Victoria State Office

Passports, document legalisations (apostille and authentications) and Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage for Victoria are provided through the Melbourne Passport Office at Level 2, Collins Square, 747 Collins Street, Docklands.

Upcoming

Please email vso@dfat.gov.au for further information about upcoming visits and events.

What’s New 

Australia’s Relationship with Mexico: Launch of Senate Inquiry Report

Sen Beck addressing audience Sixty people attended the launch of the Senate Inquiry Report into Australia’s Relationship with Mexico on 4 December at DFAT’s Victoria State Office.  Senator Chris Back, Deputy Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee launched the report, which recommends ways Australia’s relationship with Mexico can be improved in the light of Mexico’s elevation in the global geo-political and economic order and both countries’ membership of the Trans Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement.

Women in Business: Embracing an Entrepreneurial Spirit

Panel speakersOn Tuesday 1 December, A/g State Director, Estelle Parker, joined India’s Consul General in Melbourne as well as Rohini Kappadath, winner of the Corporate category of Telstra Business Women Awards and Australia India Business Council Vice Chair Sheba Nandkeolyar to discuss how to promote the entrepreneurial spirit in business and government and issues facing women in senior leadership roles.  Ms Parker talked about DFAT’s efforts to promote innovation and the difference DFAT’s Women in Leadership strategy – including a flexible work trial and training on ‘unconscious bias’ – was making to Australia’s female diplomats.  The panel event launched the Women in Business Chapter of the Australia India Business Council.

Consular Corps tour to Mildura

Consular Corps at Mildura Rural City Council

VSO made Mildura the focus for twelve Melbourne-based Consuls General during a two day tour of the regional centre on 17-18 November.  The visit showcased Mildura’s state-of-the art technology such as Mildura Fruit Company’s citrus packaging facility where oranges are photographed 18 times for irregularities and sugar levels are tested by infra-red beams to determine sweetness.  It was also an opportunity for the diplomats to examine the region’s gourmet produce, including a visit to Murray River Salt mine – this naturally pink salt is used by top chefs around the world.  The program included a moving Welcome to Country by a Latje Latje elder on the banks of the beautiful Murray.  Consuls General were impressed by the diversity of the region’s population and found many connections with their own countries.  For example, large pipes from Turkey are being used as part of the state/federal government-funded Sunraysia Irrigation Modernisation Project to improve water efficiency and writers from the United States participate every year in Mildura’s Writers Festival.  Acting State Director Estelle Parker was pleased to host local Members of Parliament Andrew Broad (federal) and Peter Crisp (state) as well as local Councillors at a dinner where celebrity chef Stefano de Pieri impressed the Consular Corps with delicious local produce.

Release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement text

The negotiated text for the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) was released on 5 November 2015.  See our summary of TPP outcomes for Australia.

Turn the world #UNBlue

Collage of Melbourne landmarks lit blue

Photo credit: DFAT / David Simmonds

Venues across Victoria joined over 350 landmarks across the globe turning UN Blue to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations on 24 October 2015.  Media release: Australia turns #UNBLUE to mark 70 years

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Victoria State Office

Passports and documents for legalisation cannot be lodged at the Victoria State Office.

Address:

Level 14, 55 Collins Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000

Telephone: (03) 9221 5555
Email: vso@dfat.gov.au
Postal address: GPO Box 784, Melbourne Vic 3001

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.

Economic Diplomacy

Economic diplomacy is a key priority for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  The Charter on Economic Diplomacy and Australian Business outlines the services the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio provides to business.  The department also maintains a business engagement page with useful information, resources and updates for business.

The Victoria State Office plays a key role in delivering economic diplomacy in Victoria in close consultation with business and the State Government of Victoria. The Victoria State Office can assist arranging speakers and putting your business in touch with relevant contacts in our international network.

Business Victoria is a comprehensive online resource designed to help you start, run and grow your business managed by the State Government of Victoria.

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 representation at Corps’ functions.

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