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Annual Report 1999-2000Annual Report 1999-2000 home page

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OUTCOME 1: Australia's national interests protected and advanced through contributions to international security, national economic and trade performance and global cooperation

Output 1.5:
Services to diplomatic and consular representatives in Australia.

Output 1.5:
Services to diplomatic and consular representatives in Australia.

   1.5.1 SERVICES TO THE DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR CORPS   

EFFECTIVENESS INDICATORS

  • Australia’s Vienna Convention obligations to protect the premises and dignity of diplomatic and consular missions in Australia enhanced, through dialogue and coordination with other Commonwealth agencies, and by ensuring relevant protective agencies understand these obligations.
  • Services to the corps enhanced through the completion of a major identity card recall and replacement exercise, the facilitation of improved airport access by diplomatic and consular personnel, and the coordination of briefings to the corps on issues of common interest.

   1.5.2 PROVISION OF PROTECTION ADVICE THROUGH LIAISON WITH THE PROTECTIVE SECURITY COORDINATION CENTRE   

EFFECTIVENESS INDICATOR

  • Contribution made to the development of appropriate policies, in liaison with other agencies and through representation on Federal and State committees, on dignitary protection for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Overview

Australia is one of many countries party to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, which codify international practice regarding the rights and responsibilities of diplomatic and consular officials. Under the conventions, Australia is responsible for protecting the premises of missions, the persons of their members and their right to free and secure communication with their home government. The department, through the Office of the Chief of Protocol, is responsible for extending and regulating privileges and immunities, including protecting against abuse of those privileges and immunities and, where abuse does occur, taking effective action consistent with international conventions.

The Office of the Chief of Protocol dealt with a number of complex and sensitive issues during the year in review, including some intense periods of protest activity that caused us to strengthen our efforts to protect the premises and dignity of foreign missions. The department negotiated a broadly reciprocal indirect tax concessions scheme after examining the implications of the Government’s New Tax System for the diplomatic and consular corps. We also completed an innovative census and database project that provides access to details of all accredited diplomatic and consular officials in Australia and is capable of producing tamper-proof identity cards for all categories of foreign officials.

The department consulted the diplomatic and consular corps in preparation for the Olympic Games, looking at security issues and the handling of a large number of visits by international dignitaries.


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