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H.E. Bill Tweddell
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Anzac Day 2014


The Australian and New Zealand embassies will again jointly host the 99th Anzac Day dawn service commemoration in Manila. This will be held on Friday 25 April 2014 at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Libingan ng mga Bayani) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Manila, starting at 5:30 am.


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Statement from the Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Hon Julie Bishop MP

27 March 2014

Australia warmly welcomes the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro by the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, in Manila today.

The signing ceremony concludes the long search for a peace agreement between the two sides, providing a framework for establishing a new autonomous entity known as the ‘Bangsamoro’ in parts of Mindanao. It marks an historic accomplishment on the path to achieving long-term security, stability and prosperity for the people of the southern Philippines. [More]

Invitation to Submit Proposals:
Building Autonomous and Stable Institutions and Communities in the Bangsamoro
(BASIC Bangsamoro)

Australia is seeking proposals from organisations eligible to apply for grant funding under the BASIC Bangsamoro program.

Click to view the Invitation to Submit Proposal (or download the Invitation and Template)
Click to view the Program Guidelines (or download Guidelines and Sample Forms)

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 The deadline to enrol is 8pm AWST Friday 7 March 2014.

In person voting will not be available at the Australian Embassy Manila for this election. You can apply online for a postal vote to be sent to you from Australia at

For more information, visit the AEC website at or contact the AEC via email ( or telephone (+61 2 6273 8606).

Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) is estimated to be the strongest typhoon to make landfall in history. Its scale is immense; more than 13 million people have been affected and an estimated 4 million people have been displaced. Those who survived remain in need of food, shelter and health care.

Get the latest updates on Australian assistance to the people and communities affected by the typhoon here.


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Australian Parliamentary delegates visit Bohol

Australian Senators and Members of Parliament are coming to Bohol to visit aid programs funded by the Australian Government, including post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation activities.

Five months after a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Central Visayas, particularly Bohol, the Australian Government has provided Php366 million (A$9 million) for immediate relief needs and also to support ongoing recovery and reconstruction activities in the province.

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell, who joined the Parliamentary visit, said “The Australian Government has a long-standing development partnership with the province of Bohol – spanning more than 20 years. Australia is pleased to be able to assist the Provincial Government of Bohol and communities recover from the earthquake,” Ambassador Tweddell said. [More...]

Australian Ambassador Witnesses Historic Signing, Pledges Support to Peace Process

The Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, Bill Tweddell, today reiterated Australia’s support to the peace process after attending the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which took place at Malacanang Palace. [More...]

Australia, Philippines partner to enhance quality of education in southern Philippines

Australian and Philippine universities are working together on research projects aimed at improving the quality of education in southern Philippines.

Twelve teachers from different Mindanao universities – Notre Dame of Marbel University, Holy Cross of Davao College, Holy Cross of Calinan, University of Mindanao (Davao), University of Mindanao (Tagum), Mindanao State University (Tawi Tawi), Western Mindanao State University and Cor Jesu College – recently completed a research scholarship program jointly delivered by the University of Newcastle in Australia and the University of Mindanao. The program produced twelve (12) research projects on Mindanao-related education concerns and issues. More...]


Australia provides further assistance to communities affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell today announced an additional Php403 million (A$10 million) to assist local governments and communities affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

“On behalf of the Australian Government and people, I am pleased to announce that Australia will provide a further contribution for recovery and reconstruction activities in areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda” Ambassador Tweddell said. More...]


Regional Aviation and Maritime Transportation Security Forum held in Manila

A timely regional forum on aviation and maritime transport security was held at the New World Hotel Makati 11-13 March 2014 and attended by experts from Australia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Manila forum, hosted by the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, discussed best practices in aviation and maritime transport security policy, with the primary focus on the protection of transport systems, trade routes and the travelling public from risks.


Market Australia festival highlights quality of Australian products

Recognising the continually evolving tastes and preferences of discriminating Filipino consumers, the Metro Retail Stores Group has partnered with the Australian Embassy to launch Market Australia, a three-week food and beverage festival highlighting the quality, range and diversity of Australian products available in the Philippines. [More...]



Australia announces A$150M funding assistance for education

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced new funding assistance from the Australian Government to the Philippines’ Department of Education (DepEd), totalling A$150 million or PhP 6 billion over the next six years to finance a high-impact education program.

Ms Bishop made the announcement during the launching of the Basic Education Sector Transformation (BEST) program, the new Australian-Philippine education initiative.

The BEST program supports the Aquino administration’s ambitious “K to 12” reform agenda, and will benefit more than eight million students in nearly 19,000 public schools. [More...]



40th Anniversary of Australia's relationship with ASEAN

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and the Philippines’ Secretary for Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario officially launched the 40thanniversary of Australia’s partnership with ASEAN this year in Manila (the Philippines is Australia’s current ASEAN country coordinator). They unveiled the anniversary logo and were especially joined by the ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh and the Myanmar Ambassador to the Philippines HE U Ye Myint Aung as representative of the current ASEAN Chair to mark the occasion.

“Australia’s relationship with ASEAN has grown from a modest officials’ meeting in Canberra on 16 April 1974 to one in which our cooperation is as deep as it is broad, covering trade, security, education, development, disaster relief and other areas”, Ms Bishop said. [More...]


Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting: Joint Ministerial Statement

The Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the Hon Albert del Rosario, and Secretary of Trade and Industry, the Hon Gregory Domingo, met with the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, and Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, on 20 February 2014 for the Fourth Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting.

The Secretaries and Ministers reaffirmed the steadfast friendship between the Philippines and Australia and agreed to work collaboratively to promote economic growth and new business opportunities and advance common objectives for the peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region. [More...]


Call On President Benigno S Aquino III

Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop, MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, together with the New South Wales Premier, The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP, reaffirmed the long-standing and strong relationship between Australia and the Philippines during a call on Philippines President H.E. Benigno S Aquino III at Malacanang Palace.

“Both Ministers and the NSW Premier had a productive discussion with President Aquino on a wide range of issues, including regional affairs, bilateral economic ties, defence and maritime security, and Typhoon Yolanda relief and reconstruction,” said Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell. [More...]


Australian Foreign and Trade and Investment Ministers to visit Philippines

Australia’s Foreign Affairs and Trade and Investment Ministers, together with the New South Wales Premier, are visiting the Philippines this week for high level meetings with the Philippines Government and business community.

The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, and The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP, the Premier of the state of New South Wales (NSW), will visit Manila between 19 and 21 February 2014.

Ms Bishop and Mr Robb will meet with the Secretaries for Foreign Affairs and for Trade and Industry, Albert del Rosario and Gregory Domingo, for the Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting (PAMM). [More...]


Australian-educated Filipinos promote volunteerism and social change to 'give back' to the Philippines

Australian-educated and trained Filipinos across the country gathered in a one-and-a-half day national conference to discuss and share ideas on how they could give back more to the Philippines. Organised by the Philippines Australian Alumni Association (PA3i), the conference is a platform to empower alumni to become agents of social change and development in the Philippines.

The PA3i national conference, with the theme “I am PA3i. I am Change.” brought together some of the movers and shakers of social change in the Philippines to challenge and encourage the alumni to contribute to nation-building, particularly applying knowledge and experiences gained from their Australian education. [More...]

Australian Soldiers and sailors help kids go back to school in Ormoc


Australian Defence Force engineers and sailors working in Ormoc as part of a ‘Recovery Support Force’ have focused their clean-up efforts on local schools, helping more than 14,500 students return to classes at 13 schools since school started back on December 2nd.

Since arriving at San Antonio beach from Australian amphibious ship ‘Tobruk’ on November 27th, the Australian troops have been busy, cleaning up the schools in partnership with the Australian Government and Philippines Department of Education.

The troops’ efforts over the past 12 days have repaired 175 classrooms, removing over 850 cubic metres of debris and recycling which filled 185 truckloads. [More...]

Australia boosts Typhoon Haiyan assistance

Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, announced on Sunday, 08 December 2013, an additional AU$10 million to Australia's humanitarian response in the Philippines, bringing Australia's total contribution to AU$40 million. [More...]

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop updates the House of Representatives on Australian Government Response to Typhoon Haiyan


"The Philippines is a wonderful nation with many challenges on its hands. It did not need the extra challenge of this worst ever landfall typhoon that they had to experience in recent weeks. A terrible crisis, a terrible tragedy often takes the world's attention and then we move on very quickly. The world moves on because there is so much to grab our attention. But we need to remain focused on the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and, as we said yesterday at the community day, they will always remain in our thoughts, and our actions and support will always be with them." [More...]


Australia delivers on shelter for those most in need

The Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell has handed over 1,000 family tents to the Department of Social Welfare and Development during his second visit in a fortnight to the Typhoon affected area.

Ambassador Tweddell visited Cebu City to inspect the progress of the Australian response to Typhoon Yolanda.

The United Nations estimate that 1.1 million houses were damaged in the Typhoon.

“Food, water, and the health of people affected by Typhoon Yolanda remain pressing priorities, but the initial focus in those areas is giving way to one of the other priority areas for the Philippine Government: Shelter,” Mr Tweddell said. [More...]



First Australian medical team departs Tacloban, second team arrives

The Australian medical team which has been providing life-saving surgery to victims of Typhoon Yolanda will depart Tacloban today. There will be a seamless transition to a second Australian medical team which arrives tomorrow.

Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell paid tribute to the teams’ work, saying it was a fine example of Australian-Filipino cooperation.

“The 37-member Australian medical team treated 1400 patients and operated on 137 people over ten days in Tacloban, often with the assistance of Filipino medical staff,” Mr Tweddell said. [More...]

 Australia deploys field hospital as surgical hub, evacuates over 1,000 from Tacloban

The Australian Medical Assistance Team (AusMAT) has quickly set up a 50-bed field hospital that is now functioning as the surgical hub for Tacloban. The field hospital is equipped with an X-ray facility, two operating theatres, five triage outpatient tents, and medical supplies to treat up to 4,000 patients and perform up to 200 operations


Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell personally inspected over the weekend Australian relief operations around Cebu and Leyte, just as the Australian Medical Assistance Team (AusMAT) quickly set up a 50-bed field hospital that is now functioning as the surgical hub in Tacloban. The city bore the brunt of devastation from Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan). The field hospital is equipped with an X-ray facility, two operating theatres, five triage outpatient tents, and medical supplies to treat up to 4,000 patients and perform up to 200 operations. [More...]



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