Australian Embassy
The Philippines
Embassy address: Level 23-Tower 2 RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City, 1200 - Telephone: 757 8100 - Fax: 757 8268 - Immigration and Visa Office: 757 8340

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H.E. Bill Tweddell
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 2014 Direct Aid Program (DAP) Call for Proposals - Human Rights

The Embassy is pleased to invite interested and qualified non-government organisations (NGOs) and community groups engaged in Human Rights work to submit proposals for the 2014-2015 financial year [More Information...]

Latest News

Australian and Philippine universities forge academic collaboration to boost human resource management

Australia provides further support to the Philippines after Typhoon Hagupit

Australia provides emergency assistance for families affected by Typhoon Ruby

Australia supports Philippines after Typhoon Hagupit (Statement of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop)

Australia’s Statement on Typhoon Hagupit (Statement of Ambassador Bill Tweddell)

Australian volunteers: Partners to Philippine progress

Community-initiated development projects receive Australian grants

Filipino public servants receive prestigious Australia Awards Scholarships

Handover of houses in Barangay San Agustin Palo, Leyte - Remarks by Ambassador Bill Tweddell

Australia supports ongoing recovery efforts in Yolanda-hit areas

Australian Ambassador Welcomes Bangsamoro Development Plan

Reception with Local Government Leaders of Northern Samar - Remarks by Ambassador Bill Tweddell

"Thank you to the Provincial Government of Northern Samar and the Municipal Government of Catarman, particularly Governor Jun Ong and Catarman Councilor Butch Bonsol, for inviting me to visit your province. I am honoured to be here.

This is my first time to visit here. I am pleased to be seeing for myself that Catarman and the province of Northern Samar have a long history of partnership with the Australian Government."  [More...] 

Catarman Sangguniang Bayan (Municipal Council) Session - Address by Ambassador Bill Tweddell

"Thank you to the Municipal Government of Catarman, particularly Mayor Rosales and Councilor Bonsol, for inviting me to this session. I am honoured to be here.

Australia has, in the past, worked with various non-government organisations here and supported community-based initiatives, particularly on improving livelihood opportunities and promoting sustainable agriculture. I note that Australia also supported the construction of the Catarman Bridge II, now known as the ‘Philippines-Australia Friendship Bridge’, and am pleased to learn that this has brought significant benefits to the people of Catarman."[More...]

Australian Embassy announces inaugural Alumni Grants Scheme Recipients

Four innovative projects spearheaded by Australian alumni have been awarded funding support under the Australian Embassy’s inaugural Alumni Grants Scheme (AGS). Launched in June 2014, the AGS enables Australian alumni to harness their expertise towards projects that contribute to growth and prosperity of the Philippines, particularly in sectors that have been identified as priority areas for cooperation by the Australian and Philippine Governments. These sectors include: education; emergency management; governance; environment; and entrepreneurship. [More...]

Solidarity Greeting at the 70th Leyte Gulf Landings Anniversary by Ambassador Bill Tweddell

 "It is my honour and privilege to be here this morning to represent the people of Australia and, in particular, the men, women and veterans of the Australian Defence Force. We gather on this solemn occasion to offer our deep respect, and to acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who fought so bravely in these seas, in the skies above, and on this land, to contribute to the immense task of liberating the islands of the Philippines 70 years ago. " More...]

Australians honoured at Philippine WWII memorial site

A memorial has been dedicated at Palo, Leyte to honour the 92 Australians who gave their lives during the liberation of the Philippines in the Second World War. The monument stands close to the site where General Douglas MacArthur first stepped ashore after leading the advance from Australia, and will be unveiled ton the eve of commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Leyte Landings. [More...]

Philippines works with international experts to improve airport security

The Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is hosting the forum in Manila to provide information to airport operators and Philippine authorities about the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) design requirements and how they can be applied in an airport environment. [More...]

Australia, Philippines celebrate 30 years of law enforcement partnership 

Australia and the Philippines today mark 30 years of law enforcement partnership. Since the Australian Federal Police (AFP) arrived in 1984, its work with Philippine law enforcement agencies has grown to encompass a range of activities from combatting terrorism and other forms of transnational crime to training and assistance programs. [More...]

Abot-Alam Project Launch - Message of Support by Ambassador Tweddell - 30 September 2014

Australia helps Bohol build back better

As the first anniversary of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol on 15 October 2013 approaches, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell returns to the province this week to launch the “Abot Alam” program for out of school youth, turn over 40,000 books under the “Books for Asia” program, lead groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of classrooms under the Basic Education Sector Transformation (BEST) program, and conduct site inspection of rehabilitated roads under the Provincial Road Management Facility (PRMF). [More]

Promoting a people and job-centred approach to disaster response

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Australian Government will bring together community leaders from areas hit by Typhoon Bopha (also named Pablo) in a forum to discuss a people and job-centred approach to disaster response. [More...]

Australia and the Philippines Strengthen Partnership to Counter Immigration Fraud And Trans-National Crime

A key initiative between Australia and the Philippine Bureau of Immigration has been given a major boost. New forensic document examination equipment and software has been provided by the Australian Government to bolster border security and improve the Bureau’s capacity to combat irregular migration, people smuggling, human trafficking and terrorism. [More...]

Filipino scholars of prestigious Australia Awards return to contribute positive change

Australian Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Dr David Dutton welcomed 34 Filipino scholars of the prestigious Australia Awards program on their return to the Philippines after having completed post-graduate studies at Australia's top universities.

“The Australia Awards provides opportunities for the Philippines’ best and brightest to advance their education at Australia’s world-class universities and, upon their return, contribute to the growth and stability of the Philippines,” Dr Dutton said. [More...]


Australia provides further support for recovery and reconstruction following Yolanda

Australia is providing a further Php292 million (A$7.3 million) to support the massive ongoing recovery and reconstruction activities in areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda in November last year. The additional contribution will be provided through the Resilience and Preparedness towards Inclusive Development (RAPID) Program jointly implemented by the Government of the Philippines through the Climate Change Commission, the United Nations Development Program, and the Australian Government. [More...]

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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