Welcome to the official website of the Australian Embassy in Brazil. Find out about Australia’s history, economy, culture and art; discover opportunities to visit, study or work in Australia; learn about cooperation between Australia and Brazil, and much more!
Australian Innovation: a memorable history and a bright future ahead
Australia has a long history of innovation across a broad range of areas from penicillin, to the flight recorder and safety chute from aircraft and the utility vehicle (known in the US as a pickup). This history of innovation continues and we will be bringing you a series over the next few months covering everything from quantum computing to carbon fibre and medicine. To kick off we will start with a fascinating innovation pioneered by a Brazilian scientist working in Australia’s leading research organisation the CSIRO.
Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program
Applications for the 2018 Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) are open 5 February to 8 March (Brazilian time). ACDGP supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives which promote our economic, artistic, and cultural assets to an international audience. These initiatives strengthen Australia’s reputation as an innovative, creative nation and foster collaborative people-to-people links internationally. For more information, see: goo.gl/71CH6H
2018 Batman by-election
A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Batman in Victoria will be held on Saturday 17 March 2018. You can check if you are enrolled in the Division of Batman, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AEDT Wednesday 14 February 2018. In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. If you will be overseas on by-election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia before you go.
You can apply for a postal vote by completing a ‘Postal Vote Application’ on the AEC website. You should ensure that you apply for a postal vote as soon as possible to allow enough time for the ballot papers to reach you overseas before by-election day.
Australia and Brazil working together as Members of the United Nations Human Rights Council
On 16 October, Australia was elected as a Member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (2018-2020). Australia looks forward to serving on the Council alongside Brazil, which is currently serving a 2017-2019 term. Australia’s campaign focussed on five areas where Australia will advance human rights in practical, sensible ways with far-reaching systemic effects over time: gender equality, good governance, freedom of expression, the rights of Indigenous peoples, strong national human rights institutions and capacity building. Australia is also a strong advocate for global abolition of the death penalty. We look forward to working with our Brazilian colleagues in Geneva to continue the important work of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Want to get to know more about the Australian views on human rights? Go to: https://goo.gl/Pcgcfc
Using an Education Agent
Education agents provide a valuable service for students and most operate with the highest levels of integrity. However, some agents in this region have not provided services to students in an honest way. If you have been affected, you should contact the institution in Australia with which you were intending to study for more information.
Stay safe when using education agents by:
- understanding any fees and charges before you sign a contract, enter into an agreement or make a payment. You should also get a receipt for any payment you make.
- using an education agent supported by the institution you wish to study at. You can find a list of supported agents on most providers’ websites.
- asking questions about your course and provider. Your agent must be able to tell you about your potential studies.
- asking for information about your agent, including their website address, whether they have connections with other providers, how to contact them and whether they have connections or ties with other organisations operating in your country or in Australia.
- contacting your education provider directly if your agent’s behaviour doesn’t seem right.
If you believe that your education agent has committed a crime, such as fraud, please report this to the police.
This fact sheet contains important information for student visa holders about living and studying in Australia, including your consumer rights and responsibilities as an international student and key things you should know before and during your study.
Direct Aid Program (DAP)
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants program funded by the Australian Government and managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The goal of DAP is to advance developmental objectives and address humanitarian hardship in developing countries, while at the same time fulfilling Australia’s international relations and public diplomacy objectives.
DAP's selection process result for the 2017/2018 cycle will only be published here in late November 2017. Questions and further information can be clarified through the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronic Tourist Visas
The Australian Government has expanded its electronic tourist visa (known as e600 - Tourist Stream Visa) to citizens of Brazil to provide a more convenient and streamlined service. More information.
Need our help? For consular assistance, please call – any time, any day – one of the following:
- Australian Embassy in Brazil: +55 (61) 3226 3111
- Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra: +61 2 6261 3305 or toll free (local call cost only in Australia) 1300 555 135
If you have trouble dialling from within Brazil, check that you are using the correct dialling and operator codes.
Contact details for the Australian Consulate-General in Sao Paulo and the Consulate in Rio de Janeiro can be found in the \'About Us\' section, and contact details for the tourist police in these cities are listed in the ‘Where to get help’ section of the Australian Government’s travel advice for Brazil.
We encourage all Australian travellers and residents in Brazil to:
Registering with the Australian Embassy in Brazil is very important. This information will help us to contact or find you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or family emergency. It may also be used to pass other information to you such as important travel advice updates, notice of elections and information on other matters relevant to travellers and expatriates.
To get the latest information about travelling and living in Brazil, read the:
- Travel Advice for Brazil
- Smartraveller Bulletins (information on special issues and events)
- Tips for all travellers
Lost or Stolen Passports
Has your Australian passport been lost or stolen in Brazil? Report it online or to the Embassy (contact details above). You may need to obtain an Australian passport in Brazil. More information is available on the Australian Passports Office website.