WELCOME TO THE AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY IN THE PHILIPPINES WEBSITE
Message from the Ambassador
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 diplomatic 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!
Australian Ambassador to the Philippines
Australia and the Philippines Will Partner for the ASEAN Women's Business Forum 2017
ASEAN Leaders further welcomed Australia’s support for women’s economic engagement in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), including through its proposal to work with the Philippines to support a major ASEAN women’s business forum in the Philippines in 2017, as a commemorative event for ASEAN’s 50th anniversary. Read the Chairman's Statement here.
Statement of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Attack in Davao City
On behalf of the Australian Government, I offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed in the attack in Davao City, Philippines, on 2 September. Australia remains steadfast in our support for the Philippines in response to terrorism, and stands ready to offer any assistance to law enforcement authorities.
Philippine authorities have declared a state of lawlessness. Australians in Davao should exercise heightened vigilance, avoid the affected area and follow the advice of local authorities. The level of our travel advice has not changed.
2016 Direct Aid Program (DAP) Call for Proposals
The Direct Aid Program is a flexible small grants scheme funded by the Australian Government and administered by the Australian Embassy in Manila. The Embassy is pleased to announce a call for proposals for DAP for the 2016-2017 financial year. Learn more here.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop releases Australia's Humanitarian Strategy
On World Humanitarian Day, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop releases Australia's Humanitarian Strategy and innovation challenge. Learn more 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 diplomatic relations between the two countries were established when Australia opened a Consulate General in Manila on 22 May 1946.
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 friendship here.