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.
Attending the World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) in Sydney???
The Australian High Commission offices in Pretoria and Nairobi will be processing visa applications for the WCOA. The High Commissions will only be able to assess applications that are lodged by 12 October 2018. Any applications lodged after this date may not be assessed in time to attend the congress.
If you are registered for the Congress but have not yet lodged, please lodge a complete application online with all the supporting documentation now! For information on the World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) in Sydney, please visit https://wcoa2018.sydney/
Irreecha Festival, the Oromo Thanksgiving festival and the biggest traditional Oromo event in Ethiopia will start on Sunday, 30th September 2018 and lasts for a week.
The Oromo People celebrate Irreecha to thank Waaqa (God) for the blessings and mercies they have received throughout the previous year.
The main celebration takes place in Debre Zeit (Bishoftu) and thousands of people are expected to attend.
Australians travelling to or through Debre Zeit (Bishoftu) are advised to heed local notices and exercise a high degree of caution if travelling in the area between 28 & 30 September.
Become a leader in your field and make a difference in your country.
Priority sectors include: agricultural productivity, extractives and public policy - sectors vary for each eligible African country.
Applications for Short Course Awards close on 15 January 2019.
For more information please visit www.australiaawardsafrica.org
Potential Australia Awards scholarships applicants, please beware of fraudulent scholarship agents.
TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE: Due to increasing unrest in Addis Ababa, Australian embassy staff will avoid non-essential travel until the situation calms. If you are concerned about an Australian national in Ethiopia please try to contact them directly in the first instance. #smartraveller
TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE: There are reports of unrest in Piazza and near Karl Square in Addis Ababa. Australian Embassy staff have been advised to restrict movement in these areas where possible. https://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/ethiopia
Travel Advice: Ethiopia
Reissued to advise that due to significant improvement in security situation, overall level of advice for Ethiopia was reduced from ‘reconsider your need to travel’ (level 3 of 4) to ‘exercise a high degree of caution’ (level 2 of 4).
The level of advice for Afar region was also reduced from ‘do not travel’ (level 4 of 4) to ‘reconsider your need to travel’ (level 3 of 4).
The Borena and Guji districts of Oromia region remain ‘reconsider your need to travel’ (level 3 of 4). All border areas except with Djibouti, and parts of Gambela and all of Somali region remain ‘do not travel’ (level 4 of 4).
ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2018
The Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa will be conducting a traditional dawn service followed by a breakfast on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 as part of the Centenary of ANZAC.
For attendance and details, please register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Program for the event will be forwarded to your address.
2018 Batman by-election
A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Batman in Victoria will be held on Saturday 17 March 2018.
You can check if you are enrolled in the Division of Batman, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AEDT Wednesday 14 February 2018.
In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. If you will be overseas on by-election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia before you go.
You can apply for a postal vote by completing a ‘Postal Vote Application’ on the AEC website. You should ensure that you apply for a postal vote as soon as possible to allow enough time for the ballot papers to reach you overseas before by-election day.
As per the recent Ethiopian directives, all documents originating from Australia must first be notarised by the respective notary public in Australia before the Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa is be able to notarize it.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia will not accept documents given or seen by the Australian Embassy in the form of affidavit, true copy or translated documents.
Application for Australia-Awards short course program for 2018 intake closes on 15 January 2018.
The available short courses for Ethiopians to apply are:
- Agricultural Productivity: Increasing the Development Impact of Agricultural Research
- Extractives: Macroeconomic Management in Resources Rich Countries
- Public Policy: Trade policy and negotiations
Detail information on each course can be found on the Australia Award website.
Interested applicants should apply through the following website
Travel advice for South Sudan
Australia can only provide limited consular assistance in #SouthSudan. Do not travel to South Sudan.
For more information, please visit: smartraveller.gov.au
Join the Youth, Skills & the Workforce of the Future challenge
Share your idea by 1 August 2017 to win a share of up to AU$2.8 million grant funding to scale the best and most innovative ideas. #YSWoF #SolveMIT
The World Bank estimates that 4 out of 5 children entering primary school today will eventually hold jobs that do not currently exist – and it is the world’s poorest communities that are likely to be the most adversely affected by shifts in job markets.
Join The Youth, Skills & the Workforce of the Future challenge #YSWoF - a partnership between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia (DFAT), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solve initiative and the Atlassian Foundation, seeking innovating ideas that will prepare young people for the workforce of the future.
DFAT is targeting ideas that impact developing countries, in particular those that address the needs of women and girls, and people with disability. We want your innovative ideas to prepare disadvantaged youth for the workforce of the future. (http:/bit.ly/solveyouth)
The Embassy's Passport office will be closed from 22 to 26 May 2017
The Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa's Passport office will be closed from 22 May - 26 May 2017.
The Embassy will not be processing any Passport application during this time.
The office will be reopened on Monday, 29 May 2017.
Are you thinking of applying for an Australia Award? Check out these great tips from some of our successful applicants.
See closing dates for your country here: http://www.australiaawardsafrica.org/
Foreign Policy White Paper Public Submissions Available Online
Short-term experts to undertake work in Ethiopia needed
The Australian Embassy has been informed that the Ethiopian Ministry of Industry and its EU development partner are looking for several short-term experts to undertake work in Ethiopia over the next 3 months. If you know of interested candidates, details can be found at the following links:
- Industrial Public Sector Reform and Capacity Building Expert (Short Term Assignment)
- Bamboo Textile Business Expert
- Consultant for Regional Leadership and Governance Project (2 Experts)
- Experts for Ethiopian Fashion Designers Association (Short Term)
For more information please visit: www.assortis.com
Short Course on ‘Macroeconomic Management in Resource Rich Countries’
The Government of Australia is pleased to offer short-term professional development opportunities to nationals of Ethiopia and other African countries.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in collaboration with the IMF Africa Training Institute, will deliver a short course on ‘Macroeconomic Management in Resource Rich Countries’ under the Australia Awards – Africa program. Applications are currently open and will close on Sunday, 30 April 2017.
Applications can be made through the Australia Awards Africa website www.australiaawardsafrica.org/
The course will be delivered at the IMF’s Africa Training Institute in Mauritius from 19 June to 07 July 2017, in collaboration with the Australian National University.
Enquiries relating to the course should be addressed to email@example.com
ANZAC Day 2017
ANZAC Day 2017 will be commemorated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with a Dawn Service followed by Breakfast. Australian and New Zealand expatriates living and visiting Addis Ababa are invited to attend.
Please register your attendance at firstname.lastname@example.org
Program for the event will be forwarded to your address.
Resident Chef - Status: Position filled.
Senior Policy Officer (South Sudan)/Visits Officer - Status: On hold.
Travel Advice (Ethiopia)
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
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
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call our 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Australia on +61 2 6261 3305.
World Humanitarian Day 2017
Australia works with the World Food Program to help people who are at risk of starvation or in dire need of food assistance.
Our partnership also helps prevent hunger and builds resilience in communities in or at risk of humanitarian need through programs that use food to promote economic growth.
In 2016-17, Australia provided $37 million in core funding to WFP, $3 million to support school feeding programs and a further $70.76 million in response to individual crises and operations. Click here to read more.
Photo credit: @wfp/Michael Tewelde
Second International Ballet Gala in Addis Ababa
The second International Ballet Stars Gala was a huge success with a spirit of dance, partnership and cultural exchange. The event raised over 250,000 Birr that will be donated to “Positive Action Charitable Organization," an organization that supports children who are afflicted by HIV.
Melaku Belay of Fendika and Destino dancers showcased traditional and modern dances including performances by disabled dancers.
Australian Choreographer Tim Podesta conducted a ballet dance workshop to unprivileged children from three charity organisations supported by the Australian Embassy through its Direct Aid Program.
The Australian Embassy is proud to sponsor the Second International Ballet Stars Gala.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) - 27 May to 3 June.
This year NRW marks two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey—the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and the 25th anniversary of the Mabo High Court decision.
This year’s theme is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’.
To learn more about NRW, visit Reconciliation Australia.
FM Bishop signed a multi-year commitment to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop signed a multi-year commitment ($44 million over four years) to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to respond rapidly to immediate need and providing critical support to underfunded crises.
The United Nations General Assembly created the CERF in 2005 as global fund which enables humanitarian partners to respond rapidly to immediate need and providing critical support to underfunded crises. Each year on average, CERF grants have helped humanitarian partners deliver critical health care to 20 million people, food assistance to 10 million people, water and sanitation to 8 million people, livelihood support to 5 million people, protection to 4 million people, and shelter to 1 million. In addition, the Fund supports protection services, nutrition programmes, mine action, emergency education and camp management for millions of people in need.
As the 10th overall top donor to CERF, Australia is a strong and consistent political and financial supporter to the Fund contributing a total of nearly AUD$136 million since 2006. On average, Australia has contributed approximately $11 million each year, and this is approximately 3 per cent of the total contribution CERF received between 2006 and 2016. Between 2012 and 2016, Australia provided US$66.218 million.
ACIAR Workshop in Addis Ababa
Final project meeting for the targeted approach to sorghum improvement in moisture stress areas of Ethiopia project was held on 3 May 2017. The workshop shared project achievements, key learnings and future opportunities for sorghum genetic improvement in Africa with stakeholders.
Film Screening by Indeginous Film Director Rachel Perkins
On 24 April 2017 the Australian Embassy screened an indigenous film “Bran Nue Dae” (Brand New Day), directed by the renowned Australian Indigenous Film Director, Rachel Perkins, at the Italian Cultural Institute.
Rachel Perkins visited Addis Ababa on 24 April. She conducted workshops with Addis Ababa University Film School and the Ethiopian Film Makers Association to share her experiences in the Australian film industry and some of the highlights of Aboriginal cinema.
Following in the footsteps of her activist father (Charles Perkins), Rachel Perkins’ filmmaking for more than twenty-five years has been concerned with the history and stories of her people, the Aboriginal people of Australia.
Visit to Albany City
Ambassador Mark Sawers visited the Albany in Southern Western Australia to connect with local business and communities and explain how the work of Australia’s diplomatic missions delivers benefits to regional Australia. He met a range of business and community organisations, the Albany Shire, the Great Southern Development Corporation, Water Corp and the University of Western Australia’s Albany campus. Ambassador Sawers also visited North Albany Senior High School where he presented on his role and discuss Australia leadership in the region and the world.
Global Heads of Missions Meeting (GHOMM) in Canberra
Ambassador Mark Sawers attended the Global Heads of Missions Meeting (GHOMM) held in Canberra from 27 to 30 March 2017.
The meeting brought together Australian ambassadors, high commissioners and consuls-general to make a direct contribution to the White Paper through discussions on Australia’s foreign, trade and development policy objectives and the global environment in which Australia is seeking to achieve them.
At the GHOMM Ambassador Sawers represented Australian missions in Africa to advocate the idea “Strengthening Water Security in Africa” at the Ambassadors Foreign Policy Ideas Challenge final pitch event.
In his speech he stressed that it is timely to consolidate and extend Australia’s role as a steward of sustainable water resource management. Australia’s drought experience and world-leading water management tools can strengthen water security in Africa. An Australian developed framework (WaterGuide) can help improve water resource management, and develop roadmaps for long-term sustainable water planning.
Condoning vandalism in Ethiopia for a cause
Ethiopia is a nation with a long and proud history that spans millennia. Rarely, if ever, have the pages of that history featured the words 'street artists' or 'skate park'.
With the assistance of the Australian Embassy, that has now changed. The Yok and Sheryo, two internationally renowned Australian street artists, responded to an invitation in late 2016 to help decorate the first skate park in Ethiopia. As part of the venture, the Australian Embassy connected the artists with the School of St Yared - a local not for profit school for underprivileged children run by an Australian NGO and funded by the Direct Aid Pprogram.
The Yok and Sheryo, who were raised on Ren and Stimpy cartoons in Melbourne's inner suburbs, taught a week of lessons at the school as very special guests and imparted their love of artistic expression. During the classes, the children were encouraged to consider their hopes for the future and sources of inspiration. Through the magic of art, the Yok and Sheryo subsequently used these messages as their inspiration for a series of large scale murals that were spray painted across buildings on the school campus - to the delight of staff and students alike.
The murals were painted on demountable buildings and will follow the school as it attempts to expand and offer its services to a wider pool of deserving potential students. The Yok and Sheryo continue to be spoken about in reverential terms by the kids at St Yared's and the inverse is equally true. In an effort to try and convey the experience of the project, the artists have produced a video.
World Water Day
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.
Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2017, the theme is “Wastewater.” Globally, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused – polluting drinking and bathing and irrigation and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.
Reducing and safely treating and reusing wastewater, for example in agriculture and aquaculture, protects worker, farmers and consumers promotes food security, health and wellbeing.
Australia Awards–Africa recipients return home with new ideas and knowledge, and the ability to make a significant contribution to their home countries as leaders in the field. Alumni are able to bring solutions to bringing fresh accessible water to their communities and home countries, as highlighted by Australia Awards Alumnus Simeneh Shiferaw Moges from Ethiopia.
Design Your Life (DYL) project, workshop conducted
The Australian Embassy partnered with Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) Ethiopia to launch “Design Your Life (DYL) Project” - to promote young women's leadership development.
The project’s core objective is to support young women to effectively plan and manage their lives.
In February 2017 the Project organized a workshop to help members reflect on where they are now and acknowledge their accomplishments.
The project is currently run at universities in Addis Ababa and Hawassa.
Celebrating International Women’s Day 2017
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 for International Women's Day, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is focusing on Australia's contribution to women's economic empowerment through aid, trade and economic diplomacy. This is in line with the priority theme at the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), which focuses on Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work. Women's economic empowerment is a significant driver of economic growth and prosperity. #WomensEmpowerment
Australian support for Somalia and South Sudan continues.
On 1 March 2017, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, announced that the Australian Government is contributing an additional $20 million towards helping more than 13 million people in South Sudan and Somalia suffering from critical food shortages caused by conflict and severe drought.
Australia's assistance will provide emergency food and nutrition, health services, water and sanitation, and agricultural livelihoods support to vulnerable communities, particularly women and children.
World Day against Death Penality
Australia opposes the death penalty because it has no place in a modern justice system.
HE Mark Sawers (credit: Australian Embassy)
(Read more: Media Release by Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP)
Empowering of women ‘key pillar’ of foreign aid
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)
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
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)
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/.