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

15 Apr

The undersigned members of the Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) express profound dismay at the decision of Brunei to fully implement its revised Penal Code. As part of the full implementation which became effective on April 3, 2019, provisions have been introduced prescribing a range of penalties including amputation of limbs, whipping and stoning to death for specific acts identified as offences in the Code. The acts that are punishable by means of these penalties include robbery, rape, adultery and engaging in same-sex sexual conduct.

05 Apr

Today, the Council of Ministers gave its green light for the new country programs for Senegal and Rwanda, two partner countries of the Belgian development cooperation. The new country programs focus strongly on entrepreneurship, the development of a local private sector and the promotion of the sexual and reproductive rights and the health of girls and women.

03 Apr

Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defense, will travel to Washington today and tomorrow to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty. Minister Reynders will also take part in a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers dedicated to the challenges facing the Alliance today.

29 Mar

Besides the coordination of Belgium’s European policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs plays also a role in informing the public and raising its awareness regarding the European integration project. It is in that framework that Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and Minister of Defence Didier Reynders launched in 2015 the initiative “Let’s talk together about Europe”. The 8th edition of this event took place today in the Egmont Palace in Brussels.

29 Mar

Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the news that 10,239 citizens residing in the United Kingdom (UK) will also be able to vote for Belgian lists in the European elections of May 26. It concerns the 10,239 Belgians in the United Kingdom who were registered before February 1 to vote in the federal elections.