Nelson Mandela was one of the towering figures of the 20th century who will hold an enduring place alongside Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr as an advocate for human dignity and freedom.
Australia has concluded negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the Republic of Korea, our third-largest goods export market and fourth-largest trading partner.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop led a high level delegation to Jakarta for broad-ranging discussions about the bilateral relationship.
The Department is inviting public input into the development of a Consular Strategy for the period 2014-16. Public submissions can be made until 31 January 2014.
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb promoted agricultural trade reform today while co-chairing the 38th Cairns Group Ministerial Meeting in Bali with his counterpart, Indonesia's Minister for Trade Gita Wirjawan.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is visiting Australia as a guest of the Australian Government from 27 November to 2 December, and is being hosted by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop.
In Australia she will meet Australian Government parliamentarians at community events in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne and attend key events for World AIDS Day in Melbourne on 30 November and 1 December.
Photo gallery: Meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, November 2013
The Department has launched a new Smartraveller advertising campaign to encourage Australians to make informed travel choices and to travel smarter. The new TV ad features Natalie Hensby, a young Australian who was seriously injured in a high speed boat crash on her way to a Full Moon Party in Thailand.
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb and his New Zealand counterpart, Tim Groser, hold this year's Closer Economic Relations (CER) Ministerial Meeting in Sydney.
As 2015—the date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expiry—draws closer, Australia is working with the international community to develop the next set of goals.
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Senator David Johnston are in the United States to participate in the 2013 Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) in Washington with United States Secretary of State John Kerry and United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb is visiting South Korea, Japan and China (14 to 22 November). A major focus of Mr Robb’s visit will be working toward the early conclusion of Free Trade Agreements with Australia’s three most significant trading partners.
Media release: FTAs major focus of Robb's North Asia visit
The Australian Government will provide a further $20 million and deploy additional Australian Defence Force logistic support to help the Philippines to respond to Typhoon Haiyan, bringing total Australian assistance to over $30 million.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka from 13–15 November.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced $10 million of Australian emergency assistance to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.
Reports indicate Typhoon Haiyan has affected an estimated 9.5 million people across nine regions, and forced more than 600,000 people to flee their homes. It will be some time before the final death toll is known.
Media release: Further Australian assistance for Typhoon Haiyan
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is participating in the annual Bali Democracy Forum, hosted by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono from 7 to 8 November in Bali, Indonesia.
Media release: Strengthening democracy throughout the Asia Pacific
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has highlighted the increasing importance of the Indian Ocean region as Australia assumes the chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) for the first time.
Media release: Australia takes chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association
Emergency workers in Honiara now have up-to-date skills to deal with a major incident following two days of intensive training at the National Referral Hospital.