Victoria State Office

About us

Some may wonder why the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has State Offices. The old distinctions between domestic and foreign and trade policies were never particularly clear, but as a result of the increasingly globalised world we live in, are ever more blurred. It is therefore essential that DFAT maintains strong linkages with the broader community, participating in international relations and trade, at the state and local government level, with business, with academia and with NGOs.

The Victoria State Office helps DFAT in this important task, providing a range of services in support of our Portfolio Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary, assisting the Victorian Government in its overseas endeavours, maintaining contact with the business community and assisting the general public, where needed, with consular services.

Where we can, we will be delighted to assist you and some more information on the sorts of areas which may be of interest are listed below. But first, a list of helpful sites you may wish to consult:

For emergency consular assistance, please call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre: +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555135 (local call cost within Australia).

Consultations and public events

Australian Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consul-Generals regularly undertake consultations in Victoria. The visitors and events list includes details of forthcoming visits and relevant contact officers. Please note that while all requests for appointments with visitors to the office will be considered, visit programs may already be finalised.

The Victoria State Office conducts public events and consultations on trade and foreign policy issues in metropolitan and regional Victoria. These events feature guest speakers, such as Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consul-Generals, high profile overseas visitors and specialists from the department.

Speakers

The Victoria State Office can arrange for someone from the department to address your school, business, organisation or community group on:

  • foreign policy
  • trade negotiations and the benefits of trade
  • consular services
  • careers in the department.

Email the Business Relations Officer for more information: vso@dfat.gov.au

Protocol

The Victoria State Office provides protocol services to the Consular Corps.

These services include processing of arrival and departure notifications, diplomatic visa renewals and issue of identity cards, airport facilitation for foreign dignitaries and liaison and representation at Corps’ functions.

For more information please view the department’s Protocol Guidelines.

Publications

The department offers a range of publications designed to provide information on Australia, Australian foreign and trade policies and the economic and political climate in other countries. To browse, download or order departmental publications please visit the publications page.

Business liaison services

The Victoria State Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade plays an important role in making sure that the Australian Government is in touch with the needs of Victorian businesses.

We liaise closely with the Victorian Government and other Commonwealth agencies to deliver quality services to your business.

More: Services for business

DFAT Victoria State Office

  • Level 14, Casselden Place
    2 Lonsdale Street (corner of Spring Street)
    Melbourne VIC 3001
  • Phone: (03) 9221 5555
  • Email: vso@dfat.gov.au

The Melbourne Passport Office and Notarial Services are located on Level 13.

Office hours

  • Victoria State Office - 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday
  • Melbourne Passport Office - 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday
  • Notarial services - 8:30am to 1:00pm Monday to Friday

What's new

Why Victoria and why does DFAT have an office in Melbourne?

That was the theme two teams of the department’s newest members explored with the staff of the DFAT Victoria State Office on 15 September.  The graduates, together with a number of international participants, are visiting Victoria to get to know the State better and see how it engages internationally, visiting the Victorian government and leading Australian businesses based in Victoria.  They will also be undertaking field trips to various regions as part of their familiarisation visit.

Graduate Trainess visiting the Victoria State Office
Graduate Trainess visiting the Victoria State Office

Information session: Australia's anti-bribery regime

An information session on Australia's anti-bribery regime will be held in Melbourne from 9:30-10:30 Thursday 25 September at the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission. The session will provide an overview of Australia's foreign bribery offence, relevant defences, Australia's international obligations, the responsibilities of businesses, and how businesses can reduce their risk of breaching the laws. It will also provide an opportunity for participants to discuss examples and exchange information on best practice in risk management.

Registration for this event is essential and can be completed via Eventbrite.

H.E. Ms Frances Adamson, Australian Ambassador to China in conversation with the ABC's Jim Middleton

Attendees at the briefing sitting around aconference table
Diplomatic Briefing by H.E. Mr Michael Potts, Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand

Trading with Integrity - Sanctions

Mr Ben Playle, Director of the Department's Sanctions and Transnational Crime section recently conducted a 'trading with integrity' outreach program focussing on Sanctions Issues with representatives of the Victorian Government and the local business community. Mr Playle explains Australian sanction laws, implemented by the United Nations Security Council and Australian autonomous sanctions regimes and their relevance to individuals and bodies corporate. The presentation also included information on prohibitions and penalties involved with sanctions and the process of making enquiries and applying for a sanctions permit with the Department.

View: videos from the Victoria State Office on YouTube