U.S. Embassy Canberra, Australia

Australia is a vital ally and partner of the United States. The United States and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests, and cultural affinities. Economic, academic, and people-to-people ties are vibrant and strong. The two countries marked the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2015.

The first American Consul was appointed in 1836 in Sydney. However, the six provinces of Australia remained a united dominion under the United Kingdom from 1901, with the UK in control of the continent’s foreign policy. The United States officially recognized Australia’s independence in 1940 and established a second legation (a diplomatic liaison office) in Canberra. The legation was upgraded to an embassy in 1946 and moved to Canberra.

Today, the United States operates consulates in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Defense ties and cooperation are exceptionally close, and Australian forces have fought together with the United States in every significant conflict since World War I. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. Both countries share a strong interest in maintaining freedom of navigation, overflight, and other lawful uses of the sea, including in the South China Sea. They work closely in Afghanistan and cooperate on efforts to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as well as address the challenges and counter foreign terrorist fighters and violent extremism. Arms control and counter-proliferation is another area of close U.S.-Australia cooperation. In addition to AUSMIN consultations, Australia and the United States engage in a trilateral security dialogue and a trilateral infrastructure partnership with Japan.

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