Australian Embassy
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


Australia Awards 2015 - Make a difference with an Australia Awards Short Course

The Australian Government is offering prestigious development scholarships to African Professionals.  Through study and practical experiences, scholars will gain the skills and knowledge to drive economic and social development in their home country.

Australia Awards short courses (2016 intake): 

Targeted professional development in specialised fields delivered in both Africa and Australia.

Agriculture:  Applications are now open

Agriculture remains a priority sector for application intakes, and for the Australian Government.  Scholars can choose to participate in short course focussed on agricultural productivity, such as agribusiness, agricultural research or sustainable fisheries. 

Public Policy:  Applications are now open

Public Policy remains a priority sector for application intakes, and for the Australian Government.  Scholars can choose to participate in public policy focused short course specialising in International trade policy and negotiations, public private partnerships for infrastructure development and ocean governance.

Apply by 18 December 2015.

To view other priority sectors, check your country page on the Australia Awards website.

The application process is open and competitive, providing equal opportunity regardless of gender, ethnicity or disability.

The Australian Government strongly encourages applications from women. Mechanisms are in place to support the participation of people with disability.

For more information go to: 

 Photo Exhibition on 50 Years of Australia-Ethiopia Diplomatic Relations

Photo: NAA, A1200, L74576

This year marks the 50th year anniversary of Australia-Ethiopia diplomatic relations.

As part of these anniversary celebrations, the Australian Embassy is hosting a photographic exhibition to illustrate Australia's strong and longstanding people-to-people links with Ethiopia.

The photo exhibition runs from 22 July to 7 August 2015 at the Ethnological Museum, Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University. Opening hours 9:00am - 4:30pm.

The Embassy cordially invites you to visit the photographic exhibition.  The exhibition will tour around in Addis Ababa until mid-December 2015.

For further information, please contact Ms Mekeleya Bargicho, Public Affairs Manager, on +251 911 523549 or email



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 or or call our 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Australia on +61 2 6261 3305.



AU PSC Open Session on Women Peace and Security

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 Humanitarian Fund. (Media Release)


United Nations’ 70th Anniversary - 24 October

The Sydney Opera House

The world will celebrate the United Nations’ 70th anniversary on 24 October 2015. Seventy years ago, on 24 October 1945, the United Nations was born through the entry into force of the UN Charter.

United Nations Day this year is a timely opportunity for global citizens to unite and celebrate the UN’s achievements and the important role it continues to play in international peace and security, development and the promotion of human rights.

Australia played a significant part in drafting the UN Charter in 1945, and has played an active role across the UN’s agenda over the past 70 years. Australia is committed to helping shape the UN so that it continues to provide an effective platform for international cooperation to address the global challenges of today and the future.

To mark UN Day, landmarks across Australia will be illuminated blue – the official colour of the UN - on 24 October as part of the global Turn the World #UNBlue campaign.

Other landmarks throughout the world will follow Australia’s lead including the Empire State Building, UN Headquarters, Tokyo's SkyTree Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Athen's Temple of Zeus and Edinburgh Castle.

Turn the World #UNBlue aims to unite global citizens by promoting the UN’s message of peace, development and human rights.  (more...)



World Polio Day - 24 October

The Australian Government is committed to eradicate polio and has dedicated $72 million for polio eradication and routine immunisation over the next four years. This is in addition to the $20 million already committed to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 2014/2015.

To eradicate polio globally we need targeted programs in the remaining endemic countries as well as strong routine immunisations in all countries, to maintain polio-free status.

The global polio effort is reaching the ‘endgame’ stage with priority directed at the remaining endemic areas in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The world is on the verge of ending polio, eradicating a human disease for the second time in history. 



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


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.


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s new cabinet sworn in today

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised a ‘government for the 21st Century’ as he presented his new ministry to be sworn in by the Governor General in Canberra today.

“A ministry whose composition and focus reflect our determination to ensure Australia seizes the opportunities at this the most exciting times in human history,” Mr Turnbull said.

In a press release issued today, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs said “The representation of women in Cabinet has increased under the Turnbull Government with five women appointed.”

She added “I am delighted to be joined in Cabinet and the National Security Committee by Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Australia’s first female defence minister. Fellow Western Australian Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer together with the Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health will join Cabinet. The Cabinet reshuffle has also strengthened Australia’s foreign affairs and trade portfolio, with four Ministers appointed to represent Australia on the world stage.”

To read more: 

-  Changes to the Ministry, Media Release by The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister

-  Boost for women in cabinet reshuffle, Media Release by The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Black Jesus Experience and Mulatu Astatke: 50th Anniversary of Australian-Ethiopian Relations concert 

Media Release, 24 June 2015

The Australian Embassy Addis Ababa is proud to present Australia’s-own The Black Jesus Experience performing together with the father of Ethio-Jazz, Mulatu Astatke. The concert will be held at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 and is part of our celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Australia and Ethiopia’s diplomatic relationship which was established on 13 December 1965.

A lot has changed in Ethiopia since 1965 and the pace of change has clearly quickened in the last two decades. The next generation in Ethiopia, who are the main focus of this event, are inheriting a country that is once again on the rise. Australia is one of many countries watching what you do with the opportunities you have now and into the future with great hope and interest. Whenever possible we would like to be a partner in that journey.

According to Australian Ambassador, Mark Sawers:  'Australia is a diverse and innovative country with a lot to offer. As Ethiopia continues to evolve before our eyes, we hope that our relationship will also grow and evolve. Tonight’s event is a symbolic invitation to current and future generations of bright, enthusiastic Ethiopians to think of Australia as somewhere that is open to your ideas. Whether it is music, agriculture, tourism, mining, science and technology or higher education – there are Australians with the expertise to be a valuable partner, and we’re listening.‘

The event is another small step towards ensuring that the relationship between Australia and Ethiopia will continue to grow as a new generation of leaders emerges in both of our countries.  (Read more: Media Release)

2015 Australia Awards in Africa Alumni Ambassadors Workshop was held in Accra

Esubalew Birhanu

The 2015 Australia Awards in Africa Alumni Ambassadors Workshop was held in Accra from 3-5 June with 14 newly appointed Ambassadors from around the continent. The Workshop aimed to build the capacity of the 2015 Ambassador cohort, preparing them for their volunteer role and involvement in Australia Awards operations.

Established in 2013, the Alumni Ambassador program taps into the enormous potential of Alumni through the contributions of a cadre of volunteer champions across the continent committed to promoting and representing Australia Awards and further raising the profile of Australia in Africa.

At the Workshop in Accra, Esubalew Birhanu from Ethiopia attended, learning new skills to complement his Alumni Ambassador role in 2015.

Read the full Alumni Ambassador Workshop story here.  

Reintegration workshops held for graduating students

Reintegration workshops for graduating students were held in April in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane. Awardees from a variety of Australian institutions were invited to attend, including 3 from Ethiopia.

At the workshops, Awardees were given the opportunity to reflect on and modify their reintegration plans through the Reintegration Planning Portal, ensuring alignment of Award- acquired skills and knowledge with their planned development contributions for implementation on return home.

In addition, they were able to further build their soft skills in areas of leadership, managing resistance to change, and stakeholder communication.

The workshops also provided Awardees with detailed information on their Alumni transition, including opportunities for engagement as part of the Alumni Network across Africa.  (More:  Australia Awards

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

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 Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Mines, Ministry of Civil Service, Ministry of Water and Energy, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopian Sugar Corporation and Ethio Telecom.

“This Welcome Home function celebrates the achievements of these scholars in completing their postgraduate studies in Australia. They are now better positioned to contribute to national and regional development,” said H.E. Mark Sawers, Australian Ambassador to Ethiopia speaking at the event’s opening. “We also look forward to maintaining strong links with them as members of our Alumni network.”

The Australian Government has been a partner in supporting development efforts in Ethiopia and the Australia Awards scholarship program is a key mechanism of its aid program. Since 2011, over 170 scholarships have been provided to Ethiopians for Masters, PhD and professional development courses funded by the Australian Government.  (Read more:  Media Release, Australian Awards)

Australia Awardee – addressing HIV knowledge in Ethiopia

Dr Noah, CPC Research Lab - Sydney University                             Photo Credit:  Australia Awards - Africa

Discriminatory health care services will miss the most at-risk populations and fail to control the HIV pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa, according to Ethiopian doctor, and Australia Award Scholar, Dr Noah.

Speaking on World AIDS Day, recipient of an Australia Awards double degree Scholarship to study HIV, STI & Sexual Health at the University of Sydney, Dr Noah said he planned to use his Award to address the poorly planned sexual and reproductive health services in Ethiopia on his return.

“My work to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic will cover a number of facets, including clinical care to people with STIs and HIV, research, teaching, and contribution to public health policy making and program delivery,” he said.

“Working specifically in the public health sector, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health services, nearly half of my work could be focused on HIV/AIDS, and I hope to be actively involved in making better health policies and conducting both scientific and public health research to direct those policies in order to ensure at-risk people are taken care of.”

Dr Noah said knowledge about HIV transmission, critical to bring about behavioral change and reduce vulnerability to HIV/AIDS, remains low in Ethiopia.

“That is why I believe more work is necessary to improve the overall comprehensive knowledge about HIV transmission through health promotion, especially targeting women, people with physical and intellectual disabilities, and residents of rural areas.”

Importantly, Dr Noah is using his time on Award in Australia to make key contacts in the sector who he will be able to call upon for advice when he returns home. He said working as a volunteer at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne earlier this year provided a huge opportunity to meet and network with HIV/AIDS experts from around the globe.

With approximately 24.7 million people in sub-Saharan Africa living with HIV, the Australian Government’s commitment to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS on the continent, and reducing the stigma associated with it, is underlined by its investment in Australia Awards Scholarships and Fellowships.

Australia Awards is training more African health professionals to assist in the prevention and management of HIV/AIDS in their countries through the provision of Masters-level scholarships with a focus on public health.

Click here for more information on how Australia Awards assists in the fight against HIV in Africa.

We have moved!

The Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa has moved to its new office located at Bole Sub City, Woreda 03 (Turkish Compound, off Cape Verde Street) on 1 July 2014.

The Embassy can be reached on Telephone +251 116 672 678, Fax +251 116 672 868 and e-mail

Have you studied in Australia under Australian Government Funded Program?

Register now on the alumni database

And benefit from:

  • International professional development workshops and training
  • Financial support to form an alumni association
  • A small grants scheme to support professional development activities
  • Resources to assist alumni in implementing reintegration plans
  • Opportunities to engage with other alumni and new awardees
  • And more ...

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