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Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Greece. Here you will find information on how to contact us, advice on the range of consular services available to Australian citizens, and information on visa and citizenship arrangements. There are links to sites where you can obtain information about social security and pension payments, trade and investment advice, and find general information about Australia.
If you wish to learn more about Australian foreign and trade policy, or our bilateral relationships with Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, to which the Embassy is accredited, I encourage you to explore our Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website: www.dfat.gov.au. If you are an Australian citizen planning to travel overseas I encourage you to check our website.
Accreditation to Romania
Since 15 January 2014, the Australian Embassy in Athens is now formally accredited to Romania and has full responsibility for all aspects of the bilateral relationship including with respect to consular issues.
Enquiries from Australian nationals and residents in Romania should be directed to the Honorary Consulate in Bucharest, or the 24-hour consular emergency service in Canberra on +61-1300-555-135. Enquiries from nationals and residents of Albania should be directed to the Australian Embassy in Rome.
Diplomacy and music for a good cause
The SOS Children’s Villages are organising the second “Ambassadors in Concert”, a very special musical annual benefit event organised by diplomats. The project was originally launched in Vienna eleven years ago and presented in Greece for the first time in March 2014.
Drawing from the overwhelming success of last year’s event, this year’s concert will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 20:30, under the auspices of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the Onassis Cultural Centre, (107-109, Syngrou Avenue, Athens), which the Onassis Foundation has provided complementary for this purpose.
Ambassador John Griffin visits Bulgaria
The Australian Ambassador to Bulgaria Mr John Griffin, visiting from Athens, paying his respects at the Unknown Soldier Monument in Sofia on 3 March, and later at the graves of the 11 Australian servicemen killed during World War II in the battle for the liberation of Bulgaria
Ambassador of Australia to Greece meets with former Greek Prime Minister
In a call on 18 February, Ambassador John Griffin paid his respects to elder statesman Constantinos Mitsotakis and sought the former Prime Minister’s insights on a range of current national and international issues.
Meeting with His Beatitude Hieronymos II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece
On 13 February, the Ambassador of Australia to Greece, Mr John Griffin, met with His Beatitude Hieronymos II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.
The Ambassador was interested to learn of the Church’s historical role in Greece, and in responding to contemporary social and economic needs. The important contribution of the Greek diaspora, and the Greek Orthodox Church, to Australia’s rich multi-cultural society was discussed.
Local Staff Retirement: Ms Flora Pallis
Ms Flora Pallis, a Passports and Consular Officer in the Australian Embassy in Athens, retired at the end of 2014 after 37 years of dedicated service.
Flora recalled that consular work required a delicate balance of maintaining professional distance while being compassionate, and that experience and exposure to many cases was the driving force behind a consular career.
A person who derived personal and professional satisfaction from helping out other people, Flora recalled some cases that had stayed with her throughout her career, and maintained that being honest, fair and responsible while having a healthy work-life balance was of paramount importance.
Flora stressed that creative and thoughtful ways of getting messages out to Australian consular and passport clients, would add significant value to the Department’s efforts towards a comprehensive consular strategy.
Australia Day 2015 Honours List
The Australian Embassy in Athens is proud to count among the many Australia Day 2015 honourees, eight Greek-Australians who have made a significant contribution to their communities.
MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
- Mr Mark Leigh BOURIS (Sydney NSW): For significant service to the finance industry, particularly the home loan mortgage sector, to education, and to charitable organisations.
MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
- Mrs Evangeline GALETTIS (NSW): For service to the community, particularly to educational institutions.
- Mrs Efthymia (Effy) KLEANTHI (SA): For service to social welfare organisations, and to women.
- Mr Steven KYRITSIS (Vic): For service to veterans and their families, and to the Greek community of Melbourne.
- Mr Andrew William LAZARIS (NSW): For service to sport, particularly to basketball administration.
- Mr Paul MAVROUDIS (Vic): For service to the Greek community of Victoria.
- The late Mr Thomas PARADISSIS (Qld): For service to the Greek community of south east Queensland.
PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL
Mr Arthur DIAKOS (Sydney NSW): For outstanding public service to the transport services sector in New South Wales through senior financial planning and management roles.
For more information, please visit: http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/
School visit to the Australian Embassy – 21 November 2014
Students from the Model Experimental Lyceum of Anavryta participating in the Model United Nations Conference 2014 as the delegation of Australia, visited the Embassy on Friday 21 November 2014 and met with the Ambassador and the Political Section as part of their preparation for the MUN Conference to be held on 12-14 December 2014.
Remembrance Day 2014
The Ambassador of Australia to Greece HE Mr John Griffin and his partner Mr Pakapat Thipayaprapai, visited the Phaleron Commonwealth Cemetery and laid commemorative wooden crosses inscribed with messages of hope and thanks from Australian schoolchildren, in honour of the 584 fallen Australian soldiers who found their final resting place in Greece.
Accreditation Ceremony in Romania – 21 October 2014
On 21 October, the Australian Ambassador to Greece, with non-resident accreditation to Romania and Bulgaria, Mr John Griffin presented his credentials to the President of Romania HE Mr Traian Băsescu.
Accreditation Ceremony in Greece – 7 October 2014
On 7 October, the Australian Ambassador to Greece, Mr John Griffin presented his credentials to the President of the Hellenic Republic HE Mr Karolos Papoulias.
Accreditation Ceremony in Bulgaria – 8 August 2014
On 8 August, the Australian Ambassador to Greece, with non-resident accreditation to Bulgaria and Romania, Mr John Griffin presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria HE Mr Rosen Plevneliev.
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