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Welcome to the Australian Embassy in Iraq
This site is designed to provide visitors with information on the Embassy's services as well as the relationship between Australia and Iraq. The website contains useful links on Australian culture, business opportunities, international activities and government services, including visas and immigration. Thank you for visiting our website and we hope it provides you with the information you seek.
Lyndall Sachs PSM
Australian Prime Minister visits Baghdad
04 January 2015
It is an honour to be here in Baghdad with Prime Minister Al-Abadi.
It is an honour to be able to say thank you to the Australian armed forces personnel who have been helping the government and the people of Iraq in the struggle against the Daesh death cult which now holds sway over much of Eastern Syria and significant parts of Northern Iraq.
This is an important struggle.
It's a struggle not just for the people of Iraq, and not just for the people of this region, but for the whole world – because the Daesh death cult, the ISIL death cult, has declared war against the world.
We haven't just seen millions of people displaced, we haven't just seen tens of thousands of people killed here in Iraq; we haven't just seen the beheadings, the crucifixions, the mass executions and the sexual slavery here in Iraq, we have also seen exhortations from the death cult to people right around the world to engage in acts of terrorism, and even Australia has had its brush with terrorism in recent weeks.
Australia has been active here in Iraq since August of last year: first, with humanitarian food drops in Mt Sinjar and elsewhere; second, with delivering weapons to those who are fighting against the Daesh death cult; more recently, with air strikes as part of an international coalition; and, most recently, with training and assistance for the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service.
We are determined to deepen our cooperation with the government and the people of Iraq in the weeks and months to come: not because we are a country which goes forward seeking foreign fights, but because where our vital national interests are threatened, where universal values are at stake, Australia should be a strong partner.
Australia should be the best possible international citizen and this is what we believe we are doing here in Iraq.
At the same time as being militarily active, we are also increasing our humanitarian assistance to the government and the people of Iraq, and I can today announce a further $5 million in food aid towards people who have been displaced by the Daesh conflict here in Iraq.
This is my first visit to Baghdad. It is my first visit to Iraq.
Iraq is a country which has suffered a very great deal. First, decades of tyranny under Saddam Hussein. Then, the chaos and confusion that followed the American-led invasion. Most recently, the tumult, the dark age, which has descended upon Northern Iraq as a result of the Daesh death cult, but Australia will do what we can to help.
I want to thank Prime Minister Al-Abadi for the work that he is doing. He has an extraordinarily difficult job.
The people of Iraq are going through an extraordinarily difficult time, but Australia is a friend of the Iraqi people and we will do everything we reasonably can to support the Iraqi government as it does what's necessary to restore its control over its own country and its own citizens.
So, again, Prime Minister, thank you so much for making me welcome and I look forward to a strong and constructive partnership in the weeks and months ahead.
Additional Humanitarian Assistance to Iraq
04 January 2015
Australia will provide a further $5m of life saving assistance to the people in Iraq, who continue to suffer from ISIL's terrorist activities.
There are now more than 5.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Iraq. Over 2.2 million of these have been driven from their homes due to ISIL terrorist attacks and are living in temporary shelters.
The $5m will enable the World Food Program in Iraq to provide food for approximately 350,000 people for the next month. This food assistance is critical as Iraq is now in the middle of winter and local communities have lost their harvest due to the ongoing attacks by ISIL.
Australia's funding will provide critical support for women and children who continue to be disproportionately impacted by the ongoing violence in Iraq.
This new contribution will bring Australia's humanitarian assistance to Iraq to $22 million since June last year.
Launch of AFC Cup Trophy Tour
11 December 2014
On 9 December 2014, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted an event at its Canberra headquarters to celebrate the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup Trophy Tour. The event was attended by many senior dignitaries, including HE Mouayed Saleh, Ambassador of Iraq to Australia, and former Socceroos player Mark Bosnich as a special guest.
The Asian Cup will kick off on January 9 with 32 matches played in five cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle, across 23 days. The AFC Asian Cup is the oldest, largest and most prestigious football event in Asia. It is the biggest football championship ever played in Australia. In addition to Australia and Iraq, the 14 other qualifying teams include Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Iran, Kuwait, Jordan, China and Palestine.
The AFC Asian Football Cup 2015 is not only an opportunity to show the world Australia’s sporting pedigree, but also welcome our neighbours and friends to Australia. Ahead of the tournament, the Asian Cup Trophy will be displayed in each host city from December 4-12. It will travel to Parramatta, Newcastle, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.
Sport provides us with a common language – it can make huge leaps in strengthening ties between countries. It allows us to demonstrate what we stand for as a nation, as well as the opportunity to surpass social, cultural and language barriers.
Iraqi Ambassador Saleh with former Socceroos player Mark Bosnich
Celebrating 40 years of Australian aid
10 December 2014
Over 40 years Australia has played a critical role in fostering economic growth, good governance and stability around the world, including in Iraq. Our international efforts have included peace-building and humanitarian support, and have improved health, education, employment and economic opportunities.
Production of prosthetics in Iraq, 2003. Photo Victor Mello, UNDP Iraq
Deminers at work in Iraq, 2011. Photo Victor Mello UNDP Iraq
Further humanitarian assistance to Iraq and Syria
22 October 2014
The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Ms Julie Bishop, has announced that Australia will provide an additional AUD15 million for life-saving assistance to people in Iraq and Syria affected by the ongoing violence perpetrated by terrorists.
An estimated 16 million people inside Iraq and Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance – half of whom have been forced to flee their homes in the face of the onslaught of ISIL or Da’esh. With winter approaching, displaced people in both countries are at risk of exposure to harsh weather, particularly those residing in unfinished buildings, crowded camps or in the open.
Australian funding will provide shelter, food and medical assistance. In Iraq Australia will provide AUD10 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, World Food Programme and Plan International Australia. This funding will include support for women and for the protection of children targeted by terrorist organisations. This builds on Australia’s support for women and girls in Iraq through the United Nations Population Fund.
In Syria, Australia will provide AUD5 million to the World Food Programme for the delivery of food and to an international non-government organisation for urgent medical assistance.
This funding announcement brings Australia’s total assistance for Iraq to AUD17 million since June and for Syria to AUD135.8 million since the conflict began in 2011.
The Australian Embassy Baghdad has a vacancy for a Translator/Interpreter/Administrative Assistant to support the Defence Section.
For information regarding the job description, skills required and selection process, please click on the link below.
If you wish to apply, your application should consist of the following:
1. A completed application form (click on the link below)
2. A resume (curriculum vitae) which outlines relevant personal information, education, complete career history and references from previous employers.
3. Most important – a written statement of no more than 3 pages directly addressing each of the selection criteria outlined in the job description.
The completed application package should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close on Sunday 01 February 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.