Australian Embassy
Belgium, Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union and NATO

Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Brussels. Our role is to promote Australia's relationships with Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union, and NATO. The Embassy is open from 08.30am to 5:00pm weekdays, except public holidays (passport and notarial services are available Monday to Friday by appointment only).  Follow us on:

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Embassy closed Monday 23 July
Please note the Australian Embassy in Brussels will be closed on Monday 23rd of July 2018 for Belgian National Day (in lieu of 21st of July).  For urgent consular assistance, please contact the Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305.”

 

 Smartraveller Travel Advice for Belgium
The travel advice for Belgium has been reviewed.  The level of our advice has not changed.  Exercise a high degree of caution in Belgium overall.  Travelling to Belgium or are you a resident?  Be a Smartraveller and subscribe to be the first to know official government advice when travelling. 

 

2018/19 Work and Holiday visa program opens on 1 July 2018
The new program year for Work and Holiday visa applications commenced on 1 July 2018 for Luxembourgers.  For more information on applying and updated application charges, please see: http://germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/Visas_and_Migration.html.  

For Belgians wanting to apply for a Working Holiday visa, please see https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/417-.

 

Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement Negotiations Launched
Australian Prime Minister, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for Trade, The Hon Steven Ciobo MP and European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on 18 June launched negotiations for an Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA). As a bloc, the EU is Australia's second largest trading partner, third largest export destination, and second largest services market. Australia. The EU was Australia's largest source of foreign investment in 2017. Australia is seeking an ambitious and comprehensive trade agreement. The first round of negotiations will be held in Brussels in early July.

 

Australian businesses and the EU General Data Protection Regulation
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation will apply from 25 May. Australian businesses should consider whether the GDPR applies to them and ensure they comply with this new regulation. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has published guidance for Australian businesses on complying with the GDPR and the Australian Privacy Principles: https://www.oaic.gov.au/agencies-and-organisations/business-resources/privacy-business-resource-21-australian-businesses-and-the-eu-general-data-protection-regulation

 

Anzac Day 2018 Program
The Embassy helped organise an extensive program of commemoration on Anzac Day 2018 in West Flanders. Our Anzac Day 2018 Program included a dawn service at Buttes New British Cemetery and commemorative services at Menin Gate and Toronto Avenue Cemetery.

 

Australia to gift replica Menin Gate lions to Belgian city of Ieper
The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, The Hon Darren Chester MP, has announced that final arrangements have been put in place for the gifting of replicas of the famous Menin Gate lions from Australia to the City of Ieper, strengthening the bond between our countries which was forged on the Western Front more than a century ago.

Strategic partnership between Australia and the European Southern Observatory signed

Australia has entered into a major international collaboration with the European Southern Observatory (ESO). At a ceremony in Canberra, the arrangement for a ten-year strategic partnership was signed. It will give Australian astronomers access to the world’s best optical telescopes and reflects global recognition of their research excellence.

Australia releases the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Trade Minister Steven Ciobo have released the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. It is the first comprehensive review of Australia's international engagement for 14 years. The Foreign Policy White Paper delivers a framework to ensure our prosperity and security by guiding our international efforts over the next decade and beyond. Media release: Opportunity, Security, Strength: The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper 
Foreign Policy White Paper website

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