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

10 Aug

Following the nomination of a presidential candidate for the Front Commun pour le Congo (FCC), Belgium welcomes the fact that the current president, Joseph Kabila Kabange, thereby renounces a third mandate, as stipulated in the Constitution and in the New Year’s Eve Agreement of 2016.
 

18 Jul

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Rome Statute, the founding text of the International Criminal Court, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders reiterates his support to this judicial institution which plays an essential role in the fight against impunity. Faced with the trends of withdrawal into oneself and unilateralism, a permanent international criminal jurisdiction with a universal vocation, complementary to national criminal jurisdictions, is more necessary than ever.

17 Jul

Today, exactly 4 years ago, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over the east of Ukraine. 298 citizens, including many children, lost their lives. Various compatriots also died. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders pays tribute to their memory.

13 Jul

Beyoncé, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and a series of other international and African artists will join the international # SheIsEqual  campaign on December 2 at a grand final concert in Johannesburg. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, who initiated #SheIsEqual and launched the campaign in June in Brussels, is ambitious. “This will be the largest ever campaign to support women’s rights and the Sustainable Development Goals.”

29 Jun

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased with the decision taken on 27 July in The Hague by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to assume the role of investigating the responsibilities for chemical attacks in Syria.