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South Australia State Office

About us

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) focuses on developing and implementing foreign, trade and development policy, negotiating international agreements, delivering an effective aid program, and providing high quality consular assistance. DFAT offers services to Australians overseas through a network of diplomatic and consular missions. DFAT also maintains a domestic network of offices in state and territory capital cities to help advance Australia's foreign policy, trade and development interests.

DFAT's South Australia State Office provides a range of services in support of our Portfolio Ministers, assisting the South Australian Government in its overseas endeavours, engaging with South Australian business, academia and the community sector and assisting the general public, where needed, with consular services.

The South Australia State Office also can assist South Australian businesses with interests in trade and investment overseas. We aim to raise awareness and understanding in South Australia of foreign affairs and trade issues and to assist business and State government to make the most of international trade opportunities.

South Australia State Director, Ms Elizabeth Day


Visits, events and business briefings

The South Australian state office facilitates the visits of Australian Ambassadors and High Commissioners to discuss trade and foreign policy issues

It also organises briefings and seminars on trade and business related issues.


Addressing non-tariff trade barriers

If you are a South Australian business affected by market access barriers, our State Director and the business relations team would like to hear from you. There is no charge for consulting us on such matters – it is part of our core business as a policy arm of government, aimed at creating the best possible conditions for a more prosperous Australia. Please email us at

Outreach activities

The South Australia State Office aims to promote understanding of Australia's foreign and trade policy throughout the community. Please contact us on if you would like someone from DFAT to speak to your school, business or community group on:

  • foreign policy issues
  • the Government's trade negotiations and objectives
  • the benefits that trade brings to Australia
  • DFAT's consular role

For more information about Australia's trade policies visit our trade information page and Austrade.

Passport services


Applications for Australian passports may be lodged at most Australian Post Offices. For information, please see the Passports Website.

If you intend to lodge a passport application directly with an Australian Passport Office, you must first call 131 232 to make an appointment.

Assisting Australians overseas

Australians seeking emergency consular assistance, should call DFAT's 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 (from overseas) or 1300 555 135 (toll free from within Australia).

We encourage Australian citizens and permanent residents to access our travel advice and information about consular services via the Smartraveller website.

Travel overseas

A wide range of brochures providing information to Australians travelling overseas are available from the Smartraveller website.

Travel advisories for particular countries are also available.

The South Australia State Office can also assist Members of Parliament intending to travel to access services provided by Australian diplomatic missions. Please contact us on for further information.

Authentications, Apostilles and CNIs

Document legalisations (apostilles and authentications) and Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage for South Australia are provided through the Australian Passport Office in Adelaide between the hours of 8.30am and 1.00pm Monday to Friday, by appointment only.

Refer to the legalising documents page for forms, costs and other important information. Documents lodged through the mail are processed in Sydney and Melbourne.


The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recruits both graduates and non-graduates for a range of positions. The Department offers a varied and challenging career advancing Australia's international political, economic, consular and security interests.

The South Australia State Office does not recruit employees directly, and there are no opportunities for work experience within the Office.

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Last Updated: 5 August 2019
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