Requests for agrément for new heads of mission (ambassadors or high commissioners) should be submitted to Protocol Branch. Such requests may be made by note verbale or letter from the mission in Canberra or from the foreign ministry of the sending state. For non-resident missions, requests may be made through the Australian mission in the city where the nominee usually resides. A detailed curriculum vitae should be provided with the request. A formal response can usually be expected within six to eight weeks.
Australia has a strict practice of maintaining confidentiality regarding head of mission nominations until agrément has been granted.