Australian Embassy
The Philippines
 
 

WELCOME TO THE AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY IN THE PHILIPPINES WEBSITE

Message from the Ambassador

H.E. Amanda Gorely
Australian Ambassador to the Philippines

 

Mabuhay!

Welcome to the official website of the Australian Embassy in Manila.  I am honored to take up my role as Australia's Ambassador to the Philippines in 2016 coinciding with the 70th anniversary of our bilateral relationship.

Our ties were forged during WWII when over 4,000 Australian service personnel fought alongside Filipino forces.  The breadth of our modern relationship is reflected in the Joint Declaration on Australia-Philippines Comprehensive Partnership signed by Prime Minister Turnbull and President Aquino in November 2015.  The Philippines is an important partner for Australia in Southeast Asia and we cooperate closely on a range of global and regional issues.

Our extensive trade and investment links are growing.  I am heartened by our warm people to people bonds and have met some of the 10,000 Filipino students studying in Australia each year.  Our defence forces and law enforcement agencies enjoy extensive cooperation.  Australia's development assistance to the Philippines is focused on economic growth, education, social protection and, where necessary,  humanitarian assistance.  

The Embassy also provides consular and passport services to Australian citizens living in or visiting the Philippines.

My mission in the Philippines is to represent modern Australia - our vibrant democracy, Indigenous heritage, multicultural society and robust, open economy.  If you'd like to keep up to date on Australia's activities in the Philippines then like our Facebook Page and follow me on Twitter @AusAmbPH.  Look out for our events to mark the 70th anniversary.

Come along and Say Gday!  

 

Amanda Gorely

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines

 

 

Latest news

  • 27 July — Industry Briefing - Upcoming Procurement for Australia’s Aid Program in the Philippines
    The Australian Embassy in the Philippines will hold a briefing to inform interested parties about upcoming Australian Aid Program procurements for the Philippines. Learn more here.

  • Australian Ambassador and OPAPP Undersecretary Launch Book on Mindanao Peace Proces
    Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely and Undersecretary for Operations Diosita Andot from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process led the book launch of Mindanao: The Long Journey to Peace and Prosperity yesterday at Discovery Primea, Makati City. OPAPP Secretary Jesus Dureza also joined the event. 

  • Australia supports peaceful dispute resolution in the South China Sea
    Read the full statement here.

  • Philippines and Australia Celebrate 70 Years of Friendship 
    Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely, SM Senior Vice President Millie Dizon and National Historical Commission of the Philippines Executive Director Vic Badoy witnessed the commemorative light up of the SM Mall of Asia (MoA) Globe with the 70th Anniversary Philippines-Australia Friendship logo. The globe also projected images of partnership between the two countries.
    The event is a highlight of a year-long celebration led by the Australian Embassy to mark seven decades of bilateral ties.    Formal relations between the two countries were established when Australia opened a Consulate General in Manila on 22 May 1946.

  • Returning Australian Scholars Continue Legacy of First 70 Years

    Twenty-nine Filipinos, all recent graduates of Australian universities, were welcomed by the Australian Embassy during a 3-day conference held on 9 to 11 February 2016 in Davao City. The scholars are recipients of the prestigious Australia Awards program awarded each year by the Australian Government. Since the 1950s more than 2,000 of the best and brightest Filipinos have been given the opportunity under the program to gain internationally-recognised qualification from an Australian institution

  • Australia Day 2016: Marking the #First70Years of friendship and cooperation with the Philippines

    “Australia Day is not just a celebration; it is also a time of reflection on where we have come from as a nation. It is only appropriate at this time that we also reflect upon the journey that the Philippines and Australia have shared over the past 70 years.” - Ambassador Amanda Gorely

  • Speech by Ambassador Amanda Gorely at the Australia Day 2016 Reception
    “In November 2015, Prime Minister Turnbull and President Aquino signed a Comprehensive Partnership Joint Declaration between Australia and the Philippines. This will provide the framework to broaden and deepen our already strong collaboration in defence, security, law enforcement, education, development assistance and disaster preparedness. Realising the potential of this Declaration is a high priority for me during my time in the Philippines. It is indeed an exciting time to be Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines “.

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Spotlight

July is the Philippines’ National Disaster Consciousness Month

Australia is steadfast in its support to the Philippines to deliver credible, comprehensive and accurate disaster information for a better prepared and more resilient community.

 

The Australian Embassy handed over the ”Handbook on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Local Design Practices” to DILG, DPWH and local government units. The handbook is a product of a year and a half long technical assistance of the Australian Government through DFAT and Australia’s CSIRO to DILG under the “ReStructure Project: Designing Resilient Structures.”

 

The Handbook introduces risk-based approach in designing resilient structures such as municipal hall, public market, school building, health center and evacuation centre to reduce risks and enhance adaptive capacities of the structures from earthquake, flood and severe wind. It will help government agencies, local governments and communities put into practice the build-back-better principle in retrofitting and constructing disaster and climate resilient structures. The Handbook will also be useful in other development endeavours of the private sector, non-government organizations, academe, and other bilateral and multilateral development partners. 

 

Download the Handbook here

 

 

22 May is Philippine-Australia Friendship Day

Philippine Presidential Proclamation No 1282, Series 2016 declared 22 May 2016 and each year after as Philippines-Australia Friendship Day!

 

Find out more about the commemoration of 70 years of formal bilateral relations here.

 

 

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