of the current civilized world are maintaining
diplomatic relations and links with each other.
Australia has about 80 embassies, consulates and
High Commissions across the world.
serve as representatives of the Australian
government in different nations and regions
As a standard practice, Australian
embassies also function to serve, assist and defend
Australian citizens that are in other countries,
whether for migration, investments or tours.
embassies are also tasked to accept and process
applications of other nationals for Australian
travel visas. Embassies are located at
capital cities of countries.
Government representative offices in
other countries are called consulates if the sites
are situated outside the capital city of a nation. In other countries, such
representations are not called embassies or
consulates, but as High Commissions, which are
headed by appointed High Commissioners.
As mentioned, most Australian government
representations worldwide are called embassies.
There are several Australian High Commissions. In
general, High Commissions are diplomatic missions
established between Commonwealth countries, like
Australia. Some of Australian high Commissions are
to be found in Ottawa, Canada; Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia; Valetta, Malta; and London, United
Kingdom. These offices are still held and maintained
by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and
The most popular and
interesting Australia High Commission is in London.
The office is located at a building
called Australia House, an edifice that has been
accommodating several other agencies of Australian federal
and state governments, like the Menzies Centre for Australia
Studies, Materiel, Austrade, Defence and the National
Library of Australia and Public Affairs.
Australia House has been among the
major landmarks across Strand. The building’s was built in
1913, but was officially inaugurated and opened in August
1918 by King George V.
The site was in a triangular shaped piece of
land. The structure was designed by Alexander Marshall
Mackenzie, a Scottish architect. Australia House is more
popular these days as its grand interior was made the site
of the Gringotts Bank in the phenomenal movie Harry
Potter and the Philosopher’s stone.
The High Commission site in London also held a significant
role in the overall history of Australian embassies. The
site of Australia House was used in 1939 as an office of the
country’s external affairs officer to Great Britain. After
World War II, Australia House was retained as a site of
Australia’s diplomatic relations with London.
By 1940, two
other external affairs offices were established in Ottawa
and Tokyo. From there, the Australian government kept on
putting up more embassies, consulates and High Commissions
across the globe. Now, Australians are served and accessed
by the government anywhere they can be.