; generating off-grid energy; and safe; temporary shelter.

Applications close 5:00 PM AEST on 30 September 2016.

Find out more or enter the Challenge now at www.dfat.gov.au/hrsc

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Australian short term professional development awards

16.08.2016

The Government of Australia is pleased to off­er short term professional development awards to citizens of Ethiopia and other African countries in priority development sectors.

Since 2010, Ethiopian citizens have been undertaking short and long term studies both in Australia and Africa sponsored by the Australian Government through Australia Awards. They are currently eligible to apply for Australia Awards Short Courses.

Applications for short courses in Agriculture and Public Policy will be open 1 September 2015 – 18 December 2016.

  Short Course One  Short Course Two
Sector Agricultural Productivity Public Policy
Course Name Increasing the Development Impact of Agricultural Research Trade policy and negotiations
Duration 5 weeks 8 weeks
Date Oct – Nov 2016 17 Oct - 9 Dec 2016
Location Nairobi, Kenya Cape Town, South Africa

For information on eligibility criteria and application process please visit the below site:

http://www.australiaawardsafrica.org/african-countries/ethiopia/awards/short-courses/

See attached Course Summaries for details on objectives, content and delivery, also available here: 

Women and persons with disability are encouraged to apply.

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Travel Advice (Ethiopia)

11.08.2016

The following travel advice has been updated:

Ethiopia: http://smartraveller.gov.au/…/afri…/east/Pages/ethiopia.aspx

Current Advice Level (unchanged): Reconsider your need to travel

Latest update: Protests and demonstrations continue throughout Ethiopia, with significant clashes between protestors and police – including reported deaths – occurring in Gondar and surrounding areas of Amhara region.

At demonstrations held in Addis Ababa, protestors have been arrested. Australians should avoid large gatherings, remain alert to their surroundings and follow the instructions of local authorities (see Safety and security).

The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Ethiopia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

Please ensure your travel plans are registered at www.Smartraveller.gov.au

Should you require emergency consular assistance, please contact the Australian Embassy Addis Ababa +251 (0) 116 672 678 or the Consular Emergency Centre, DFAT Canberra +61 (0) 2 6261 3305

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Travel Advice (South Sudan)

On 15/07/2016 the Australian Government updated its travel advice for South Sudan:  A ceasefire is in place in Juba, though the situation remains tense and further violence is possible.

The airport in Juba has reopened to limited commercial services. Australians seeking to depart South Sudan should do so through commercial means. You should not attempt to travel to the airport without assessing that it is safe to do so.

The Australian Government's ability to provide consular assistance in South Sudan remains extremely limited.

The level of the travel advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians not to travel to South Sudan.

For a full text of the revised advice and to register your details, please visit:   http://smartraveller.gov.au/…/a…/east/Pages/south_sudan.aspx

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Travel Advice (Ethiopia)

14.07.2016

The Australian government’s travel advice for Ethiopia has been updated.

On 12 July 2016 there was a violent clash between protestors and police in Gondar and surrounding areas of Amhara region. Australians should avoid large gatherings, remain alert to their surroundings and follow the instructions of local authorities (see Safety and security).

The level of advice has not changed.  We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Ethiopia.  Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

Ethiopia:  http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/africa/east/Pages/ethiopia.aspx

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Travel Advice (South Sudan)

13.07.2016

On 13/07/2016, the Australian government updated its travel advice for South Sudan:    A ceasefire is in place in Juba, though the situation remains tense and further violence is possible. The airport in Juba is currently closed to commercial services, but will reportedly be opened for limited chartered services. You should not attempt to travel to the airport without assessing that it is safe to do so. Register on Smartraveller to help us contact you if this becomes necessary. The Australian Government's ability to provide consular assistance in South Sudan remains extremely limited. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians not to travel to South Sudan.

For a full text of the revised advice and to register your details, please visit: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au

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Travel Advice (South Sudan)

09.07.2016

Following the deterioration of the security situation in Juba, South Sudan on 7 and 8 July 2016, a number of incidents, including exchanges of gunfire have taken place. There was a surge in gunfire within the Juba city limits in the evening of 8 July. The situation remains tense and Australian Citizens are advised to remain in a safe location, avoid movement on the streets, and monitor the media and DFAT travel advice. Registration at www.smartraveller.gov.au is recommended for all Australian citizens to help us make contact if this becomes necessary. If you are aware of Australians who may not be registered encourage them to do so as soon as possible.

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Travel Advice

15.06.2016

The Travel Advice (Safety and Security Section) for Ethiopia has been updated to include information regarding recent clashes on border with Eritrea. The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Ethiopia. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country. http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/africa/east/Pages/ethiopia.aspx

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Euro 2016 in Addis!

10.06.2016

Australia will be taking on Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and a combined European Union team at the National Stadium this Saturday!!!

Australia will be represented by an All-Star team of 13 to 15 year old Ethiopians from the School of St Yared.   

The School of St Yared selects talented children from the poorest suburbs of Addis Ababa and provides them with an excellent education.  The School is run by an Australian NGO, Hope for Children, which is also supported by the Australian Embassy through the Direct Aid Program. 

Australia will be taking on Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and a combined European Union team at the National Stadium this Saturday!!!

Australia will be represented by an All-Star team of 13 to 15 year old Ethiopians from the School of St Yared.   

The School of St Yared selects talented children from the poorest suburbs of Addis Ababa and provides them with an excellent education.  The School is run by an Australian NGO, Hope for Children, which is also supported by the Australian Embassy through the Direct Aid Program. 

Australia will be taking on Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and a combined European Union team at the National Stadium this Saturday!!!

Australia will be represented by an All-Star team of 13 to 15 year old Ethiopians from the School of St Yared.

The School of St Yared selects talented children from the poorest suburbs of Addis Ababa and provides them with an excellent education. The School is run by an Australian NGO, Hope for Children, which is also supported by the Australian Embassy through the Direct Aid Program.

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International Ballet Gala in Addis Ababa

08.06.2016

The Ethiopian National Theatre was the center of the ballet world on Saturday, 4 June 2016, staging the first International Ballet Stars Gala.

The historic event brought 11 dancers from Australia, US, UK, South Africa, Italy, Brazil and Cuba joined by Ethiopian traditional dancers Melaku Belay and the Destino Dance Company.

The performance featured the works of renowned Australian Choreographer, Tim Podesta.

This charity performance raised funds to go to 'Our Father's Kitchen', local charity that daily feeds about 200 impoverished children.

The Australian Embassy is proud to sponsor the Ballet Gala exposing Addis Ababa to a world of ballet and be part of the noble cause behind.

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Australian Federal Election

26.05.2016

The Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 2 July 2016. It is now too late to enrol to vote for this election.

Online applications for a postal vote (for those already registered to vote) are available on the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au. Your application for a postal vote must be received by the AEC by 29 June 2016.

Please note that there will not be in person pre-poll voting at the Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa.

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ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2016

On 25 April this year, Australians and New Zealanders will commemorate the landing of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey during the First World War (1914-1918).

On this day, ANZAC Day, we remember the service and sacrifice, encompassing all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australia and New Zealand have been involved.

The Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa will be conducting a traditional dawn service followed by a breakfast on Monday, 25 April 2016 as part of the Centenary of ANZAC.

For attendance and details please register with the Australian Embassy on ph +251 11 667 2678, mobile +251 912 603 532, email senait.kelemu@dfat.gov.au or adba.info@dfat.gov.au

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Australian contributions to World Food Programme used to alleviate drought in Ethiopia and ongoing humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

16.02.2016

The Australian Government continues to make significant annual core funding contributions to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to help fight world hunger.  WFP has allocated more than AUD $29 million of Australia’s 2015/16 core funding to assist in crises across the African continent, including AUD $6.4 million to assist in alleviating the impacts of the ongoing drought in Ethiopia and AUD $1.5 million to respond to the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.  You can learn more about the WFP’s work in Ethiopia and South Sudan at https://www.wfp.org/countries

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Minister for International Development and the Pacific Steven Ciobo have announced that the Australian Government will provide an additional $10 million in response to crippling drought in Ethiopia.  Of this funding, $5.78 million will enable WFP to provide food and nutrition support, and $4.22 million will be provided to the UN managed Emergency Response Fund to meet critical humanitarian needs, such as the provision of water and health and sanitation services. You can find more information on the announcement at http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2016/jb_mr_160210b.aspx?w=tb1CaGpkPX%2FlS0K%2Bg9ZKEg%3D%3D.

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Join the Lowy Institute for a live panel discussion on soft power and the art of digital diplomacy

12.02.2015

Lowy Institute for International Policy

The Lowy Institute will live stream a panel discussion on soft power and the art of digital diplomacy on Monday 15 February, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.

The event will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/LowyInstitute

Further details on the event are available at:  http://www.lowyinstitute.org/events/event-political-selfie-soft-power-and-art-digital-diplomacy-join-facebook-and-lowy-institute-0

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will be live tweeting the event @dfat between 12:45pm and 2:00pm AEST.

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Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa takes over responsibility for the Republic of South Sudan and Central African Republic

The Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa has taken over responsibility for Australia’s relationship with South Sudan and Central African Republic.

If you are in South Sudan or Central African Republic and require consular assistance, you can contact the Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa on ph +251 11667 2868, email adba.consular@dfat.gov.au or adba.info@dfat.gov.au or call our 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Australia on +61 2 6261 3305.

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News

Empowering of women ‘key pillar’ of foreign aid

24.08.2016

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and the new Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Frances Adamson, have pledged to ensure that empowering women is a key pillar of Australia’s international aid  program. (Read more)

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World Humanitarian Day 2016

19.08.2016

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop marked World Humanitarian Day at an event co-hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Lowy Institute.

World Humanitarian Day recognises the aid workers who risk their lives to provide humanitarian assistance to people in need around the world.

Minister Bishop launched the Australian Government’s Humanitarian Strategy which articulates how DFAT will respond to humanitarian crises and ensures our humanitarian action aligns with and supports Australian Government priorities.

The Minister also launched DFAT’s Humanitarian Supplies Challenge, which is a $1 million investment by the Australian Government in new and innovative relief supplies to support communities in our region immediately after a crisis.

The Australian Government has a long history of providing humanitarian assistance around the world. In 2015-16, Australia responded to more than 20 crises, providing over $167 million in life-saving assistance.  (More:  World Humanitarian Day Keynote Address by The Hon Julie Bishop)

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UN World Day against Trafficking in Persons

08.08.2016

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) and the Attorney-General's Department (AGD) co-hosted a whole-of-government event on 4 August 2016 to commemorate the UN World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

The launch of the International Strategy earlier this year heralded a stronger focus on trafficking and slavery. This event built on the momentum of important work being done in the trafficking and slavery space by the Australian Government and partners.

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Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA) study tour

21.07.2016

DFAT, through the Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa, supported a Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA) study tour to Ethiopia by a multi-sector delegation from Ghana which focused on artisanal small scale gold mining.

The study tour aimed at strengthening collaboration between the Ethiopian and Ghanaian governments on key policy challenges in the mining sector.

The delegation drew several key policy lessons regarding the regulation of artisanal gold mining which they plan to implement on return to Ghana.

MEfDA is a joint project supported by the University of Western Australia’s Energy and Minerals Institute and the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute.

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Visit to Ethiopia by High-level Parliamentary and Trade delegation from Victoria

20.07.2016

A high-level Parliamentary and Trade delegation from Victoria are visiting Ethiopia this week with a view to strengthening bilateral relations based on trade and people to people links between Ethiopia and Australia.

The Australian Ambassador to Ethiopia HE Mr Mark Sawers along with the delegations took part in a number of high-level meetings with the Ministry of Education and House of Federations as well as a trade round table organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

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Ambassador Mark Sawers presented his letter of introduction to the Executive Secretary of IGAD

On 31 March, Ambassador Mark Sawers presented his letter of introduction from Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to HE Ambassador (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

Australia looks forward to continuing its collaboration with IGAD.

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Happy International Women's Day!

08.03.2016

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 year, to mark International Women’s Day, DFAT has produced Safe homes and safe communities, which details Australia’s commitment to ending all forms of violence against women and girls. The booklet features programs that provide women and girls with access to support services and justice, and prevent violence against women through awareness programs.

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Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Strategy

29.02.2016

With the launch of the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy, the Australian Government further promotes gender equality and the importance of constructively engaging women in society.

The strategy emphasises that empowering women and girls is critical to supporting economic growth, poverty reduction, development and security, particularly in our region. 

Media release: Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Strategy

Gender equality and women’s empowerment strategy

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Australia transforming the lives of marginalised communities in Ethiopia

18.02.16

Australia's Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mark Sawers, visited Australian-funded projects in Geega woreda, Afar region this week. With support from the Australian Government through Anglican Overseas Aid, the Afar Pastoralist Development Association has improved the health of more than 62,700 women and children and helped to reduce mother and child related deaths.

The funding provides access to primary health services including modern family planning methods, child vaccination, and safe and clean baby delivery services. It also helps to improve the key social determinants of health, such as nutrition, water and sanitation, economic development, literacy, and gender equity. Maternal death in Geega has dropped significantly during the life of the project.

The project through Anglican Overseas Aid and the Afar Pastoralist Development Association has been implemented in close collaboration with Ethiopian government agencies and local community members.

Media Release: Australia transforming the lives of marginalised communities in Ethiopia [PDF 1.30 MB]

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Visit to Tigrai Regional State

18.02.16

Australian Embassy team including Ambassador Mark Sawers visited the Tigrai Regional State early this month at the invitation of the Region's president.

The Regional State is developing a green economy by rehabilitating massively degraded areas.

The visit focused on sharing experiences and discussed Australia's extensive experience in environmental rehabilitation.

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Australian Embassy conducted Leadership Essentials training for members of Ethiopia-Australia Alumni Association (EAAA)

17.02.2016

The Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa hosted a three days highly participatory Leadership Essentials training to members of the Ethiopia Australia alumni. The training is designed to empower the Alumni.

"Ethiopians who studied in Australia have become an important bridge in the relationship between Australia and Ethiopia. As part of our engagement with Ethiopia, the Australian Government is keen to promote and foster important links between Australia and Ethiopia." - said Ambassador Mark Sawers.

The Australian Government acknowledges the potential and supports the growing alumni network of highly talented, motivated and qualified professionals who are well positioned to further contribute to their country's development.

The Embassy worked closely with the Ethiopian Alumni Ambassador and core group of enthusiastic alumni to lay the foundations for the development of the Ethiopia Australia Alumni Association. For further information on the Ethiopia Australia Alumni Association, please visit www.eth-aaa.org

Through the Australian Awards-Africa program the Australian Government has longstanding and close engagement with Africa, including Ethiopia. For more information on the Australian Awards-Africa Program, please visit www.australiaawardsafrica.org.

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AU PSC Open Session on Women Peace and Security

06.11.2015 

The African Union Pace and Security Council (AU PSC) held an open session on the implementation of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution 1325 on 5 November 2015.

Australia’s Ambassador HE Mark Sawers congratulated the AU Peace and Security Council on its decision to institutionalize an annual open session and highlighted some of Australia’s interventions and interest to make a number of contributions to help address the dire situation.

He remarked that “Australia has been a strong and consistent advocate for women, peace and security. This agenda was a priority for Australia during its term on the UN Security Council and remains a focus today. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to global peace and security.” (Click here for full text of the Ambassador’s speech.)

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Australian assistance to South Sudan and Somalia

The Australian Government is providing further humanitarian assistance to South Sudan and Somalia due to conflict and ongoing violence.
Over 1.6 million people have been forced from their homes and millions more are facing food shortages as a result of the conflict.

Today’s announcement of $10 million will provide emergency food, water, sanitation and shelter, through the United Nations South Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund. (Media Release)

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Australia’s candidacy for the United Nations Human Rights Council 2018-2020

The time has come for Australia to seek a seat on the Human Rights Council. Our inaugural candidacy reflects our commitment to the aims and purposes of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to the ongoing promotion and protection of human rights.

Australia was a founding member of the United Nations – we have been an advocate ever since for the purposes and principles of the UN Charter which support human rights.

For over 70 years, we have continued to advocate for these principles, remaining an international human rights leader. Australia has been a champion of the principle that all states be treated equally, no matter their size.

We stand by these principles today, especially in the context of advancing human rights in the Indo-Pacific region.

Australia is seeking a seat on 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.

This commitment reflects national values which are deeply embedded in Australian society and our respect for democracy and the rule of law. It also underpins the way we have always engaged with the international community – with active, practical advocacy, sensitivity and fairness, and a willingness to speak out against human rights violations and abuses.

Australia’s campaign is built on five pillars:

  • gender equality
  • good governance 
  • freedom of expression 
  • the rights of indigenous peoples
  • strong national human rights institutions and capacity building

These five pillars represent areas where Australia can advance human rights in practical, sensible ways that will have far-reaching systemic effects over time.  (Read more

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Deepening the Australia-Africa connection

Nine journalists from eight African countries arrived in Perth in September for an international media visit to learn about Australia and its relationship with the region.

Caption: Informative discussion on multiculturalism with DFAT State Office, respected Victorian representatives and African journalists.                            Credit: DFAT VIC State Office.

Beginning with the Africa Down Under Conference, which continues to be a focal point in Australia-Africa relations, the journalists mingled with Australian mining magnates, high-level investors and diverse African delegations. They took part in the press conference with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and met with the Australian High Commissioners to Africa.

‘The conference and press conference put everything into perspective. I believe I now have a better understanding of trade and bilateral relations between African states and Australia,’ remarked Faith Zaba, Political Editor at the Zimbabwe Independent.

‘For the first time I am actually aware of the extent of Australia’s involvement in Africa. I had no idea prior to this visit,’ said Estelle de Bruyn, Editor of Namibia’s Die Republikein, following a tour of the Doherty Institute, Australia’s world class medical research centre leading the fight against Ebola, HIV/AIDs and Tuberculosis—all infectious diseases of particular concern in Africa.

‘I didn’t expect the discussions to have been such a great source of news’ said Faith following an afternoon with Australia Awards students in Sydney. Discussions between journalists and the students continued to broaden understanding of Australia’s relationship with Africa.

At the end of the visit the journalists left with new friends, professional connections, and the knowledge that Australia has, and will continue to have, a broad and multifaceted engagement with the African continent.

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innovationXchange - Australia’s new aid paradigm

The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, launched innovationXchange, an initiative to revolutionise the delivery and effectiveness of Australia\'s aid program.

The $140 million project, the next phase of the Australian Government’s new aid paradigm, will mainstream innovation throughout the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. See Media Release and to find out more, please visit http://www.innovationxchange.dfat.gov.au/.

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Ethiopian Graduates from Australian Government-funded Scholarship Program Welcomed Back Home

The Australian Government recognized Ethiopians who returned home from their studies under a fully-funded Australia Awards scholarship. The ceremony was held on 18 February 2015 at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

They were joined by guests, including Alumni from the Australia Awards and International Mining for Development programs - both funded by the Australian Government - members of Alumni-employing organizations, representatives from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and dignitaries from key Ministries and government institutions, including the Min

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12.02.2015

The Lowy Institute will live stream a panel discussion on soft power and the art of digital diplomacy on Monday 15 February, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.

The event will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/LowyInstitute

Further details on the event are available at:  http://www.lowyinstitute.org/events/event-political-selfie-soft-power-and-art-digital-diplomacy-join-facebook-and-lowy-institute-0

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will be live tweeting the event @dfat between 12:45pm and 2:00pm AEST.

Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa takes over responsibility for the Republic of South Sudan and Central African Republic

The Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa has taken over responsibility for Australia’s relationship with South Sudan and Central African Republic.

If you are in South Sudan or Central African Republic and require consular assistance, you can contact the Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa on ph +251 11667 2868, email adba.consular@dfat.gov.au or adba.info@dfat.gov.au or call our 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Australia on +61 2 6261 3305.

News

Australia transforming the lives of marginalised communities in Ethiopia

18.02.16

Australia's Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mark Sawers, visited Australian-funded projects in Geega woreda, Afar region this week. With support from the Australian Government through Anglican Overseas Aid, the Afar Pastoralist Development Association has improved the health of more than 62,700 women and children and helped to reduce mother and child related deaths.

The funding provides access to primary health services including modern family planning methods, child vaccination, and safe and clean baby delivery services. It also helps to improve the key social determinants of health, such as nutrition, water and sanitation, economic development, literacy, and gender equity. Maternal death in Geega has dropped significantly during the life of the project.

The project through Anglican Overseas Aid and the Afar Pastoralist Development Association has been implemented in close collaboration with Ethiopian government agencies and local community members.

Media Release: Australia transforming the lives of marginalised communities in Ethiopia [PDF 1.30 MB]

Visit to Tigrai Regional State

18.02.16

Australian Embassy team including Ambassador Mark Sawers visited the Tigrai Regional State early this month at the invitation of the Region's president.

The Regional State is developing a green economy by rehabilitating massively degraded areas.

The visit focused on sharing experiences and discussed Australia's extensive experience in environmental rehabilitation.

Australian Embassy conducted Leadership Essentials training for members of Ethiopia-Australia Alumni Association (EAAA)

17.02.2016

The Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa hosted a three days highly participatory Leadership Essentials training to members of the Ethiopia Australia alumni. The training is designed to empower the Alumni.

"Ethiopians who studied in Australia have become an important bridge in the relationship between Australia and Ethiopia. As part of our engagement with Ethiopia, the Australian Government is keen to promote and foster important links between Australia and Ethiopia." - said Ambassador Mark Sawers.

The Australian Government acknowledges the potential and supports the growing alumni network of highly talented, motivated and qualified professionals who are well positioned to further contribute to their country's development.

The Embassy worked closely with the Ethiopian Alumni Ambassador and core group of enthusiastic alumni to lay the foundations for the development of the Ethiopia Australia Alumni Association. For further information on the Ethiopia Australia Alumni Association, please visit www.eth-aaa.org

Through the Australian Awards-Africa program the Australian Government has longstanding and close engagement with Africa, including Ethiopia. For more information on the Australian Awards-Africa Program, please visit www.australiaawardsafrica.org.

AU PSC Open Session on Women Peace and Security

06.11.2015 

The African Union Pace and Security Council (AU PSC) held an open session on the implementation of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution 1325 on 5 November 2015.

Australia’s Ambassador HE Mark Sawers congratulated the AU Peace and Security Council on its decision to institutionalize an annual open session and highlighted some of Australia’s interventions and interest to make a number of contributions to help address the dire situation.

He remarked that “Australia has been a strong and consistent advocate for women, peace and security. This agenda was a priority for Australia during its term on the UN Security Council and remains a focus today. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to global peace and security.” (Click here for full text of the Ambassador’s speech.)

Australian assistance to South Sudan and Somalia

The Australian Government is providing further humanitarian assistance to South Sudan and Somalia due to conflict and ongoing violence.
Over 1.6 million people have been forced from their homes and millions more are facing food shortages as a result of the conflict.

Today’s announcement of $10 million will provide emergency food, water, sanitation and shelter, through the United Nations South Sudan Common Human