Australian Embassy
Turkish Compound (off Cape Verde Street), Bole Sub City, Addis Ababa

Australian Embassy in Ethiopia

Ms Lisa Filipetto, Australian Ambassador to Ethiopia

Welcome message from HE Ambassador Lisa Filipetto

Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa. This newly established Embassy has responsibility for Australia's relations with Ethiopia, the African Union and Djibouti.



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



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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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