New digs, embassies and government office upgrades

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been gifted the single largest expansion of Australia’s diplomatic footprint since the 1970s. Police, parliament and vice-regal buildings also get upgrades.

Five new overseas missions will be built in the single largest expansion of Australia’s diplomatic network in the last 40 years.

The new foreign posts include some of our nearest partners, the location of the controversial 2022 World Cup, and one of the most remote capitals on the planet.

The federal government has announced the new posts will be established in:

  • Doha, Qatar
  • Buka, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
  • Makassar, Indonesia
  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Phuket, Thailand

Officials in Washington DC will also get a new chancery. The iconic, but space-limited building near Dupont Circle will be demolished and rebuilt to the tune of $236.9 million. The various agencies hosted in the existing building will be temporarily relocated during construction.

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