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

Federal By-Election – Groom (Queensland) – 28 November

Voting A by-election for the federal electorate of Groom (Queensland) is scheduled for Saturday, 28 November: https://aec.gov.au/groom/.
If you live in Groom, please ensure your enrolment is up to date. There will be no overseas voting centres. If you will not be able to vote in person on either 28 November or at an early voting centre in Groom, you can apply for a postal vote. Applications are open until 25 November and postal vote forms will begin to be sent out from 9 November - more information is available here: https://aec.gov.au/groom/overseas.htm. If you are eligible to vote, we recommend applying as soon as possible to allow for the despatching and return of your voting pack..

TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS DURING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

The Australian Embassy in Brussels continue to offer passport, consular and notarial services during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Please visit our Passports, Consular or Notarial page for further information on those respective services.

Please note the availability of appointments is currently limited to some weekdays between 9.30 and 12.00.

Please email us at [email protected] if you have an enquiry or if you wish to organise an appointment.

If you have a consular or passport emergency, please email us at [email protected] or call us on +32 (0)2 286 0500.

After business hours, please ring the 24/7 Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305.

VISITING OUR OFFICES DURING COVID-19

  • You must have an appointment to visit our offices.
  • If you have a fever, cough or any COVID-19 symptoms, please reschedule your appointment. We also encourage you to seek medical advice (such as from the Belgian hotline: 0800 14 689).
  • Please do not bring friends or family members to your appointment. If you are applying for a child passport, both parents are welcome to attend. 
  • Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. 
  • You must bring and wear a mask.
  • You will be asked to sanitise your hands before commencing your appointment.

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For the latest updates on COVID-19/Coronavirus, please checkout:

Belgium:
Belgian coronavirus measures
https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/, FPS Public Health  and Sciensano for the situation in Belgium 

Luxembourg:
Luxembourg coronavirus website for the situation in Luxembourg

Australia
https://www.australia.gov.au/
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert for the situation in Australia 

You can also get #COVID19 information from an official Australian Government chatbot by WhatsApp. Message +61 400 253 787 or go to http://aus.gov.au/whatsapp in your web browser.
WhatsApp is available from the Apple Store or Google Play.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Travel Restrictions

From 9pm on 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. Up to date information on Australia's response to COVID-19 and current travel restrictions, as well as exemptions, is available at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus

 

 

Airline information:

https://www.brusselsairport.be/en/passengers

https://www.qantas.com/be/en.html

https://virginaustralia.com/eu/en/

https://www.emirates.com

https://www.etihad.com/  

https://www.qatarairways.com/

https://www.ana.co.jp/en/be

The Australian Government has set up additional flights with Qantas and Virgin Australia to bring Australians still overseas home.  These flights leave from London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong & Auckland. For more information go to smartraveller.gov.au

 

Message from the Ambassador
Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Brussels. I hope you find it informative.  Our role is to promote Australia's interests with the European Union, NATO and in Belgium and Luxembourg. We also provide a range of services to Australians. Learn more about what we do by watching the video below.

 

 

 

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The Embassy is located at:
Level 7, Avenue des Arts/Kunstlaan 56, Brussels 1000

 

Contact Us
24-hour emergency assistance for Australian citizens outside normal business hours

There are currently no vacancies.

 

For Australians Overseas

Smartraveller has the latest, authoritative travel advice so you can be informed and prepared about overseas travel. Subscribe to receive travel advice updates through email by simply supplying your name and email address.

You can now also subscribe to the new SMS service - by supplying your mobile number – to receive critical alerts in the event of a crisis overseas.

In a crisis, Smartraveller will activate a crisis page on its website. It will make it easier for you or someone you know to contact the Australian Government if you need help. It will supplement the consular emergency hotline.

Visit www.smartraveller.gov.au to subscribe to the travel advice updates or connect with Smartraveller on Facebook and Twitter.

As always, we encourage Australians overseas to stay in touch with friends and family and let them know you’re safe.

If you need immediate assistance, you can call the Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas or 1300 555 135 from within Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and investment

Australia-EU FTA negotiations 

Australia and the EU launched negotiations for a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in June 2018.  The launch was announced during the visit to Australia by then-EU Trade Commissioner Malmström. Both sides have made public reference to their commitment to achieving a comprehensive and ambitious outcome. Such an agreement has the potential to generate significant commercial benefits. It would also reflect the shared interest of Australia and the EU in protecting and promoting an effective global rules-based order and in keeping trade flowing to boost the post-coronavirus recovery.  Eight negotiating rounds have been held to date.  The latest round was held by videoconference in September 2020, with Chief Negotiators holding a virtual briefing for Australian stakeholders on conclusion of the round .  A ninth round will be held in December.  Engage with the Australian FTA negotiating team here.

                                                                                                        5th round of negotiations in Canberra, 14-18 October 2019

Science, research and innovation

Australia and the European Commission held their 15th Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee Meeting on 23 July in Canberra. The meeting was co-chaired by Director General of the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation, Jean-Eric Paquet, and by Australia’s a/g Deputy Secretary in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

DG Paquet visit to Australia July 2019 AU EU JSTCC

 

The meeting presented an opportunity for the European Commission and Australia to discuss the critical role that science and innovation can play in addressing the rapidly changing technological environment together with common global social, environmental and economic challenges. Both countries discussed the current areas of collaboration as well as areas of potential future collaboration. The official Communique is available here.

Foreign and Security Policy

Australia-EU Framework Agreement
The Framework Agreement between the European Union and Australia is a vehicle for enhancing cooperation across the bilateral agenda where Australian and EU interests are aligned. The Agreement was signed on 7 August 2017 and entered into force (on a provisional basis pending ratification by all EU member states) on 4 October 2018.  Three meetings have been held of the Joint Committee that was established by the Framework Agreement to take forward a program of dialogue and cooperation.  The first meeting was on 13 November in Canberra,  the second took place on 24 June 2019 in Brussels, and the third took place via VTC on 19 October 2020.  The statements released after the 2020 meeting can be viewed at: https://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/europe/european-union/Pages/australia-european-union-eu-framework-agreement


Australia EU Framework Agreement Joint Committee Meeting June 2019

Development
On 6 February 2019 the EU and Australia discussed stepping up their joint efforts in a number of development areas during their latest Development Dialogue in Brussels.  This was the third Development Dialogue and represents the high priority for both sides of holding regular exchanges in this area.  We confirmed our commitment to the rules-based order and explored opportunities for working together in the Indo-Pacific and through our respective approaches to infrastructure financing and connectivity.  The next dialogue will be held in Australia by 2020.

 

 

 

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS LINKS
Austrade - Frankfurt office
Austrade - Paris office

Australian Network in Belgium (ANiB)

 

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT NEWS LINKS
Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison, MP 
Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Senator The Hon Marise Payne
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment  Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham, MP
Treasurer The Hon Josh Frydenberg, MP
Minister for Agriculture Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
Minister for Home Affairs The Hon Peter Dutton, MP
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade