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Condolence Register - Victims of flight MH17

Australians mourn the loss of the 298 victims of Malaysian flight MH17. Our thoughts are with the families of the passengers and crew on MH17 as they struggle to come to terms with their loss, particularly the families of the 28 Australian citizens and nine permanent residents who were on board the flight.

The Australian High Commission in Ottawa will place a condolence register in the lobby (Suite 710, 50 O'Connor St) on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week (23 - 25 July). The public is invited to sign the condolence register from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Thank you for your support in this most difficult time.


Australia's G20 Sherpa delivers keynote address at CIGI in Ottawa 

Dr. Heather Smith, Australia’s G20 Sherpa and Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, delivered a keynote address on the challenges and opportunities Australia faces in chairing the G20 during a period of post-crisis consolidation. Dr. Smith spoke on how the Australian presidency of the G20 is working with members to promote growth, build resilience in the global economy and build a durable international order to underpin global prosperity in the twenty-first century. The 2014 G20 leaders’ summit will be held in Brisbane, Australia on 15-16 November 2014.


Prime Minister Tony Abbott visits Ottawa

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the Parliamentary Library in Ottawa.

Following a visit to France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrived in Ottawa on Sunday 8 June. The two-day visit started at the Canadian War Museum where Prime Minister Abbott announced steps to increase cooperation between the institution and the Australian War Memorial to commemorate the shared contribution of both countries to victory in World War One. Full release

Prime Minister Tony Abbott tours the Canadian War Museum.

In the evening, High Commissioner Louise Hand welcomed Prime Minister Abbott to Australia House for a dinner with business leaders and to do some gardening. The Prime Minister enthusiastically helped the High Commissioner plant a Himalayan Birch. His tree joined those of former Australian Prime Ministers Sir Robert Menzies and John Howard, and former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce in the Residence garden.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott plants a tree in the Residence garden with High Commissioner Louise Hand.

An early bike ride on a beautiful Monday morning started Prime Minister Abbott’s second day in the capital. He was accompanied by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as they traversed Gatineau Park.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Gatineau, QC.

Next up for the Prime Minister was breakfast with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The pair first met in 2005 when Mr Harper was the opposition leader.

“He has taken me under his wing when he was an experienced Prime Minister and I was a mere neophyte Opposition Leader. He has kept me under his wing and I look forward to a strong partnership in all of the forums of the world in the months and years to come.” – Prime Minister Abbott at his official dinner in Ottawa. Full text

The connection between the two leaders and the close bilateral relationship was apparent as Prime Minister Abbott received an impressive welcome on Parliament Hill. This included a 19 gun salute, an inspection of the honour guard, anthems and the multitude of Australian flags all around the city.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

From Prime Minister Harper: “In a recent address to the Australian-Canadian economic leadership forum, you said, and I quote: “Let us make more of the friendship between Australia and Canada for our own good and for the good of the wider world.” Let us use your visit here to renew the bonds of friendship and to recommit to work together for a better Canada, a better Australia, and a better world. Again, we’re delighted that you’ve come, and I look forward to many more equally productive meetings in the months and years ahead.“ Full Text

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Prime Minister Abbott and Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb hosted a discussion roundtable with members of the Australian and Canadian business community, the focus of which was infrastructure and energy investment. Prime Minister Abbott is travelling with a delegation of business leaders from organisations such as: APPEA, Ausfilm, Austmine, Boeing Australia and South Pacific, BHP Billiton, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, IFM Investors, Infrastructure Partnership Australia, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, QIC, and Transurban.

Left: Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Trade Minister Andrew Robb. Right: Co-Chair of the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum Mr Thomas d’Aquino with Prime Ministers Abbott and Harper.


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Prime Minister Tony Abbott to visit Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper with Prime Minister Tony Abbott walking to a meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting.
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Following a trip to France to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and Normandy campaign, Prime Minister Tony Abbott will travel to Canada and the US.

“The US and Canada are important strategic partners of Australia. I will be accompanied by a business delegation to strengthen trade and business ties between our countries,” Mr Abbott said in his official statement. His full statement is here.

Prime Minister Abbott will hold formal talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper while in Ottawa. Mr Harper’s statement welcoming the visit is available here.

Endeavour Scholarships 2015

From now until 30 June, Canadian students can apply for the 2015 Endeavour Scholarships. The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship programme that provides up to AUD $272,500 for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.

For more information or to apply, visit


ANZAC Day 2014 at the Canadian War Museum

The Australian High Commissioner, HE Ms Louise Hand, together with the New Zealand High Commissioner, HE Mr Simon Tucker, hosted an ANZAC Day commemorative service at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa on Friday the 25th of April, attended by some 500 guests.
The audience comprised a mix of members of the general public, Australian and New Zealand expatriates and invited VIPs. The Government of Canada was represented at the service by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minster of National Defence Mr James Bezan, the Canadian Forces by Chief of Defence Staff General Tom Lawson, and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador by the Premier, The Hon Tom Marshall. 

Marking 99 years since the ANZAC troops landed at Gallipoli, the Australian High Commissioner commented in her speech that on this ANZAC day we should commemorate both the vast and the intimate sacrifices of war. On the vast scale, High Commissioner Hand called all to remember the hundreds of thousands of Australians, New Zealanders and others wounded and those who never returned home, whilst on the intimate scale, the High Commissioner asked us to reflect on the “smallest cameos” of war such as the heroism of Simpson and his Donkey along with the many other animals that served and died.

The service also included at its heart one minute of silence for the fallen and a traditional laying of wreaths by representatives of those nations that served at Gallipoli and from organisations dedicated to the responsibility of remembrance.

Concluding a brief but poignant service, the Australian Defence Adviser invited all in attendance to return in 2015 for the ANZAC Centenary service. The service will mark 100 years since the landings at Gallipoli in 1915, and the hundredth anniversary of this solemn day of remembrance for Australians and New Zealanders.

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Australia named theme country for Vancouver International Wine Fest 2015

Australian wine will be centre stage at next year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF), with the festival organisers announcing Australia as the theme country for 2015, and Australian wineries are invited to get on board. The 37th festival, which will run from 23 February to 1 March 2015, is Canada’s premier wine show and one of the largest consumer wine festivals in North America.

For more information or see other Australian events in Canada


Consular and Passport Services Notice: Change in Jurisdiction

As of 01 April 2014:

Australian citizens residing in the Canadian provinces of: Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Saskatchewan wishing to apply for an Australian passport and/or who require consular assistance, please contact:

The Australian Consulate in Vancouver, British Columbia

Australian Consulate
Suite 2050, 1075 West Georgia St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6E 3C9

Telephone: 1-604-694-6160
Passports line: 1-604-694-6165

For further information on where to go for Australian Consular and Passport Services in Canada: Click Here


Making more of the Australia-Canada relationship

 (Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Treasurer Joe Hockey)

 “I want to make more of this friendship: for our own good and for the good of the wider world... Australians and Canadians should be more conscious not only of all that we have in common but of all the good that we might do together. So, my intention is to broaden and deepen the relationship between our two kindred countries.” – Prime Minister Tony Abbott in his address to the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum (Full Text)

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey welcomed a Canadian delegation to the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Sydney on 22-23 February 2014. Among world finance leaders were Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz. The event was part of Australia’s year-long presidency of the G20, and resulted in agreement to develop policies to lift the collective GDP of G20 members by more than 2 per cent above the trajectory implied by current policies over the next five years.

Minister Flaherty and Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird also travelled to Melbourne for the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum. Mr Baird met Australian Prime Minister Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as well as many business leaders and officials. The Economic Leadership Forum is the premier forum for discussion of the economic relationship between Australia and Canada, where governments and businesses come together to discuss how to enhance the links between our economies for the sake of common prosperity and strength.

“For ours is a strong bi-lateral relationship based on common values and shared experiences. Indeed there is a deep affection between the Australian people and the Canadians.“ - Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s address to the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum
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 (Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop)

 Mr Baird added in his own speech, “Our shared future prosperity depends now more than ever on making maximum use of everything that our great nations have in common. This forum’s success is testimony to the fact that Canadians and Australians see each other as natural allies. Now it is our job to make the most of that.”


Western Australia Senate Election

An election for six new senators for Western Australia will be held on Saturday 5 April 2014.

You can check if you are enrolled to vote in Western Australia, enrol or update your enrolment details at The deadline to enrol is 8pm AWST Friday 7 March 2014.

In person voting will not be available at the High Commission in Ottawa.

However, an Australian overseas voting centre will be available at the Australian Consulate and Trade Commission in Vancouver (Suite 2050 - 1075 West Georgia Street). Voting is available Monday through Friday during office hours 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:30pm starting Monday 24 March 2014.

You can also apply online for a postal vote to be sent to you from Australia at

For more infomation, visit the AEC website at or contact the AEC via email ( or telephone (+61 2 6273 8608).


What to do when it is colder than Mars: Australia Day at the movies

“Fabulous”, ‘magic”, “triumph”: feedback from some of the more than 230 guests from government, business, military, arts, media and civil society who braved a cold Ottawa winter night (January temperatures in Ottawa have been colder than those recorded on Mars) to enjoy the High Commission’s celebration of Australia Day with dinner at the movies at the historic ByTowne Cinema on 30 January.

Special guests were privy to an advance screening of Tracks. The movie, which enjoyed great reviews at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), is based on Robyn Davidson’s account of her epic journey from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, across 1,700 miles of the Australian outback. The film stars Mia Wasikowska.


Tracks will be showing at the ByTowne Cinema in Ottawa later this spring, as well as other theatres across North America and in Australia.

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Australia assumes Presidency of the G20

G20 Logo

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has launched Australia’s presidency of the G20 in Brisbane, Queensland. Australia took over the presidency of the G20 on 1 December 2013 from Russia.

The G20 brings together the leaders of the world’s major economies to deal with the biggest economic challenges – it can take decisive action to make a real and positive difference to people’s lives.

Australia’s G20 Presidency will focus on the key themes of:
-promoting stronger economic growth and employment outcomes by empowering the private sector, and
-making the global economy more resilient to deal with future shocks.

The year will culminate in the G20 Leaders Summit to be held on 15 and 16 November in Brisbane, Queensland.

This will be the most significant meeting of world leaders Australia has ever hosted.

Canada hosted the 4th summit in June 2010 in Toronto.

Prime Minister Abbott also unveiled the logo for Australia’s host year. It was designed by Indigenous creative agency Gilimbaa and represents the weaving together of nations, a gathering of leaders and the journeys they will embark upon throughout 2013-14.

PM Abbott and Premier Newman

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Premier of Queensland Campbell Newman

Read Prime Minister Abbott’s full speech here:

For further information on Australia’s G20 Presidency, see

2014 Griffith by-election

A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Griffith in Queensland will be held on Saturday 8 February 2014.  Please visit the Smartraveller website for information on overseas enrolment and voting procedures.

Forty years of the Sydney Opera House

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera house. The first concert there, albeit an unofficial one, happened on 9 November, 1960 as Paul Robeson sang for the workers on site.

See the ABC's full timeline of this renowned building.


Foreign Minister addresses need to end sexual violence in conflict

This week, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is leading Australia’s delegation to Leaders’ Week at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
During the gathering of world leaders and ministers, the UK launched the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative #TimeToAct on social media platforms – including Twitter and Facebook. Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is among 119 leaders calling on all UN countries to sign up to end the use of sexual violence in conflict.

With Australia as President of the United Nations Security Council for the month of September, Ms Bishop will chair a Security Council debate on small arms and light weapons. She will also host a high-level event to promote entry into force of the recently adopted Arms Trade Treaty. Australia welcomes the recent announcement that the United States would become the 95th country to sign onto the Arms Trade Treaty.

During Leaders’ Week, Ms Bishop will conduct a series of bilateral meetings with her counterparts, discuss the situation in Syria, and promote the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda.

Click here for the press release previewing the Leaders’ Week

Abbott Ministry sworn in by Governor General Bryce

On 18 September 2013, the first ministry of Prime Minister Tony Abbott was sworn in by the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, at a ceremony at Government House.  The Governor General later presided at a meeting of the Federal Executive Council.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop sworn in as Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Hon Julie Bishop MP has been sworn in as Australia’s 38th Minister for Foreign Affairs. As Foreign Minister, Ms Bishop will lead Australian efforts to strengthen relations with our key partners and drive Australia’s contribution to global and regional forums.  Within the Foreign Affairs portfolio, Ms Bishop will also take on the role of Minister for International Development and will oversee a refocussing of the Australian aid program to ensure a more effective and efficient delivery of development assistance.

Click here to read the full press release.

NAIDOC Week Celebration

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2013, the Australian High Commission hosted a wonderful performance by Indigenous dance troupe The Chooky Dancers at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.  They were supported by Western Australian percussion group Tetrafide.  See here for photos and more information. 

Australia News

Download the June 2013 edition of the Australian High Commission's newsletter 

Anzac Day in Ottawa 

The Australian and New Zealand High Commissions commemorated Anzac Day on Thursday 25 April at

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the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Canada's Minister of National Defence, the Hon. Peter MacKay P.C., M.P., Canadian Forces personnel, veterans and Australians and New Zealanders in Ottawa joined the High Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand for a traditional morning service.

Photos from the Anzac Day service
Information about Anzac Day from the Department of Veterans' Affairs

Australian Governor-General's visit to Canada

At the invitation of the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Rt Hon David Johnston, and the Government of Canada, Australia's Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, and Mr Michael Bryce AM AE visited Canada from Tuesday 2 April to Sunday 7 April 2013.

The Governor-General gives an address at the Global Centre For Pluralism in Ottawa.

On 5 April, the Governor-General gave a keynote address at the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa. The speech focused on Australia's multicultural history and future.

Watch the Governor-General's address at the Global Centre for Pluralism

Read the Governor-General's address

More photos and coverage of the visit from the Governor-General's website

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

All Australians in Canada are encouraged to donate to the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. The Trust aims to eradicate avoidable blindness in Commonwealth countries, as well as developing young leaders through its leadership awards scheme. The Australian Government has pledged up to $5 million to the Trust.

Donate to the Diamond Jubilee Trust
Speech from the Governor-General's Launch of the Trust

Public Consultation: ANZAC Day Services at Gallipoli in 2015

Many Australians would like to attend the commemoration of the centenary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli in 2015. To provide an opportunity for a wide range of Australians to attend these commemorations, the Government has decided to hold a ballot for allocating ‘attendance passes’. Those who would like to participate in the consulation process can visit the Department of Veterans' Affairs below and complete an online survey.

Read the discussion paper, complete the survey and find more information 

Canadian alumni of Australian universities

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