DFAT has been on quite a journey over the past 20 years. We now have a growing cadre of highly skilled and motivated Indigenous officers who are advancing Australia’s national interests at home and abroad.

As part of Australia’s commitment to greater recognition of human rights, our embassies in the Mekong are working with governments and civil society to promote rights for LGBTI people.

Sesparlu Batch 18 with Former Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr Marty Natalegawa.

As one of the 13 members of Sesparlu Batch 18 — the Indonesian foreign ministry’s diplomatic training program — I had the privilege to be part of the program’s tenth anniversary intake with other diplomats from the Indo-Pacific.

The glitz and glitter that is Eurovision has now descended on Kyiv as Ukraine hosts the annual musical spectacle.

Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Harinder Sidhu on how it can be very busy and challenging being an Ambassador. But it is always rewarding.

Seventy years ago, Charles Frost arrived in Colombo as Australia’s first Commissioner to Ceylon. He became High Commissioner early the following year upon Ceylon’s independence. Since then, Ceylon has become Sri Lanka, and 22 Australian High Commissioners have called Colombo home.

Although Serbia is a European country, the sanctions of the 1990s and poor growth since have had a devastating effect on the quality of life for many people. Every second woman in rural Serbia is formally unemployed and the statistics are even worse for older women and women from disadvantaged groups.