Australian Embassy
Embassy address: Embassy Complex, Serail Hill, Downtown Beirut, telephone: +961-1-960600, fax: +961-1-960601. Consular and Passport fax: +961-1-960602. Visa Section telephone: +961-1-960670, fax: +961-1-960671

Australian alumni network

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University of Canberra and Lebanese University launch new scholarship for study in Australia

On 28 November, the Australian Chargé d’affaires, Mr David Windsor, represented the President of the University of Canberra at a ceremony to launch the ‘Dr Adnan Sayyed Hussein Scholarship’ at the Lebanese University.

The scholarship – named after the President of the Lebanese University – will enable a high-performing student from the Lebanese University to study in Australia at the University of Canberra.

At the ceremony, Mr Windsor commended the partnership between the Lebanese University and the University of Canberra as a shining example of the increasing educational ties between Lebanon and Australia, and one which will provide invaluable opportunities for students from both countries. 



Further humanitarian assistance to IRAQ and SYRIA

The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I announce that Australia will provide an additional $15 million for life-saving assistance to people in Iraq and Syria affected by the ongoing violence perpetrated by terrorists. Full Article


Joseph Tawadros performs at the American University of Beirut

On 8 November, Australian oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros performed to rapturous applause at the American University of Beirut’s historic Assembly Hall.

The concert – proudly supported by the Australian Embassy and the American University of Beirut – was Tawadros’ first in Lebanon, and featured songs from his award-winning albums ‘The Prophet: Music Inspired by the Works of Khalil Gibran’ and ‘Permission to Evaporate’.

More information on Joseph is available from his website,


Australia and the G20

The Group of Twenty (G20) brings together the leaders of the world’s major advanced and emerging economies to address global economic challenges – as its response to the 2008 global financial crisis showed, it is capable of taking decisive action that improves people’s lives.

Australia, as current President of the G20, will host the G20 Leaders’ Summit on 15 and 16 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland.

Click on the links to read more about the G20 and the agenda for the 2014 summit.


Resettlement of Iraqis and Syrians in Australia's Humanitarian Programme

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

The offshore component of Australia’s resettlement programme comprises of two categories of permanent visas. These are:

Refugee – for people who are subject to persecution in their home country, who are typically outside their home country, and are in need of resettlement. The majority of applicants who are considered under this category are identified and referred by the UNHCR to Australia for resettlement. The Refugee category includes the Refugee, In-country Special Humanitarian, Emergency Rescue and Woman at Risk visa subclasses.

Special Humanitarian Programme (SHP) – for people outside their home country who are subject to substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of human rights in their home country, and immediate family of persons who have been granted protection in Australia. Applications for entry under the SHP must be supported by a proposer who is an Australian citizen, or an organisation that is based in Australia.

The resettlement of Iraqis and Syrians who have fled their home country remains a priority within Australia’s offshore Humanitarian Programme. The Australian Government is responding to the current crises in Iraq and Syria by providing targeted places in this year’s Humanitarian Programme. Full Article


People Smugglers won't get you to Australia

Media Statement

The Australian Government continues its work with regional partners to disrupt people smuggling ventures. Full Article


New measures to mitigate the risk of polio transmission to Australia

Threats to public health

To protect the Australian community from public health and safety risks, visa applicants must be free from any disease or condition considered a threat to public health or a danger to the Australian community.Full Article

Foreign Minister's Visit to Jordan and Lebanon

The Hon Julie Bishop MP

In my first visit to Jordan and Lebanon as Foreign Minister I have highlighted Australia’s strong and continuing support for Jordan and Lebanon as they address the challenges caused by Syria’s tragic and continuing humanitarian crisis.

In Lebanon, where over one million registered Syrian refugees make up one fifth of the country’s total population, I met with UNHCR and UNICEF to discuss Australian support for those affected by the Syrian crisis.

During the visit I announced $20 million in funding from the Australian Government to be provided to the United Nations’ ‘No Lost Generation’ initiative to help build better futures for these children by improving their education and addressing the violence and displacement they have faced. Full Article


HE the Hon Julie Bishop MP with UNICEF and UNHCR representatives

HE the Hon Julie Bishop MP with HE President of the Republic, General Michel Sleiman



On Friday 25 April 2014, the Australian Embassy in Lebanon hosted a dawn service in Beirut to commemorate ANZAC Day.

The Australian Embassy was joined by citizens of Australia and New Zealand, as well foreign dignitaries and military personnel , at this important ceremony to remember all those who have died in war. ANZAC Day marks the landing of Australian, New Zealand, British and Allied troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey in 1915. In the decades since, it has become the principal occasion for the remembrance of Australian and New Zealand service personnel who have lost their lives in military and peacekeeping operations around the world. Please click on the link to read the Anzac Day Commemorative Speech 2014.


HE Australian Ambassador Lex Bartlem laying a wreath HE Australian Ambassador Lex Bartlem and Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Wafic Rehaimi, at the cemetery


Australian Visa Application Centre has changed locations

The Australian Visa Application Centre has changed locations. See “How to Lodge an Application” on the following link.


Australia tougher than ever on illegal boat arrivals

Media release from the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, today said anti-people smuggling measures the Australian Government had introduced, including a ban on permanent protection visas for people who arrived before July 19 this year, demonstrated the strength of the Government’s resolve. Full article 


Australian Ambassador to Lebanon, Lex Bartlem, and Australian Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues, Craig Chittick, discussed ways to combat people smuggling with His Eminence Sheikh Malek Al Shaar, Mufti of Tripoli and the North, on 28 November 2013.

To read the National News Agency's interview with Ambassador Chittick about people smuggling from Lebanon, click here

To read the National News Agency's article about the Australian Envoy's meeting with His Eminence Sheikh Malek Al Shaar, Mufti of Tripoli and the North, click here.


Operation Sovereign Borders

A new Australian Government was elected on 7 September 2013, with Tony Abbott appointed Prime Minister. The new Government has introduced a tough new policy for managing unauthorised maritime arrivals by boat to Australia called Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB). Full article


Zahle, September 2013

On 26 September 2013, in Zahle, the Australian Embassy hosted 70 Years On: Australia in the Liberation of Lebanon, a photographic exhibition that commemorated the contribution made by Australian troops in paving the way for Lebanese independence in 1943. 




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