Australian Embassy


Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

The Australian Government will proceed with the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey of all Australians on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll. Instructions on survey participation have been published on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website.

To participate in the survey you must be correctly enrolled on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll by the end of 24 August 2017 (midnight AEST).  You can check your enrolment details on the Australian Electoral Commission website.

Arrangements for Eligible Australians Overseas

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has advised paper forms will not be mailed overseas for this survey.  Arrangements for Australians who will be overseas during the entire survey period of 12 September to 7 November include:

  • asking a trusted person in Australia to receive their form on their behalf, open it, complete it based on their instruction and return it to the ABS; and
  • request a Secure Access Code from the ABS through the Information Line or the ABS website from 25 September to 20 October 2017 and complete the survey online, via an automated telephony service or via a call centre.

If you wish to participate in the Marriage Law Postal Survey and would like to arrange for survey material to be sent to a trusted person in Australia to respond on your behalf, or request a Secure Access Code to complete the survey online, via the automated telephony service or via a call centre, you should contact the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey Information Line on +61 2 6252 5262.  The information Line is open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm AEST seven days a week.  For more information on arrangements to support participation by overseas Australians please refer to the Special Strategies to support participation page of the ABS website.

The survey collection period is 12 September to 7 November 2017.   


 Australia-China Joint Research Centres


Australia-China Joint Research Centres (JRCs) are supported under the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF).

JRCs are virtual centres that link Australian and Chinese research institutions conducting a portfolio of research-related activities in priority areas agreed to by the Australian and Chinese Governments, led by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. 

The next round is expected to open in the second half of 2017.




Australia Performs

Chinese audiences will be wowed by Australian dance, circus, theatre and music with leading Australian performing arts companies touring China from August to December 2017. 

Companies include Circus Oz, Chamber Made Opera, ELISION, Polyglot, Sydney Dance Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, with more to be announced. 




China-Australia Year of Tourism


The China-Australia Year of Tourism was launched at the Sydney Opera House on 5th February by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Steven Ciobo, and the Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration, Dr Li Jinzao.

The China-Australia Year of Tourism is a decision made by the leaders of both countries. It promises to bring our countries closer together and provide more opportunities for further engagement at every level – economic, commercial, social, and academic.




News and Speeches 


I was saddened to learn of the death of Dr Liu Xiaobo, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.

Media release: Successful Taskforce Blaze to Continue Fight against Illicit Drug Scourge
(6 June 2017) One of Australia's most successful defences against the scourge of illicit drugs will continue, following the extension of the Australia-China joint agency Taskforce Blaze.

Media release: Strengthening Cooperation on Combatting Transnational Crime Ties with China
(6 June 2017) This week I will meet with key counterparts in Beijing to enhance cooperation in countering transnational crime in our region.

Address to the China-Australia Cooperation on Economy and Trade Forum
(24 March 2017) The Premier and I have reaffirmed again during this visit we will work to conclude an ambitious Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. And that’s an important element in the growing, developing Australia-China relationship. It is one with a bright future, full of mutually beneficial collaboration.

Statement from Australian Prime Minister: Visit to Australia by China's Premier Li Keqiang
(24 March 2017) It is an honour to welcome Premier Li Keqiang, his wife Professor Cheng Hong and members of the Premier’s delegation to Australia.

Speech at Luncheon in honour of His Excellency Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China
(23 March 2017) It is our great pleasure and my great honour to welcome you, Premier Li and your wife, Professor Cheng Hong, to our nation's capital on your third visit to Australia.

Media release from Australian Prime Minister: Premier of China's visit to Australia
(17 March 2017) I look forward to welcoming His Excellency Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, and his wife Madame Cheng Hong to Australia from 22-26 March.


Embassy Opening Hours

The Embassy will be open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday except for public holidays.

Australians requiring advice or assistance from the consular section may call during business hours from 8:30 to 5:00 Monday to Friday.

Please note: Passport Applications: Monday-Friday 9:00 – 12:00 and Notarial Services: Monday-Friday 14:00 – 15:30 by making appointment.

Public Holidays 2017