Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally



Section 3: Corporate Management and Accountability

Overview

The management of departmental resources, including staff deployments, required a pragmatic and flexible approach in the face of unanticipated international demands. Major natural disasters in Japan and New Zealand, coupled with political crises in the Middle East, triggered an unprecedented consular response. During January–March 2011 over 550 staff worked on the crises in Canberra; 89 additional staff were deployed overseas on short term missions to provide assistance to Australians.

Australia’s diplomatic footprint was expanded with the opening of embassies in Addis Ababa and Lima, and the strengthening of consulates-general in Chennai and Mumbai. The department continued to support the Government’s international security objectives through its diplomatic presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. The United Nations Security Council campaign and people smuggling were core resourcing priorities.

Over $9 million was invested in training and development. A major staff survey on the department as an organisation and as a place to work proved a valuable exercise, the results of which provide a basis for future benchmarking.

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The Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, at an Australia–Vietnam Gala Concert in Ho Chi Minh City on 12 May 2011.
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ICT officer Mr Alain Thionnet tests the remote SATIN Low communications at Anzac Cove, Turkey as part of the department's Gallipoli commemorations.
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Deputy Secretary and Indigenous Champion, Mr Paul Grigson (far right) with Indigenous graduates (L-R) Mr Nick Williams, Ms Emily Hill, and Ms Lara Hope

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