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Welcome to the Australian Embassy in Jordan
Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Jordan. We have developed this site to provide visitors with information on the Embassy's services as well as the relationship between Australia and Jordan. The website also contains useful links aimed at answering some commonly-asked questions about Australia: visas and immigration; links to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Australian Embassies and Australian Government websites. These links are designed to assist those looking for information on Australian culture, business opportunities, international activities and government services.
Thank you for visiting our website and we hope it provides you with the information you seek.
Heidi Venamore PSM
Ambassador's Opinion Piece on Jordan’s role in the UN Security Council
published in Al Rai (04/02/2014), Jordan Times (05/02/2014) and Al Ghad (10/02/2014)
Australia's longstanding friendship with Jordan is based, in part, on our shared interests in an effective United Nations system that addresses some of the most significant challenges to international peace and security; challenges that no one country can address individually.
Australia is pleased to be serving with Jordan on the United Nations Security Council for its term 2014-15. Australia also congratulates Jordan on its successful presidency of the Council for the month of January. We recognise Jordan’s leadership in managing a busy and productive agenda for the Council, including chairing 24 meetings, negotiations on the overseeing the renewal of 3 mandates, the adoption of a new resolution, and negotiation of 9 Council Press Statements and Presidential statements on Mali and Iraq.
The Security Council’s mandate – to maintain international peace and security - is a daunting one. Every day, Council members are working to end conflicts, both within countries, and between them, and to build peace after conflict. The Council manages peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions in over 30 countries. It works to ensure the protection of civilians in armed conflict, and the prevention of sexual violence in conflict. The Council is working to combat terrorist and proliferation threats, including the illicit trade of arms and weapons, and overseeing the implementation of its sanctions regimes.
Australia looks forward to working with Jordan and our fellow Council members to tackle these threats to international peace and security.
Stability in the Middle East, including Syria, will remain a central focus of Council efforts in the coming months. Regional instability has a particularly acute impact for Jordan. Australia recognises Jordan’s significant contribution to hosting nearly 600,000 Syrian refugees, in addition to Iraqi and Palestinian refugees.
Since 2011, Australia has provided over $13.4 million in aid to support Jordan’s ongoing humanitarian response to the influx of Syrian refugees. Australia has also driven Council action to address the dire humanitarian situation in Syria, and is co-chairing, with Luxembourg, the High-Level Humanitarian Contact Group on Syria.
Australia further commends the critical role that Jordan has played in advancing final status negotiations in the Middle East Peace Process, including its efforts as a member of the League of Arab States.
Council members will be focused on ensuring UN peacekeeping and political mandates are effective and realistic, including new and ongoing African missions. Jordan already has an impressive record as a significant peacekeeping contributor, with more than 3,200 personnel serving across eight UN missions. Australian and Jordan are serving together in UNSC-mandated missions in Afghanistan and South Sudan.
Australia will be working with Jordan and our counterparts to make concrete steps towards non-proliferation and disarmament. We are particularly focused on building on the Security Council’s first ever resolution on small arms and light weapons under Australia’s presidency in September 2013.
Importantly, our cooperation in the Security Council builds on an already strong partnership between Australia and Jordan. Our likeminded approach on defense and security matters will be bolstered by the establishment of a Defence Attaché position at the Australian Embassy in Amman. And our ties continue to be strengthened through trade, which was valued at over $190 million in 2012, and which offers good prospects for growth.
It is in both Jordan and Australia’s interests to ensure the Security Council fulfills its responsibility for international peace and security. We look forward to working in cooperation with Jordan over the coming months and years to this end.
Counter People Smuggling Communication
The Australian Government has introduced a tough new policy for managing illegal maritime arrivals by boat to Australia called Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB).
OSB is a military-led border security initiative to stop the boats, to prevent people risking their lives at sea in the hands of criminals, and to preserve the integrity of Australia’s immigration program.
The new policy introduces a rapid transfer process where asylum seekers are transferred to either the country of Papua New Guinea or country of Nauru within 48 hours of arrival in Australia. The new policy also includes the expansion of processing centres in both locations as well as the turning back of asylum seeker boats.
The OSB Joint Agency Taskforce is delivering a range of offshore communication activities to inform people considering coming to Australia illegally by boat that the rules have changed and they will never get to Australia.
An Arabic factsheet on OSB can be found at the following link:
Media Releases by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection can be found at the following link:
Media Releases and up to date information from the Joint Agency Task Force (JATF) can be found at the following link:
Further information in Arabic and languages other than English can be found at the following link:
Video footage in Arabic on OSB can be found at the following link:
2014 Western Australian Senate Election
An election for six new Senators for Western Australia will be held on Saturday 5 April 2014.
You can check if you are enrolled to vote in Western Australia, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AWST Friday 7 March 2014.
In person voting will not be available at the Australian Embassy, Amman for this election. You can apply online for a postal vote to be sent to you from Australia at www.aec.gov.au/overseas.
Information for Australian Citizens
- The Embassy has introduced an appointments system for Consular & Passports clients. Please click here for further information.
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