AUSMIN is the principal forum for bilateral consultations with the United States. Held annually, alternating between Australia and the United States, it brings the Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs and for Defence together with the US Secretaries of State and Defense, along with senior officials from both portfolios.
The Consultations provide a major opportunity to discuss and share perspectives and approaches on major global and regional political issues, and to deepen bilateral foreign security and defence cooperation.
AUSMIN 2014, Sydney
On 12 August 2014, the Australian Government hosted United States Secretary of State John Kerry and United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in Sydney for the 2014 Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations.