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AUSMIN fact sheet: dates and locations

The Australia–US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) is the principal forum for bilateral consultations with the United States. Held regularly, alternating between Australia and the United States, AUSMIN brings together the Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Defence 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 locations and dates


Year Number Host Location Date Principals (AUS FM/DM; US Sec. State/Sec. Def or delegate)
1985 1 Australia Canberra July 15 Bill Hayden/Kim Beazley; George Shultz/ Admiral Crowe (CINCPAC)
1986 2 United States San Francisco 11-12 August Bill Hayden/Kim Beazley; George Shultz/ Caspar Weinberger
1987 3 Australia Sydney 22 June Bill Hayden/Kim Beazley; George Shultz/Caspar Weinberger
1988 4 United States Washington DC 28-29 June Bill Hayden/Kim Beazley; George Shultz/Frank Carlucci
1989 5 Australia Sydney 3-4 November Gareth Evans/Kim Beazley; James Baker/Richard Cheney
1990 6 United States Washington DC 8 October Gareth Evans/Robert Ray; James Baker/Richard Cheney
1991 N/A N/A N/A N/A  
1992 7 United States Washington DC 1 October Gareth Evans/Robert Ray; Lawrence Eagleburger/Paul Wolfowitz (Deputy)
1993 N/A N/A N/A N/A  
1994 8 Australia Canberra 7-9 March Gareth Evans/Robert Ray; Warren Christopher/William Perry
1995 9 United States Washington DC 19 April Gareth Evans/Robert Ray; Warren Christopher/William Perry
1996 10 Australia Sydney 26-27 July Alexander Downer/Ian McLachlan; Warren Christopher/William Perry
1997 11 United States Washington DC 8 October Alexander Downer/Ian McLachlan; Madeline Albight/William Cohen
1998 12 Australia Sydney 30-31 July Alexander Downer/Ian McLachlan; Madeline Albright/William Cohen
1999 13 United States Washington DC 3 November Alexander Downer/John Moore; Madeline Albright/William Cohen
2000 N/A N/A N/A N/A  
2001 14 Australia Canberra 30 July Alexander Downer/Peter Reith; Colin Powell/Donald Rumsfeld
2002 15 United States Washington DC 29 October Alexander Downer/Robert Hill; Colin Powell/Donald Rumsfeld
2003 N/A N/A N/A N/A  
2004 16 United States Washington DC 7 July Alexander Downer/Robert Hill; Colin Powell/Donald Rumsfeld
2005 17 Australia Adelaide 17-18 November Alexander Downer/Robert Hill; Robert Zoellick (Deputy)/Donald Rumsfeld
2006 18 United States Washington DC 12 December Alexander Downer/Brendan Nelson; Condoleeza Rice/Gordon England (Deputy)
2007 N/A N/A N/A N/A  
2008 19 Australia Canberra 23 February Stephen Smith/Joel Fitzgibbon; John Negroponte (Deputy)/Robert Gates
2009 20 United States Washington DC 9 April Stephen Smith/Joel Fitzgibbon; Hillary Clinton/Robert Gates
2010 21 Australia Melbourne 8 November Kevin Rudd/Stephen Smith; Hillary Clinton/Robert Gates
2011 22 United States San Francisco 14-15 September Kevin Rudd/Stephen Smith; Hillary Clinton/Leon Panetta
2012 23 Australia Perth 14 November Bob Carr/Stephen Smith; Hillary Clinton/Leon Panetta
2013 24 United States Washington DC 20 November Julie Bishop/David Johnston: John Kerry/Chuck Hagel
2014 25 Australia Sydney 12 August Julie Bishop/David Johnston; John Kerry/Chuck Hagel
2015 26 United States Boston 13 October Julie Bishop/Marise Payne; John Kerry/Ashton Carter
2016 N/A N/A N/A N/A  
2017 27 Australia Sydney 5 June Julie Bishop/Marise Payne; Rex W. Tillerson/James Mattis
2018 28 United States Palo Alto 23-24 July Julie Bishop/Marise Payne; Mike Pompeo/James Mattis
2019 29 Australia Sydney 4 August Marise Payne/Linda Reynolds; Mike Pompeo/Mark Esper
2020 30 United States Washington DC 28 July Marise Payne/Linda Reynolds; Mike Pompeo/Mark Esper
2021 31 United States Washington DC 16 July Marise Payne/ Peter Dutton; Antony Blinken/Lloyd Austin
2022 32 United States Washington DC 6 December Penny Wong/Richard Marles; Antony Blinken/Lloyd Austin
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