Victorian State Elections
The Victorian State Elections will take place on 26 November. In-person voting won’t be available at the Australian Embassy in Vienna, but you can still vote by mail and return your postal vote either directly to the VEC or a designated Postal Vote Collection Centre (locations available on the VEC Website). The Australian Embassy in Vienna is not a VEC designated Postal Vote Collection Centre.
If you’re not able to vote, you will need to let the Victorian Electoral Commission know by submitting an ‘away from Victoria’ form. Visit the Victorian Electoral Commission website to learn more: 2022 State election | Victorian Electoral Commission (vec.vic.gov.au)
Her Majesty The Queen, 1926-2022
The Australian Embassy and Permanent Mission to the UN in Vienna expresses its sadness at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and extends its sincere condolences to members of the Royal Family.
The Commonwealth of Australia has established an online Condolence Book in honour of Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her death. If you would like to express your sympathy, please do so by visiting: http://pmc.gov.au/her-majesty-the-queen.
Celebrating NAIDOC Week: 3-10 July 2022
Sunday 3 July 2022 marks the beginning of NAIDOC Week – a time where Australia proudly celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held in the first week of July each year throughout Australia and abroad. During this week, a range of events, activities and workshops, including community barbeques, art fairs, and cultural performances, are organised to support and recognise the contributions that First Nations Australians make to our country and to our society.
NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.
This year’s theme, 'Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!', calls for all to amplify indigenous voices and narrow the gap between aspiration and reality, good intent and outcome; and work together in seeking environmental, cultural and heritage protections and making proposals that aim to benefit indigenous livelihoods and outcomes.
Further information is available at: https://www.naidoc.org.au
IDAHOBIT - 17 May
17 May marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
We stand together with the LGBTI community across the world. Togehter with Diplomats for Equality we have issued a joint statement.
Anzac Day 2022
After a two-year pause, the Australian and New Zealand Embassies are pleased to resume the joint hosting of an in-person commemorative Dawn Service in Vienna on 25 April.
Please join us at our new Anzac Day commemoration venue in Volksgarten,
1010 Vienna, at 5:30 am with commemoration to start at 5:45 am.
Entrance is via the main gate of Heldenplatz (see map below).
Please register at [email protected] by Wednesday, 20 April 2022.
Over 75,000 Australians and New Zealanders served at Gallipoli between 25 April and 20 December 1915. Over 10,000 lost their lives. Many of these men were killed during the two most intense periods of fighting, in the week of the landing and in the August offensive that was launched to break the deadlock that had prevailed. Gallipoli was the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’ introduction to war and though the campaign ended in defeat, the anniversary of its beginning quickly became, and has remained, Australia’s and New Zealand’s principal day of commemoration.
The Anzac Portal features information on some of the campaign’s most important aspects and significant themes; plus a virtual tour of the key Allied battlefields, cemeteries and memorials.
The Australian War Memorial provides information about services and commemorations, customs and traditions and has a special Anzac at Home section for those who are unable to join a commemoration in person.
Australia Day 2022
Australia Day is a time to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and to acknowledge our history. It is an opportunity to reflect, respect and celebrate with all Australians. Visit our special Australia Day web page.