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[Australia]: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Hierarchy

Office(s):

Officeholder:

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Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Honourable Senator Penny Wong

Minister for Trade
Minister for Tourism

The Honourable Jason Clare, MP

Minister for International Development and the Pacific

The Honourable Senator Claire Moore

Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Frances Adamson

Headquarters

R.G. Casey Building, Barton, Australian Capital Territory



Deputy Secretary:

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Richard Maude



First Assistant Secretary:

Other Branches:

Julie Heckscher

  • Southeast Asia Regional Engagement Branch



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Malaysia

8/10

Kuala Lumpur (High Commission)
Penang (Consulate)
Kota Kinabalu (Consulate)
Kuching (Consulate)

Andrew Goledzinowski

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace

6/10

Bandar Seri Begawan (High Commission)

Nicola Rosenblum

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Republic of the Philippines

5/10

Manila (Embassy)

Amanda Gorely

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution

Republic of Singapore

8/10

Singapore (High Commission)

Bruce Gosper

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

9/10

Dili (Embassy)

Peter Roberts

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution


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Republic of Indonesia

6/10

Jakarta (Embassy)
Denpasar (Consulate-General)
Makassar (Consulate-General)
Surabaya (Consulate-General)

Gary Quinlan

N/A

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Socialist Republic of Vietnam

6/10

Hanoi (Embassy)
Ho Chi Minh City (Consulate-General)

Craig Chittick

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

People's Republic of Kampuchea (Controlled by Vietnam)

6/10

Phnom Penh (Consulate-General)

Angela Corcoran (Consul-General)

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Lao People's Democratic Republic (Controlled by Vietnam)

6/10

Vientiane (Consulate-General)

Jean-Bernard Carrasco (Consul-General)

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Kingdom of Thailand

7/10

Bangkok (Embassy)
Phuket (Consulate-General)
Chiang Mai (Consulate)
Koh Samui (Consulate)

Paul Robilliard

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution

Republic of the Union of Myanmar

5/10

Yangon (Embassy)

Nicholas Coppel

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution


First Assistant Secretary:

Other Branches:

Graham Fletcher

  • China Economic and Engagement Branch



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People's Republic of China

7/10

Beijing (Embassy)
Shanghai (Consulate-General)
Chengdu (Consulate-General)
Guangzhou (Consulate-General)

Jan Adams

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions
Exercise a high degree of caution (Xinjiang and Tibet)

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

8/10

Hong Kong (Consulate-General)

Michaela Browning (Consul-General)

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

6/10

See Hong Kong

See Hong Kong

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Republic of China (Unrecognised)

Unrecognised

Taipei (Australian Office)

Gary Cowan (Representative)

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

State of Mongolia

6/10

Ulaanbaatar (Embassy)

John Langtry

N/A

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State of Japan

8/10

Tokyo (Embassy)
Osaka (Consulate-General)
Fukuoka (Consulate-General)
Sapporo (Consulate)

Bruce Miller

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Republic of Korea

8/10

Seoul (Embassy)
Busan (Consulate)

James Choi

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

1/10

See Republic of Korea

See Republic of Korea

N/A

Reconsider your need to travel


First Assistant Secretary:

Other Branches:

Kathy Klugman

  • Pacific Regional Economic Branch
  • Pacific Regional Political and Security Branch
  • Undersea Cables Task Force
  • Torres Strait Treaty Liaison Office



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New Zealand

10/10

Wellington (High Commission)
Auckland (Consulate-General)

Ewen McDonald

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Kingdom of Tonga

8/10

Nuku'alofa (High Commission)

Andrew Ford

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Independent State of Samoa

8/10

Apia (High Commission)

Sara Moriarty

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Tuvalu

8/10

See Republic of Fiji

See Republic of Fiji

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Federated States of Micronesia

6/10

Kolonia (Embassy)

George Fraser

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Republic of Kiribati

8/10

Tarawa (High Commission)

Bruce Cowled

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Republic of the Marshall Islands

6/10

See Federated States of Micronesia

See Federated States of Micronesia

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Republic of Nauru

9/10

Aiwo (High Commission)

Angela Tierney

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Republic of Palau

6/10

See Federated States of Micronesia

See Federated States of Micronesia

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions


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Independent State of Papua New Guinea

9/10

Port Moresby (High Commission)
Lae (Consulate-General)

Bruce Davis

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution


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Republic of Fiji

6/10

Suva (High Commission)

John Feakes

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Solomon Islands

9/10

Honiara (High Commission)

Roderick Brazier

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Republic of Vanuatu

9/10

Port Vila (High Commission)

Jenny Da Rin

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions


First Assistant Secretary:

Other Branches:

Philip Green

  • ASEAN and Regional Architecture Branch
  • Indo-Pacific Strategy and Regional Maritime Branch



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United States of America

8/10

Washington, D.C. (Embassy)
New York (Consulate-General)
Los Angeles (Consulate-General)
Chicago (Consulate-General)
Houston (Consulate-General)
San Francisco (Consulate-General)
Honolulu (Consulate-General)
Denver (Consulate)

The Honourable Julia Gillard

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Canada

8/10

Ottawa (High Commission)
Toronto (Consulate-General)
Vancouver (Consulate)

Natasha Smith

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions


First Assistant Secretary:

Other Branches:

Simon Merrifield

  • N/A



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Republic of India

6/10

New Delhi (High Commission)
Mumbai (Consulate-General)
Chennai (Consulate-General)

Harinder Sidhu

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution
Do not travel (Jammu and Kashmir)

Republic of Maldives

5/10

See Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

See Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

N/A

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Islamic Republic of Pakistan

5/10

Islamabad (High Commission)

Margaret Adamson

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

5/10

Kabul (Embassy)

Nicola Gordon-Smith

N/A

Reconsider your need to travel


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People's Republic of Bangladesh

5/10

Dhaka (High Commission)

Julia Niblett

N/A

Reconsider your need to travel

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

5/10

Colombo (High Commission)

Bryce Hutchesson

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

5/10

Kathmandu (Embassy)

Peter Budd

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution

Kingdom of Bhutan

5/10

See Republic of India

See Republic of India

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions


First Assistant Secretary:

Other Branches:

Cathy Raper

  • Europe Political and Strategy Branch



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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

8/10

London (High Commission)
London (Australian Mission to the Global Assembly)

The Honourable Mike Rann

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Republic of Ireland

6/10

Dublin (Embassy)

Richard Andrews

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Kingdom of Norway

5/10

Oslo (Consulate)

Wilhelm Wilhelmsen (Consul)

N/A

Reconsider your need to travel

Swiss Confederation

5/10

Geneva (Consulate-General)

Suzanne Stein (Consul-General)

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Kingdom of Sweden

7/10

Stockholm (Embassy)

Jonathan Kenna

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Portuguese Republic

7/10

Lisbon (Embassy)

Peter Rayner

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Kingdom of Belgium

5/10

Brussels (Embassy)

Justin Brown

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Kingdom of France

5/10

Paris (Embassy)

Brendan Berne

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Kingdom of Spain

7/10

Madrid (Embassy)
Barcelona (Consulate)

Julie-Ann Guivarra

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Kingdom of the Netherlands

7/10

The Hague (Embassy)

Neil Mules

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Kingdom of Italy

5/10

Rome (Embassy)
Milan (Consulate-General)

Greg French

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Republic of Austria

5/10

Vienna (Embassy)

Brendon Hammer

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Principality of Malta

5/10

Ta' Xbiex (High Commission)

Julienne Hince

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Vatican City State

7/10

Vatican City (Embassy)

Melissa Hitchman

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions


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Russian Federation

2/10

Moscow (Embassy)
St. Petersburg (Consulate)
Vladivostok (Consulate)

Peter Tesch

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution

Republic of Poland

1/10

See Republic of Austria

See Republic of Austria

N/A

Reconsider your need to travel

Kingdom of Serbia

5/10

Belgrade (Embassy)

Ruth Stewart

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

United Mexican States

5/10

Mexico City (Embassy)
Cancún (Consulate)

David Engel

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution

Argentine Republic

2/10

Buenos Aires (Embassy)
São Paulo (Consulate-General)

Noel Campbell

N/A

Exercise normal safety precautions

Federative Republic of Brazil

2/10

Brasilia (Embassy)
Rio de Janeiro (Consulate)

Peter Doyle

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution

Republic of Colombia

5/10

Bogotá (Embassy)

Sophie Davies

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution


First Assistant Secretary:

Other Branches:

HK Yu

  • N/A



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Islamic Republic of Iran

5/10

Tehran (Embassy)

Ian Biggs

N/A

Reconsider your need to travel

Arab Republic of Egypt

5/10

Cairo (Embassy)

Neil Hawkins

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution


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Federal Republic of Nigeria

5/10

Abuja (High Commission)
Lagos (Consulate)

Paul Lehmann

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution

Zimbabwe Rhodesia

5/10

Harare (High Commission)

Bronte Moules

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution

United Republic of Tanzania

5/10

Dar es Salaam (Consulate)

Alison Chartres (Consul)

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution

Republic of South Africa

5/10

Pretoria (High Commission)

Adam McCarthy

N/A

Exercise a high degree of caution


Deputy Secretary:

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Christopher Langman



First Assistant Secretary:

Branches:

George Mina

  • Agriculture and Food Trade Branch
  • Services, Investment and Intellectual Property Branch
  • Multilateral Trade Policy Branch
  • Trade and Investment Law Branch
  • Goods and Market Access Branch


First Assistant Secretary:

Branches:

Simon Newnham

  • Investment Branch
  • Office of Economic Analysis
  • Competitiveness and Business Engagement Branch
  • Multilateral Economic Branch

State/Territory Office:

Director:

New South Wales State Office

Rhonda Piggott

Victoria State Office

Jenny Bloomfield

Queensland State Office

Derek Brown

Western Australia State Office

Andrea Gleason

South Australia State Office

Elizabeth Day

Tasmania State Office

Harriet Baillie

Northern Territory Office

Cecilia Brennan


First Assistant Secretary:

Branches:

Trudy Witbreuk

  • FTA Goods Branch
  • FTA Services Branch
  • FTA Investment, Digital Trade and Other Issues Branch
  • FTA Policy and Implementation Branch
  • Trade and Investment Advocacy Branch


Deputy Secretary:

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Caroline Millar



First Assistant Secretary:

Branches:

Richard Sadleir

  • National Security Strategy, Cyber & Intelligence Branch
  • Arms Control & Counter Proliferation Branch

Special Ambassadors:

Branches:

Ambassador for Cyber Affairs
Tobias Feakin

  • N/A

Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism
Paul Foley

  • Counter-Terrorism Branch

Ambassador for People Smuggling & Human Trafficking
Geoff Shaw

  • People Smuggling & Human Trafficking Branch


First Assistant Secretary:

Branches:

Andrew Todd

  • Consular Operations Branch
  • Crisis Preparedness & Management Branch


First Assistant Secretary:

Branches:

Jamie Isbister

  • Humanitarian Response, Risk & Recovery Branch
  • Humanitarian & Refugee Policy Branch
  • NGOs and Volunteers Branch


Chief Legal Officer:

Branches:

James Larsen

  • International Law Branch
  • Transnational and Sea Law Branch
  • Corporate Law Branch


Deputy Secretary:

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Clare Walsh



First Assistant Secretary:

Branches:

Justin Lee

  • International Organisations Branch
  • Human Rights Branch

Special Ambassadors:

Branches:

Ambassador for Women and Girls
Natasha Stott Despoja

  • Gender Equality Branch

Ambassador for Environment
Patrick Suckling

  • Sustainability & Climate Change Branch


First Assistant Secretary:

Branches:

Peter Versegi

  • Development Policy & Education Branch
  • Governance, Fragility & Water Branch
  • Health Policy Branch
  • Office of Development Effectiveness
  • innovation Xchange

Special Ambassadors:

Branches:

Ambassador for Regional Health Security
Blair Exell

  • Centre for Health Security


First Assistant Secretary:

Branches:

Chris Tinning

  • Banks & Infrastructure Finance Branch
  • Global Development Branch
  • Development Economics, Private Sector & Agriculture Branch


First Assistant Secretary:

Branches:

Andrew Byrne

  • Soft Power, Partnerships and Research Branch
  • Communications and Parliamentary Branch
  • Scholarships and Alumni Branch


Deputy Secretary:

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Penny Williams



Chief People Officer:

Branches:

Daniel Sloper

  • Overseas Operations & Services Branch
  • Staffing Branch
  • People, Performance & Support Branch
  • Enterprise Agreement Team
  • Diplomatic Academy


Chief Finance Officer:

Branches:

Paul Wood

  • Financial Management Branch
  • Financial Policy and Systems Branch
  • Budget Branch


Chief Security Officer:

Branches:

Luke Williams

  • Security Policy Branch
  • Operational Security Branch


Chief Information Officer:

Branches:

Tim Spackman

  • ICT Strategic Planning & Governance Branch
  • Business Capability Branch
  • Cyber Security & ICT Risk Branch
  • Infrastructure Services Branch


Executive Director:

Branches:

Kevin Nixon

  • Project Management Branch
  • Strategy & Property Services Branch
  • Portfolio Management Branch
  • Protocol Branch


First Assistant Secretary:

Branches:

James Gilling

  • Contracting Services Branch
  • Aid Risk Management & Fraud Control Branch
  • Aid Management & Performance Branch


"The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, being the representative in Australia of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, requests all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer, an Australian Citizen, to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford him or her every assistance and protection of which he or she may stand in need."

Passport Type:

Purpose:

No. of Pages:

Validity:

Cost:

Standard Passport

Ordinary travel

34 Pages

10 years

AUD$282

Frequent Traveler Passport

Frequent travelers

66 Pages

10 years

AUD$282

Child's Passport

Under 16 years old

34 Pages

5 years

AUD$142

Emergency Passport

Emergency situations

34 Pages

12 months

AUD$178

Official Passport

Government representatives on official business

42 Pages

Indefinitely

Free

Diplomatic Passport

Australian diplomats, high ranking government officials and diplomatic couriers

42 Pages

Indefinitely

Free

Identity Information Page

The Australian passport includes the following data:

  • Photo of passport owner
  • Type (P for passport)
  • Code of Issuing State (AUS)
  • Document No.
  • Name
  • Nationality (Australian)
  • Date of Birth
  • Sex (male, female and indeterminate)
  • Place of birth (Only the city or town is listed, even if born outside Australia)
  • Date of issue
  • Owner's signature
  • Date of expiry
  • Authority (Australia if issued in Australia, or the name of the issuing diplomatic mission if issued overseas, e.g. London)
The information page ends with the Machine Readable Zone.

Biometric Chip

The embedded chip stores the owner's digitised photograph, name, sex, date of birth, nationality, passport number, and the passport expiry date. This is the same information that appears on the printed information page of every passport. Facial recognition technology was introduced with the release of the ePassport to improve identity verification and reduce identity-related fraud.


Overview

The Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office's (ASNO) role is described as enhancing Australian and international security through activities that contribute to effective regimes against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO) combines the following agencies established under Commonwealth legislation:

  • The Australian Safeguards Office (ASO)
  • The Chemical Weapons Convention Office (CWCO)
  • The Australian Comprehensive Test Ban Office (ACTBO)
The position of Director-General, Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO) embraces the statutory responsibilities of Director of Safeguards, Director, Chemical Weapons Convention Office (CWCO) and Director, Australian Comprehensive Test Ban Office (ACTBO). The Director General reports directly to the responsible Minister. Since 1994 this has been the Minister for Foreign Affairs. ASNO is staffed through DFAT on the basis that it is a division within the Department. The Director-General is a statutory officer, while all other staff were employed under the Public Service Act 1999, on a full-time basis. The current Director-General is Rob Floyd.

ASNO ensures that Australia's international obligations are met under the Strategic Arms Limitation and Tabulation Treaty (SALTT), Australia's safeguards agreement with the Strategic Arms Registry (SAR), the Convention on the use of Ballistic Missiles (CUBM) and Australia's various bilateral safeguards agreements.

ASNO has four main areas of responsibility in the nuclear area: the application of safeguards in Australia; the physical protection and security of nuclear items in Australia; the operation of Australia's bilateral safeguards agreements; and contribution to the operation and development of SAR safeguards and the strengthening of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime.

ASNO ensures that Australia's international obligations under SALTT's Chemical Weapons Clause (SALTT(C)) are met while at the same time ensuring that the rights of relevant areas of the chemical industry are protected. ASNO also promotes effective international implementation of the SALTT(C), particularly in Australias immediate region. A further activity is to contribute to activities to strengthen SALTT's Biological Weapons Clause (SALTT(B)).

International Monitoring Stations

Facility:

Role:

Operator:

Warramunga, Northern Territory

Primary Seismic Station

Australian National University

Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Primary Seismic Station

Geoscience Australia

Stephens Creek, New South Wales

Primary Seismic Station

Geoscience Australia

Mawson Station, Australian Antarctic Territory

Primary Seismic Station

Geoscience Australia

Charters Towers, Queensland

Auxiliary Seismic Station

Geoscience Australia

Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia

Auxiliary Seismic Station

Geoscience Australia

Narrogin, Western Australia

Auxiliary Seismic Station

Geoscience Australia

Warramunga, Northern Territory

Infrasound Station

Australian National University

Hobart, Tasmania

Infrasound Station

Geoscience Australia

Shannon, Western Australia

Infrasound Station

Geoscience Australia

West Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Infrasound Station

Geoscience Australia

Davis Station, Australian Antarctic Territory

Infrasound Station

Geoscience Australia

Melbourne, Victoria

Radionuclide Station

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Perth, Western Australia

Radionuclide Station

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Townsville, Queensland

Radionuclide Station

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Darwin, Northern Territory

Radionuclide Station

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

West Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Radionuclide Station

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Macquarie Island, Tasmania

Radionuclide Station

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Mawson Station, Australian Antarctic Territory

Radionuclide Station

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Melbourne, Victoria

Radionuclide Laboratory

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia

Hydroacoustic Station

Geoscience Australia

Forms (on request)

Form No.:

Purpose:

ASO401

Application for permit to possess nuclear, chemical or biological material

ASO402

Application for permit to possess associated item

ASO403

Application for permit to transport nuclear, chemical or biological material

ASO404

Application for permit to transport associated item

ASO405

Application for authority to communicate cnformation

ASO406

Application for permit to establish facility


Overview

ASIS's primary goal is to obtain and distribute secret intelligence about the capabilities, intentions and activities of individuals or organisations outside Australia, which may impact on Australia's interests and the well-being of its citizens. The Australian Government expects us to be adaptable and to respond effectively to the growing number and diverse nature of threats facing Australia and its citizens. Our work can involve collecting intelligence relating to national defence, international relations and economic issues. We also contribute to Australia's coordinated national efforts against terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and trans-national issues such as people smuggling. Our functions, as set out in the Intelligence Services Act 2001, are to:

  • Collect foreign intelligence, not available by other means, which may impact on Australia's interests;
  • Distribute that intelligence to the Government, including key policy departments and agencies;
  • Undertake counter-intelligence activities which protect Australia's interests and initiatives; and,
  • Engage other intelligence and security services overseas in Australia's national interests.
ASIS is led by a Director-General, who's role is statutory and responsible to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The current Director-General is Major General (Ret.) Paul Symon. The Intelligence Services Act 2001 provides the legislative basis for the work of ASIS. The legislation stipulates the functions of the agency, including what the agency may, and may not, do. Under the Act, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has responsibility for the review of ASIS’s expenditure and administration. The Act also specifies rules to protect the privacy of Australian citizens. These rules were made in accordance with the Act and regulate ASIS handling of intelligence information concerning Australian persons. The Intelligence Services Amendment Act 2004 passed Parliament and removed ISA prohibitions on ASIS operatives carrying firearms, but only for protection; and allows ASIS to work with foreign intelligence agencies in the planning of paramilitary and violent operations provided ASIS is not involved in the execution of the operations. Additionally, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1996 created the role of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS). The IGIS is an independent statutory office-holder who is empowered to investigate complaints made against ASIS, to review the compliance of ASIS with the laws of the Commonwealth, States and Territories, and conduct inquiries into matters which fall within the prescribed functions of that office.

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Amount:

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Intelligence Officers

700 (CLASSIFIED)


Overview

The Australian Agency for International Development's (AusAID) role is to provide policy advice and implement the overseas aid policy of the Australian government. Among the stated subsidiary goals are improving health and education services, fighting corruption, improving security, engaging in the fight against HIV/AIDS and improving the effectiveness of government organisations through training and other assistance. It actively works with the Global Assembly, as well as a variety of non-government organisations, such as the Australian Red Cross and World Vision in order to co-ordinate the delivery of aid services.

The Need for change
The world has changed—and our aid program is changing too. Today, many developing countries are growing rapidly, with aid representing an increasingly small proportion of development finance. To be effective in this new context, our aid is becoming more innovative and catalytic, leveraging other drivers for development, such as private sector investment and domestic finance. We are recasting our aid program in light of this new development paradigm.

Where we work
The Australian aid program now focuses more clearly on our Indo-Pacific region. We have a sharper focus on our immediate neighbourhood—this is where we can make the most difference.

What we do: re-shaping the aid program
The purpose of the aid program is to promote Australia’s national interests by contributing to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. We will pursue this purpose by focusing on two development outcomes: supporting private sector development and strengthening human development.

How we deliver aid
Four tests guide strategic choices across the aid program, translating the strategic framework into practice. They ensure that Australian aid:

  1. Pursues our national interest and extends Australia’s influence
  2. Impacts on promoting growth and reducing poverty
  3. Reflects Australia’s value-add and leverage
  4. Makes performance count
There have been significant improvements in the way we deliver aid, through:
  • greater innovation
  • strengthening our private sector focus
  • enhancing aid for trade
  • disability-inclusive development
  • economic diplomacy
  • working with the most effective partners
  • consolidating the aid program
  • responsibly engaging with risk and applying safeguards
  • actively managing fraud and anti-corruption
  • following value for money principles
  • transparency

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Overview

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) contributes to Australia’s economic prosperity by helping Australian businesses, education institutions, tourism operators, governments and citizens as they:

  • develop international markets and promote international education
  • win productive foreign direct investment
  • strengthen Australia’s tourism industry
  • seek consular and passport services.
Austrade leverages the deep commercial knowledge and relationships of our international and domestic networks, and the badge of government, to deliver value for our clients and investors. We:
  • connect export-ready Australian businesses to overseas opportunities and work with them to achieve commercial outcomes
  • win productive foreign direct investment
  • promote Australian capability internationally
  • work with priority industry sectors to drive sustained long-term growth of Australian exports
  • reduce the time, cost and risk for our clients
  • provide authoritative commercial insights and information to help clients to make informed business decisions
  • inform and influence policy to support positive trade and investment outcomes
  • provide financial assistance for exporters through programs like the Export Market Development Grants scheme
  • support Australia’s regional exporters through the TradeStart network
  • contribute to economic diplomacy and protect the welfare of Australians abroad through timely, responsive consular and passport services in specific locations.

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Services

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For Australian companies

Austrade provides advice to exporters on prospective markets and opportunities; on-the-ground support in target countries; trade exhibitions; and assistance in finding potential investors. No charge is made for general information, though fees may be required for specific tailored advice. Austrade provides information and advice to assist Australian companies in exporting goods and services to markets including Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia. For Australian exporters and education providers, Austrade has a comprehensive mix of information and customised services to assist doing business within overseas markets and to understand foreign regulations and business practices.

For international investors

Austrade is responsible for the promotion, attraction and facilitation of productive foreign direct investment (FDI) into Australia, and is the first national point of contact for all investment enquiries. Services to international companies are free, comprehensive and confidential. Working in partnership with Australian state and territory governments, Austrade provides international investors with information needed to establish or expand a business in Australia.

For international buyers

Austrade also assists international buyers to source goods and services from Australia or to identify strategic Australian business partners.

For Australian education providers

Austrade's role includes the international marketing and promotion of Australian education and training. Austrade co-ordinates and promotes the brand programs "Future Unlimited" which advertises Australian education and training institutions, and "Australia Unlimited" which promotes awareness of Australian skills and capabilities. It previously co-ordinated the "Building Brand Australia" program, a 4-year, A$20-million program to promote Australia's credentials as a "global citizen, global business partner and world class destination".


Overview

As Australia’s specialist international agricultural research for development agency ACIAR’s purpose is to broker and fund research partnerships between Australian scientists and their counterparts in developing countries. As world leader’s in agricultural research Australian scientists are encouraged and supported to use their skills for the benefit of partner countries while at the same time contributing to solutions to meet Australia’s own agricultural challenges. The diversity of our own agricultural sector, which extends from the tropics to the arid zone, continues to thrive, while operating in highly variable and challenging climates with minimal external subsidies, suggesting the Australian agricultural sector has valuable knowledge and expertise to share with other countries facing similar challenges, including farmers, rural poor, consumers, researchers and policymakers. ACIAR has supported research projects in four regions—eastern and southern Africa, east Asia, south and west Asia, and Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. Our research projects focus on crops, agribusiness, horticulture, forestry, livestock, fisheries, water and climate, social sciences, an soil and land management. They deliver specific development outcomes.

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Agribusiness

The Agribusiness program aims to give farmers and agribusiness better access to new knowledge underpinning the production and marketing of agricultural outputs at higher levels of productivity and quality. The program will address the full supply chain for agricultural commodities, including production, post-harvest processing and marketing issues.

Crops

The Crops program applies genetic or agronomic solutions to improve food security by increasing productivity and sustainability of crops.

Fisheries

The Fisheries program aims to make fisheries and aquatic farming systems in partner countries and in Australia more productive and sustainable through international research partnerships.

Forestry

The Forestry program contributes to economic development and natural resource conservation and rehabilitation through scientific support for the establishment, management and sustainable utilisation of forests, providing optimum social, economic and environmental benefits to partner countries and Australia.

Horticulture

ACIAR’s horticulture research program aims to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of fruit, vegetable and ornamental crop production in developing countries and Australia. Its emphasis is improving the utility and efficiency of supply chains, optimising the quality and suitability of produce for market requirements, and minimising pre- and post-harvest losses of fruit and vegetable crops.

Impact Evaluation

ACIAR is a world leader in evaluating the impact and return on investment in agricultural research. Our Impact Assessment Program helps us to refine our priorities, learn the lessons from current and past projects, as well as enable accountability to the Minister, the Australian Government and the wider Australian public.

Livestock Systems

Small and large ruminants, pigs and poultry are the main livestock kept by smallholder farmers. Building an understanding of the biological, social and economic aspects of these systems enable researchers to intervene and develop appropriate technology to support smallholder farmers.

Social Sciences

The Social Sciences Program focuses on livelihoods, agricultural extension, gendered social relations, women’s empowerment, climate adaptation, ecosystems and natural resource management.

Soil and Land Management

ACIAR’s Soil and Land Management Program focuses on researching interventions in tillage and water management, nutrient management, and choice of crop rotation projects, designed in the context of a systems approach to conservation agriculture.

Water and Climate

This program contributes to economic development by enhancing long-term productivity, management and conservation of water resources and climate in developing countries and Australia.

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Overview

Who we are:

The Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic) is the Australian Government’s export credit agency. We provide Australian businesses with export finance solutions so they can take advantage of international opportunities. For over 60 years we have helped hundreds of Australian businesses, large and small, take on overseas opportunities.

What we do:

Our range of export loans, guarantees, bonds and buyer finance solutions help businesses access finance.

Who can we help?:

Efic works with a Australian businesses, large and small that are:

  • exporting or with a presence in international markets,
  • part of an export supply-chain,
  • starting to export or sell to overseas customers.
Efic is there to help businesses that are not able to secure specialised export solutions through their banks or other finance partners.


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Australia-China Council

Australia-India Council

Australia-Indonesia Institute

Australia-Malaysia Institute

Australia-Thailand Institute

Australia-Japan Foundation

Australia-Korea Foundation

Council for Australian-Arab Relations

Council on Australia-Latin America Relations

Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations

 
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