A group photo with the Ambassador for Women and Girls with male and female staff from Marie Stopes Timor Leste and the Ministry of Health at the Community Health Clinic, Aileu Health Facility in Timor Leste.

We all have the power to be agents of change, and we can all play a significant role in achieving gender equality. Through alliances, collaboration and partnership, the impact of individual efforts can be multiplied to be much more powerful.

By Richard Court AC, Australia’s Ambassador to Japan Ever since the first Aboriginal art exhibition appeared in Tokyo in 1965, Japan has been fascinated with Australia’s ancient yet modern indigenous cultures. It’s a fascination I’ve been proud to see grow this year as Australia’s First Peoples have taken a starring role in the Australia now […]

By Nick Volk, Team Leader of the DFAT-funded pastoral care support program, managed by Palladium for the Pacific Microstates – Northern Australia Worker Pilot Program.   I have had the privilege to write about my work with Australia’s labour mobility programs and the achievements of the workers before. Today I would like to talk about […]

A look behind the scenes of passport production

Most people don’t realise the complex processes and technology involved in making the 14 million active Australian passports in use today. A new series of short videos aim to show the innovation behind our highly secure passports.

My experience as an intern in the Australian Embassy in Japan has been everything I hoped it would be – and more! My understanding of international affairs and Japanese has increased and I have grown and developed as a person.

Being provided with the opportunity to live, study and work in Tokyo while on a New Colombo Plan scholarship has also been phenomenal. Whilst Tokyo is a busy, densely populated city, it never ceases to amaze me there is always green space, festivals to attend, and places to relax.  Life is never boring.

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.

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.

As Australia’s Ambassadors converge on Canberra for the very first Global Heads of Mission Meeting or GHOMM, we are poised to make a meaningful contribution to Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper.

Overall, it is a privilege to serve Australia abroad. There is never a day that I don’t marvel at the extraordinary role as well as the responsibilities I have been given. This spurs me to work hard and smart to make Australia proud.

In a few days, I will be joining over 100 of Australia’s Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls-General in Canberra for DFAT’s Global Heads of Mission Meeting – where my fellow Ambassadors and I have been tasked to think about how to best position our country in an increasingly uncertain and fractious world.