Local engagements

Individual Australian embassies, high commissions and consulates overseas periodically employ locally engaged staff (LES) to undertake research, administrative and other support roles. LES employees are engaged overseas to work for DFAT or another Australian Government agency at an overseas post. All LES vacancies are advertised on the website of the relevant embassy, high commission or consulate and all enquiries about these positions should be made directly to the relevant mission.

Locally engaged staff do not have diplomatic or consular status, privileges or immunity. LES employment is built on the framework of local labour law. Remuneration and terms and conditions of employment for LES positions are based on local labour laws and local labour market conditions. Prospective applicants need to demonstrate that they are eligible to work by meeting the local citizenship or visa requirements. The department does not fund relocation costs for LES positions.

Contact details for Australian overseas posts


Last Updated: 17 January 2018