The Australia–US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) are the principal forum for bilateral consultations with the United States. Held regularly, alternating between Australia and the United States, AUSMIN brings together the Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs and for Defence with the US Secretaries of State and Defense, along with senior officials from both portfolios.
The consultations provide a major opportunity to discuss and share perspectives and approaches on major global and regional political issues, and to deepen bilateral foreign security and defence cooperation.
AUSMIN fact sheet: dates and locations
AUSMIN 2017, Sydney
On 5 June 2017, Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, and Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne, hosted U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Sydney for the annual Australia-United States Ministerial consultations.
AUSMIN 2015, Boston
Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, Minister for Defence Marise Payne, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter met on 13 October 2015 in Boston for the Australia-United States Ministerial consultations.
AUSMIN 2014, Sydney
On 12 August 2014, the Australian Government hosted United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in Sydney for the 2014 Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations.
AUSMIN 2013, Washington DC
AUSMIN 2012, Perth
AUSMIN 2011, San Francisco
AUSMIN 2010, Melbourne
AUSMIN 2009, Washington
Also see the AUSMIN website by the Embassy of the United States of America in Canberra.