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Australian Embassy in Ethiopia

Welcome Message from the Ambassador

HE Mark Sawers

Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy, Addis Ababa.

The Embassy has responsibility for Australia’s relations with Ethiopia, Djibouti, and the African Union (AU).

As the second most populous country in Africa, Ethiopia is an important regional leader, and Australia looks forward to developing our already warm bilateral relationship further. We also aim to build deeper relations with Djibouti, an important regional transport hub, which also supports vital anti-piracy activities in the Indian Ocean region.

The AU plays a central role in the economic and social development and peace and security of the African continent and it is an important focus of Australia’s relationship with the whole region. 

Across Ethiopia, Djibouti and the AU, Australia supports cooperation in the areas of peace and security, human resource development, food security, agriculture, and mining good governance. Australia has a strong stake in the economic development of the region and has much to offer in the areas of mining, agriculture and education.

I hope this website will assist you to understand more about Australia, its Government and its people. Australia is an inspiring and unique country with a strong economy, a diverse, multicultural society, a wealth of natural wonders, and a firm commitment to forging positive partnerships around the globe.

I appreciate your interest in Australia and hope you too can contribute to stronger relations with Australia in all fields.

Mark Sawers

Australia Awards - Call for Applications

The call for applications for the 2015-16 Australia Awards (Africa Fellowships) intake - for short course awards delivered in Africa - opened on 1 September 2014 and will close on 16 January 2015. Applications can be made online via the Australia Awards in Africa website: The Africa Fellowships (short courses) brochure can assist applicants determine their eligibility. The Africa Fellowships program targets the extractives, agriculture and trade policy sectors.



White Ribbon Day, 25 November - Helping to Stop Men’s Violence Against Women

The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global male-led movement to stop violence against women. It engages and enables men and boys to lead this social change. In Australia, White Ribbon is an organisation that works to prevent violence by changing attitudes and behaviours.

White Ribbon Australia, now in its 11th year, continues to focus attention on men’s violence against women and uncover these secrets. White Ribbon recognises the positive role men play in preventing violence against women and drives male leadership and engagement in violence prevention. This is based on the understanding that most men are not violent.

“Men are the backbone of the White Ribbon campaign. Men get involved because they are deeply concerned about the rates of violence against women and want to drive social change.” said Libby Davies, CEO.

The White Ribbon campaign runs year-long, culminating on White Ribbon Day, 25 November. Throughout the year and particularly in November, White Ribbon events are being held across Australia to raise awareness of and educate about men’s violence against women. The events raise critical funds for the prevention work White Ribbon does in schools, workplaces and across the community.
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New measures in the fight against Ebola

The Australian Government announced new measures in the fight against Ebola, including the end-to-end management of a 100-bed Ebola treatment facility in Sierra Leone.  In addition to the treatment facility, Australia will provide $2 million to RedR Australia to fund the deployment of technical experts to non-frontline roles in the United Nations Ebola response.

These new measures will increase Australia's contribution to the international Ebola response to around $42 million.

The Prime Minister and Health Minster of Australia issued a joint press release on 5 November 2014 on the new measures in the fight against Ebola. (

Farewells and Welcomes

The Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa said a fond farewell to HE Ms Lisa Filipetto at the end of her term as Ambassador of Australia to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti and Permanent Representative to the African Union Commission.

The Embassy welcomed HE Mr Mark Sawers, as Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, with concurrent responsibility for Australia’s relations with the African Union and non-resident accreditation to Djibouti. More 

Ambassador to Ethiopia 

Mark Sawers

Media Release:   Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP17, 17 September 2014

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Mark Sawers as Australia’s next Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, with concurrent responsibility for Australia’s relations with the African Union and non-resident accreditation to Djibouti.

Mr Sawers is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Until recently, he was the Director of the East Asia Summit and Regional Forums Section in Canberra. He has previously served overseas as High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, as DFAT Adviser to the Commander of the International Stabilisation Force in Timor Leste and as First Secretary, later Counsellor in our mission to the United Nations in Geneva.

Mr Sawers holds a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University, and Masters degrees in Public Administration, International Law and Strategic and Defence Studies.

Australia enjoys warm bilateral relations with Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa and one of the world’s fastest growing economies. The relationship is strengthened by Australia’s Ethiopian-born community which has grown steadily to about 8,500. Ethiopia opened an Embassy in Canberra in December 2013.

Ethiopia is the seat of the African Union, the premier organisation promoting regional continental, integration and peace and security in Africa. Mr Sawers will work to advance Australia’s cooperation with the African Union on global issues, including peace and security, trade and investment and development cooperation. The African Union is playing an increasingly important role in international affairs, including in Somalia and South Sudan. Australia has actively engaged in addressing security challenges such as these through its membership of the UN Security Council in 2013-14.

Australia is expected to provide $186.9 million in Australian Official Development Assistance to sub-Saharan Africa in 2014-15, focused on promoting economic growth, trade and job creation, in particular through investments in the extractives and agriculture sectors. Australia will provide around 500 Australia Awards scholarships to Africa in 2014.

Mr Sawers is expected to take up his appointment in October. I thank outgoing Ambassador Lisa Filipetto for her work in strengthening Australia’s relations with Ethiopia and the African Union since 2010.

New Chancery for Australian Embassy, Addis Ababa 

Ambassador Filipetto and guest of honour Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos lead the ribbon cutting, flanked by Project Director Russell Looker and Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps Ambassador Andrew Hama Mtetwa (Zimbabwe). Photo Credit:  Asmelash Photography 

The Australian Embassy, Addis Ababa, moved into new premises on 1 July 2014, following a 20-month project to transform an existing four-storey villa into our permanent Chancery in Ethiopia.

The Embassy held a soft opening on 15 July for Ambassadors and staff of neighbouring Embassies. The guest of honour was Ethiopia’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos.

The Chancery opening is a milestone in Australia’s relations with Ethiopia and the African Union.

Australia first established diplomatic relations with Ethiopia in 1965 and the African Union in 2008, accredited from Nairobi. An Embassy was opened in Addis Ababa in 1984 but withdrew in 1987, with accreditation returning to Nairobi.

In September 2010, the current Embassy commenced operations from temporary premises in the Hilton Hotel. Staff were recruited and trained. The Embassy did its work as a UNSC non-permanent member, a development partner and more recently G20 President from a series of suites in the Hotel.

The relationship took another step forward in December 2013 when Ethiopia opened an Embassy in Australia.

Work on the permanent Chancery began in November 2012. Between 60 and 70 workers were present on the site daily. Worker safety was made a priority and there were no reportable injuries. The project saw significant skills transfer as local workers rose to the challenge of using imported building materials not normally found in Ethiopia.

Project Director Russell Looker did an outstanding job in delivering the project to a very high standard in a difficult operating environment. The new Chancery serves as a showcase of Australian design and construction and provides an excellent working environment for the Embassy’s 26 staff.  

We have moved!

The Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa has moved to its new office located at Bole Sub City, Woreda 03 (Turkish Compound, off Cape Verde Street) on 1 July 2014.

The Embassy can be reached on Telephone +251 116 672 678, Fax +251 116 672 868 and e-mail

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 Embassy in Addis Ababa 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).

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