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Global Heads of Mission Meeting


Australian ambassadors will meet for a Global Heads of Mission Meeting from 28–30 March in Canberra, state and territory capitals, and rural and regional Australia.

It will bring together for the first time our ambassadors, high commissioners and consuls-general to discuss foreign, trade and development policy objectives and the global environment in which we are seeking to achieve them.

They will make a direct contribution to the formulation of the Foreign Policy White Paper that will define how we maximise our engagement with, and influence in, the world to advance our national interests.

A message from Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Reflections from Australia's Ambassadors

Photo of Adam McCarthy and quote: How, where and why we engage internationally is more important for Australia than it has ever been.
Photo of Susan Coles and quote: Being a female High Commissioner or Ambassador gives me the opportunity to be a role model to women and girls in host countries.
Photo of Julienne Hince and quote: Regualr, personal interaction with the highest levels f government of the host country offers Australia the opportunity for greater influence.
Photo of Angela Corcoran and quote: Programs which help to build resilient, democratic state institutions and cement the rule of law will advance our long term bilateral and regional interests.
Photo of Cathy Raper and quote: Trade promotes innovation, employment and higher living standards that benefits Australians through lower prices and greater choice.
Photo of Glenn Miles and quote: It’s critical we promote our Australia’s core values –  democracy, rule of law, transparency, development and human rights.
Photo of Sue Langford and quote: Our aid is supporting inclusive and quality education for all, form early childhood to post-secondary.
Photo of Andrew Ford and quote: Every day, Australian aid gives us the privilege of making a tangible and visible difference in the lives of people around us.


Ambassadors will participate in discussions in Canberra involving ministers and outside stakeholders on our responses to challenges in foreign policy; trade, investment and economic diplomacy; innovation; security; counter-terrorism; and global development.

After the Canberra component, they will travel to state and territory capitals, and regional and rural Australia, to meet business and community groups, explain how the work we do overseas delivers benefits to all Australians and seek feedback on how DFAT can better serve the community.

Our people are visiting places like Karratha (WA), Naracoorte (SA), Devonport (TAS), Mildura (VIC), Wagga (NSW) and Mackay (QLD).

Map displaying locations
Last Updated: 8 May 2017
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