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The Australian Embassy in the UK

by Pilar Dujan | October 5, 2023
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When traveling internationally, it’s always helpful to know where the nearest embassy or consulate is located. Those are the entities to which ask for help in case of any emergency.

Here you will learn about the diplomatic missions of Australia in the UK. Where are they? How can you contact them? Where do you go if you have any issues with your travel visa or passport? Find out.

How many Australian embassies are there in the UK?

There are two: the High Commission in London and the Australian Embassy in Dublin.

Which Australian embassy is in charge of processing visas?

If you need to apply for an Australia visa in person, you have to go to the Australian High Commission in London, not the Embassy in Dublin. The High Commission is also in charge of issuing emergency passports and legalization of documents.

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Where are Australian embassies and consulates in the UK?

Australian High Commission in London

Address: Strand, London WC2B 4LA, United Kingdom

Australian Embassy in Dublin

Address: Level 3 47, 49 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, D02 W634, Ireland

How can I contact the Australian Embassy in the UK?

Australian High Commission in London

Telephone number: +44 (0) 20 7379 4334

Fax: +44 (0) 20 7240 5333

Switchboard: +61 2 6261 1111

Office hours: 9 hs to 17 hs, from Monday to Friday.

Australian Embassy in Dublin

Telephone number: +61 2 6261 3305

Number for SMS: +61 421 269 080

Switchboard: +353 1 664 5300

Email address: [email protected]

Office hours: from 8:30 hs to 16:30 hs, from Monday to Friday.

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Who is the head of the Australian Embassy in the UK?

The head of the Australian High Commission in London is the Honourable Stephen Francis Smith. He started working in the High Commission in January, 2023.

The head of the Australian Embassy in Dublin is the Honourable Gary Gray, AO. He has been fulfilling this role since September, 2020. He’s known for being in charge of the first Australian Embassy to fly the Australian Aboriginal flag alongside the Australian flag.

What is the difference between an Australian embassy and an Australian consulate?

The difference between embassies and consulates is that, although they are both diplomatic missions, they serve different purposes.

An embassy is in charge of the relationship of its country with others, of the big picture policies.

In contrast, a consulate or high commission has a narrower scope of action. It deals mostly with its own citizens. That’s why, in this case, for visa processing you need to visit the High Commission in London, not the Australian Embassy in Dublin. That’s also the case if you need to renew your passport.

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Where are the British Embassies in Australia?

British High Commission in Canberra

Address: High Commission Of Britain, 130 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla ACT 2600, Australia

Telephone: +61 (0)2 6270 6666/ +44 20 7008 5000

Fax: +61 (0)2 6273 3236

Website: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-high-commission-canberra

Website for consular enquiries: www.gov.uk/contact-consulate-canberra

Email for non-consular enquiries: [email protected]

British Consulate-General in Sydney

Address: Gateway Building, Level 16, 1 Macquarie Pl, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Telephone: +61 2 8247 2200 / +44 1908 51 6666

Website: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-consulate-general-sydney

Website for consular enquiries: www.gov.uk/contact-consulate-canberra

Email for non-consular enquiries: [email protected] 

British Consulate-General in Melbourne

Address: 17th Floor/90 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Telephone: +61 (03) 9652 1600 / +44 20 7008 5000

Website: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-consulate-general-melbourne

Website for consular enquiries: www.gov.uk/contact-consulate-melbourne

Email for non-consular enquiries: [email protected] 

British Consulate-General in Brisbane

Address: Level 9, 100 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia

Telephone: +61 (07) 3223 3200 / +44 20 7008 5000

Website: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-consulate-general-brisbane

Website for consular enquiries: www.gov.uk/contact-consulate-brisbane

Email for non-consular enquiries: [email protected] 

British Consulate-General in Perth

Address: Level 12, 251 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Telephone: +61 (08) 9224 4700 / +61(0)2 6270 6666 / +44 20 7008 5000

Website: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-consulate-perth

Website for consular enquiries: www.gov.uk/contact-consulate-perth

Email for non-consular enquiries: [email protected]