Australia is helping Palau recover from Typhoon Haiyan, which caused extensive damage to homes, schools, the hospital, and water and power services.
December 1 is World AIDS Day—this year marked in Australia by the launch of the 20th International HIV/AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), which will be held in Melbourne in July next year.
Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop recently met with 15 Sri Lankan Australia Awards Scholarship recipients at a reception in Colombo where she congratulated them on their contributions to the development of Sri Lanka since returning from Australia.
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.