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


Vacancy Announcement:  Executive Assistant to the Ambassador

The Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa is recruiting an Executive Assistant to the Ambassador.  For information on how to apply, click here.


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 or

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


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

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

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


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

Further details on the event are available at:

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


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.


Happy International Women's Day!


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.

Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Strategy


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

Australia transforming the lives of marginalised communities in Ethiopia


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


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)


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

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

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)


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.

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 Min