Welcome to the Australian Embassy, Kyiv
Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Ukraine. The site provides a range of information on Australia, the work of the Embassy, and the Australia-Ukraine relationship. The website includes information and links aimed at answering most of the commonly-asked questions about Australia, including on visas and immigration; Australian culture; business opportunities; international activities and government services.
You will also find links to relevant Australian Government websites; details of recent and future Embassy activities; and information on the Embassy’s Direct Aid Program (DAP), which aims to help relieve humanitarian hardship across Ukraine.
I would like to take this opportunity to recommend to all Australian citizens and permanent residents in Ukraine that they register with the Australian Government through Smartraveller at www.smartraveller.gov.au. Registering is simple and beneficial. It means we can find you in an emergency, and we can also relay important information to you about elections, new travel advisories and other developments.
The Travel Advice for Ukraine is updated regularly. If you are an Australian living in Ukraine or planning to travel here, I strongly recommend that you subscribe through Smartraveller to receive free automatic e-mail notification each time the travel advice is updated.
The decision to open an interim Australian Embassy in Kyiv was taken as part of Australia’s response to the tragic downing of Malaysian Airlines aircraft MH17 on 17 July 2014. Supporting the international investigation into the atrocity, including by bringing the perpetrators to justice, is a major part of the Embassy’s operations.
Australia is also a firm supporter of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as witnessed by our strong support for Ukraine during Australia’s period as President of the G20 and as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2013-2014. This support was reaffirmed during the official visit to Australia in December 2014 of Ukraine’s President, His Excellency Petro Poroshenko.
The broader bilateral relationship between Australia and Ukraine is growing and is underpinned by the presence in Australia of a vibrant community of around 40,000 Australians who claim Ukrainian heritage. We very much look forward to developing further the bilateral relationship between Australia and Ukraine.
Thank you for your interest in Australia, and the work of the Australian Embassy. Please enjoy your visit to our website and feel free to contact the Australian Embassy for further enquiries.
Australian Federal Election
The Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 2 July 2016.
In-person voting will NOT be available at the Australian Embassy in Kyiv. Australians eligible to vote in the election who are located in Ukraine can vote by applying online for a postal vote.
Eligibility to Vote
To be able to vote, you will need to make sure you are enrolled to vote and that your details are up to date. This must be done by 23 May 2016. After that time, the electoral roll will be closed and you will not be able to add your name to the roll or make any amendments. If you have any questions relating to your enrolment status or eligibility, or your entitlement to vote, please go to the website www.aec.gov.au or contact the Australian Electoral Commission via e-mail at email@example.com or by calling +61 2 6160 2600.
How to vote if you are in Ukraine
1. You can apply online for a postal vote; or
2. You can travel to one of the appointed Australian diplomatic missions elsewhere in Europe to cast an early vote. A full list of overseas voting centres is available at: www.aec.gov.au/election/overseas.htm
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has implemented an online postal vote application (OPVA) service, including for people overseas at the time of the election. If you wish to complete a postal vote instead, please apply now so there is enough time for your ballot papers to be sent to you. Your application for a postal vote must be received by the AEC by 29 June 2016.
You can apply online for a postal vote at: www.aec.gov.au/election/pva
You can find information relating to being overseas at election time on the Australian Electoral Commission’s website: www.aec.gov.au/Voting/Ways_to_vote/overseas.htm
More information can also be found on the Smartraveller website at www.smartraveller.gov.au/bulletins/federal_election_2016 (we recommend that you subscribe to the bulletin to get all the latest updates).
Direct Aid Program
Australia’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme supporting development activities in approximately 45 countries. The Australian Embassy in Kyiv manages the program in Ukraine. Details of past DAP projects in Ukraine are available here.
Applications for the Embassy’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) are currently closed. Prospective applicants should monitor this site for advice on upcoming opportunities. General information on the program and the application form is available here:
Statements in relation to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17
Russian Veto of MH17 Tribunal - Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's statement on Russia's veto of the United Nations Security Council resolution to establish a tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the downing of flight MH17 (30 July 2015).
'We must secure justice for the victims of flight MH17' - Op-Ed piece of the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine, published in the Financial Times (24 July 2015).
Нет безнаказанности для лиц, виновных в крушении MH17 - Пожалуйста, перейдите по ссылке, чтобы прочитать статью, выражающую точку зрения Министров иностранных дел Австралии, Бельгии, Малайзии, Нидерландов и Украины, обубликованную в Financial Times (24 июля 2015г).
'An MH17 tribunal: why it is necessary and timely' - Australian Foreign Minister's media release on seeking international support for an MH17 tribunal (21 July 2015).
'Australia remembers MH17' - Former Australian Prime Minister's media statement on the anniversary of the downing of MH17 (17 July 2015).
MH17 Memorial Service, Canberra - Transcript of Australian Prime Minister's address to the MH17 national memorial service held at Parliament House in Canberra (17 July 2015).
MH17 Honours List Special Awards (2015) - His Excellency Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan, Special Monitoring Mission of OSCE to Ukraine, appointed by the Australian Governor-General as an Honorary Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, for significant service to Australia in facilitating access to the MH17 crash site (17 July 2015).
Please click here for the Embassy's latest media releases.
Please note the Embassy is co-located with the Canadian Embassy to Ukraine in Kyiv.
The Embassy does not provide a full range of services. Please telephone or e-mail the Embassy in the first instance. Services are provided by appointment only.
Australian Embassy Kyiv
13A Kostelna St
Telephone +380 44 290 6400
Processing of visa applications from residents of Ukraine
Processing of Australian visa applications for Ukrainian nationals living in Ukraine is undertaken by the Australian High Commission in London.
The Australian Embassy in Kyiv can not assist with visa and immigration enquires.
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