Embassy of Belgium in Australia

Belgium in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

Belgium in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

 

ELECTIONS - FAQ

Beware of scams

A number of citizens informed us over the last few days that they had been the victims of attempted scams. They were contacted by con-men who tried to extort money from them over the phone by pretending to be working for our  Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In order to make their story more credible, they had managed to have our central telephone number in Brussels appear (02/501.81.11) on the telephone screen of their victims.

We call expressly everyone not to take any kind of action following such calls. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs never takes contact by phone alone to clear financial matters with the public, whatever the issue.

If you are the victim of a fraud, please inform us through our complaint form (https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/Contact/complaints) or refer it directly to the federal contact point (https://meldpunt.belgie.be/meldpunt/en/welcome).

Vorsicht vor Betrügern

Mehrere Bürger haben uns in den letzten Tagen mitgeteilt, dass sie Betrugsversuche erlebt haben.  Betrüger hatten versucht, von ihnen Geld zu erpressen, indem sie sich per Telefon für Mitarbeiter des FÖD Auswärtige Angelegenheiten ausgaben. Es war ihnen gelungen, die Nummer unserer Telefonzentrale in Brüssel (02/501.81.11) erscheinen zu lassen, um glaubwürdiger zu scheinen.

Wir bitten alle ausdrücklich, nicht auf solche Anrufe zu reagieren. Der FÖD Auswärtige Angelegenheiten nimmt übrigens nie ausschließlich telefonisch Kontakt auf, um finanzielle Angelegenheiten, unabhängig von dem Dossier, zu regeln.

Wenn Sie das Opfer eines Betrugs wurden, möchten wir Sie bitten, uns darüber zu informieren mit Hilfe des Beschwerdeformulars (https://diplomatie.belgium.be/de/kontakt/beschwerden) oder den Betrug direkt bei der föderalen Meldestelle zu melden (https://pointdecontact.belgique.be/meldpunt/de/wilkommen#).

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Belgium is a candidate for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council for 2019-2020. Please click here for all relevant information.

Are you a Working Holiday maker in Australia? If you have undertaken farm work and are interested in completing a survey which aims to improve the situation for backpackers working on farms, please click here for more information.

Are you a Belgian who has recently moved to Australia, New-Zealand and the “Pacific Islands” and would like to register with the Embassy in Canberra? Did you lose your passport while you were travelling through Australia, New-Zealand and the “Pacific Islands” as a tourist? Do you need to request a visa in order to travel to Belgium? Then you’ve come to the right address.

This website will keep you up to date on consular matters that are specifically applicable to Belgians in Australia, New-Zealand and the “Pacific Islands”, current events in Belgian foreign policy and other useful information or events.

To provide better consular assistance, we recommend that you register your trip on www.travellersonline.diplomatie.be.
 

News

18 Oct

Today, the Chamber of Representatives approved an amendment of the legal framework in which the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) operates. The amendment is the final element of a thorough reform of BIO. This reform makes the investment company better embedded in the Belgian development policy, strengthens the link with the private sector, and increases the impact of the development initiatives in Belgium’s partner countries.

18 Oct

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo endorsed a number of international commitments today to step up the efforts against sexual misconduct in the international aid sector. The commitments were signed in the margins of the international high-level meeting “Putting People First” which took place in London today.

17 Oct

Belgium is the second most efficient donor in the fight against extreme poverty. This is the conclusion of the respected Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in their recent report: “Financing the end of extreme poverty”. Our country ranks right behind Ireland, but ahead of Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Sweden and Finland. The focus on least developed countries and the strengthening of aid effectiveness has been one of the priorities of the Belgian development cooperation policy over the last years.

15 Oct

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that the European Union created a sanction regime against the use of chemical weapons today in Luxembourg. This allows the EU to act against people and organization involved in the development and the use of chemical weapons. This decision by the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, underlines the European commitment to the fight against these gruesome weapons.

12 Oct

Speech by Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo on the occasion of the celebration of Marleen Temmerman.