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Australian Permanent Mission and Consulate-General
Out of Hours (emergencies only)
For emergencies out of office hours please call +41 (0) 22 799 9100 – the recorded message will give instructions on connecting to the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on a toll-free number.
Consular and Passport Information
Information for Australian Citizens, Citizenship, Birth Registrations, Travel Advice, Visas to Australia or Papua New Guinea, may be found in the Australian Consulate-General (Services for Australians) section.
Passport fees increased on 1 January 2013. Read more about the new fees.
Honorary Consul - Mr Alexander Kaiser is Australia's Honorary Consul in Zurich - details of his availability can be found here.
2013 Australian Federal Election
The Prime Minister has announced that the next Federal Election will take place on 14 September 2013.
If you wish to vote in the Federal Election while overseas you must be enrolled to vote. The Australian Electoral Commission recommends that you check your enrolment and register if you wish to vote while overseas.
For further information please contact the Australian Electoral Commission
The Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations offers the opportunity for Australians to undertake voluntary internships on a self-funded basis.
Human Rights Council - 23rd Session
Statement in the Annual Discussion on Women’s Human Rights, by Ms Ruth Stone, 5 June 2013
Statement in the Item 4 General Debate: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention, by Ms Ruth Stone, 5 June 2013
Statement in the interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea, by Ms Ruth Stone, 5 June 2013
Statement in the interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, by Ms Ruth Stone, 4 June 2013
Statement in the clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Opinion and Expression and the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences, by Ms Sally Dawkins, 3 June 2013
Statement in the interactive dialogue with the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice, by Ms Sally Dawkins, 3 June 2013
Statement in the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on education, by Ms Emily Hill, 31 May 2013
Statement in the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association and the Working Group on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises, by Ms Sally Dawkins, 31 May 2013
Statement in the panel on the contribution of parliaments to the work of the Human Rights Council and its Universal Periodic Review, by Ms Penelope Toledo-Ocampo, 30 May 2013
Statement in the panel on the contribution of parliaments to the work of the Human Rights Council and its Universal Periodic Review, by Ms Sally Dawkins, 29 May 2013
Statement in the urgent debate on the deteriorating situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic, and the recent killings in Al Qusayr, by Ms Ruth Stone, 29 May 2013
Statement in the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and laywers, by Ms Sally Dawkins, 28 May 2013
Statement in the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, by Ms Sally Dawkins, 28 May 2013
Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention - May 2013 Intersessionals
Statement on the Standing Committee on the General Status and Operation of the Convention - Update on the Sponsorship Programme by Ms Namdi Payne, 30 May 2013
Statement on Article 3 – Update on land mines retained for training and research by Ms Namdi Payne, 30 May 2013
Statement on International Cooperation and Assistance by Ms Laura Tomizzi, 30 May 2013
Statement on Victim Assistance by Ms Namdi Payne, 29 May 2013
All Australians travelling overseas, whatever the reasons and however long you'll be away, are encouraged to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before travel. You can register on-line or in person at any Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. The information you provide will help us to contact you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family issue. It may also be used to pass other information to you such as updated Travel Advice and notice of elections.
Information about risks overseas is contained in the Department's travel advisories. These and other travel tips to help you better prepare for your overseas trip can be found at smartraveller.gov.au You can also subscribe to automatically receive email updates each time we change our travel advisories.