Visits, events and business briefings

Ambassadors and High Commissioners from our overseas posts regularly visit our state and territory offices to meet with senior business and government officials. During mid-term consultations, they conduct seminars on issues topical to the bilateral relationships they manage.

The Department also operates a special visits program (SVP), which brings influential foreign officials, academics and business people to Australia. It is targeted at individuals who can contribute to a greater understanding of Australia's policies and institutions, and who are likely to be in positions which deal with issues of direct relevance to Australia's foreign and trade policy interests.

Visits, events and business briefings by state/territory



New South Wales State Office

The NSW State Office has an active program of business seminars on topical trade issues. These feature guest speakers including currently serving Australian Ambassadors/High Commissioners, high profile overseas visitors and experts from the department in Canberra. The seminars are intended to give exporters insights into their markets and additional understanding of global and regions issues affecting Australia's trade and investment performance.

Northern Territory State Office

Ambassadors and High Commissioners (Heads of Mission) from our overseas posts regularly visit the Northern Territory and are available to meet senior representatives from industry, universities and State and local governments. They can also be invited as guest speakers at meetings of foreign chambers of commerce and industry, business councils and other groups. If you are interested in engaging our Heads of Mission, please address all correspondence to dfat.darwin@dfat.gov.au. While requests for appointments will be considered, programs may already be finalised.

DFAT also operates a Special Visits Program (SVP) and an International Media Visitors program (IMV). SVPs involve influential or potentially influential individuals who can contribute in their country to a greater understanding of Australia's policies and institutions. They are likely to be people in positions which deal with issues of direct relevance to Australia's foreign and trade policy interests. Similarly, IMVs provide an opportunity for select foreign media representatives to obtain a better understanding of Australia and its key domestic and international issues.

For further information please contact:

Northern Territory Office
Phone: (08) 8982 4199
Email: dfat.darwin@dfat.gov.au

Dates (2015) Name of visitor/event
8-10 Nov Northern Australian Investment Forum (invitation-only event)
15-16 Oct Visit by His Excellency Mr Peter Doyle, Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste
16 Oct His Excellency Mr Peter Doyle, Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste briefing to Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce
4 Sep Trilateral Economic Cooperation Workshop
31 Aug – 4 Sep Ms Cathy Raper, Representative, Australian Office, Taipei

Queensland State Office

Ambassadors and High Commissioners (Heads of Mission) from our overseas posts regularly visit Queensland and are available to meet senior representatives from industry, universities and State and local governments. They can also be invited as guest speakers at meetings of foreign chambers of commerce and industry, business councils and other groups. If you are interested in engaging our Heads of Mission, please address all correspondence to the Visits Officer at Brisbane@dfat.gov.au. While requests for appointments will be considered, programs may already be finalised.

DFAT also operates a Special Visits Program (SVP) and an International Media Visitors program (IMV). SVPs involve influential or potentially influential individuals who can contribute in their country to a greater understanding of Australia's policies and institutions. They are likely to be people in positions which deal with issues of direct relevance to Australia's foreign and trade policy interests. Similarly, IMVs provide an opportunity for select foreign media representatives to obtain a better understanding of Australia and its key domestic and international issues.

For further information please contact:

Business Relations, Visits and Outreach Officer
Queensland State Office
Phone: (07) 3405 4762
Email: Brisbane@dfat.gov.au

South Australia State Office

Ambassadors and High Commissioners from our overseas posts regularly visit South Australia and are available to meet with South Australian companies, universities and State Government Departments. They can also speak at meetings of Chambers, Business Councils or associations.

The Department also operates a Cultural Awards Scheme (CAS), a Special Visits Program (SVP) and an Overseas Media Visitors Program (OMV).

The Cultural Awards Scheme targets key international figures in the areas of media, performing and visual arts, heritage, conservation and restoration and arts management. The Department brings these people to Australia to improve Australia's image in key markets and provide a greater awareness of the diversity, excellence and sophistication of the Australian cultural product. It is envisaged that improved commercial possibilities and enhanced institutional links and networks of personal contacts will also emerge from the visit, thereby promoting Australia's image and cultural product in key markets.

The Special Visits Program similarly targets influential or potentially influential individuals who can contribute in their country to a greater understanding of Australia's policies and institutions. They are likely to be people in positions which deal with issues of direct relevance to Australia's foreign and trade policy interests.

The Overseas Media Visitors Program provides opportunities for foreign media representatives to obtain a better understanding of Australia and its key domestic and international issues. The program also enables governments, their departments, business and community groups and academic institutions the opportunity to promote their interests across a broad spectrum of the Australian profile, including political, economic, social and cultural activities.

Please check regularly for updates/additions.

Tasmania State Office

The Tasmania State Office has regular program of events and visitors in Hobart and across the state, including business seminars on topical trade issues, guest speakers including currently serving Australian Ambassadors/High Commissioners, high profile overseas visitors and experts from the department in Canberra.

If you have a query about or would like to request a meeting with one of our visitors, please email: dfat.tasmania@dfat.gov.au. In your email, please specify who would like to meet with our visitor as well as your interests in the visitor's particular area of responsibility.

Victoria State Office

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 Consuls-General, high profile overseas visitors and specialists from the department. The list below includes details of forthcoming visits. Please note that while all requests for appointments with visitors to the office will be considered, visit programs may already be finalised.

Western Australia State Office

Ambassadors and High Commissioners from our posts overseas regularly visit Western Australia to meet with senior business and government officials. During mid-term consultations, they conduct seminars on issues topical to the bilateral relationships they manage.

The Department also operates a special visits program (SVP), which brings influential foreign officials, academics and business people to Australia. It is targeted at individuals who can contribute to a greater understanding of Australia's policies and institutions, and who are likely to be in positions which deal with issues of direct relevance to Australia's foreign and trade policy interests.

If you would like any information on the listed events or to register for a seminar, please contact the person listed against each visitor, or by email to: dfat.wa@dfat.gov.au

In your email, please specify who would like to meet with our visitor as well as your interests in the visitor's particular areas of responsibility. All requests will be considered, but we cannot guarantee it will always be possible to arrange a meeting given time constraints.

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Last Updated: 9 May 2016