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About the High Commission
The Australian High Commission in Ottawa provides consular services to Australians in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut and the Northwest Territitories, as well as Bermuda.
It also provides passport and notarial services to Australians in Canada.
The High Commission also assists members of the Canadian government, media and public in need of information about Australia and Australian businesses.
High Commissioner H.E. Ms Louise Hand PSM
The Australian High Commissioner to Canada is Her Excellency Ms Louise Hand, PSM. Taking up her appointment in January 2012, Ms Hand is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Ms Hand has previously served as Ambassador for Climate Change, Minister in Jakarta and Ambassador to Cambodia, with earlier postings to Geneva and Vienna.
Ms Hand was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2009 for her work in Indonesia.
Ms Hand holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters Qualifying degree from the University of Queensland and a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University. She speaks French and is married with two children.