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.
As I arrive at the High Commission, which consists of 27 people, I greet Australians, Tongans and other nationalities. Together we seek to achieve a healthier and prosperous future for Tonga and maintain the strong relationship between our two countries.
My time in Indonesia has been transformative, both personally and professionally. I encourage all Australian students to take advantage of the New Colombo Plan initiative. Whatever their field, a well-rounded overseas experience in the Asia-Pacific region will help them gain a competitive edge in their careers, and, perhaps most importantly, help our generation of Australians better understand the dynamic and fascinating region we live in.
On International Women’s Day, DFAT's South-East Asia Mainland and Regional Division reflects on how women have shaped and inspired their work. The result is an important and diverse set of reflections from a group of skilled and bold women.
During a recent visit to a school in Thailand, Board Chair of the Australia-ASEAN Council, Christine Holgate experienced first-hand how the work of the council is changing lives.
Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, highlights how Australia Awards are changing the lives of women in Vietnam.
Our volunteers are at the forefront of Australia’s commitment to building greater understanding, tolerance and harmony in our region. Each and every one of these selfless people makes a contribution to the Australian Government’s strategic aim to improve the security and stability of Australia.