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The Mission is situated in Canberra, the capital of Australia.

Apart from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the departments of Trade and Industry and Home Affairs are also represented at the Mission.

Honorary Consuls are situated in Melbourne, South Australia, Brisbane (vacant) and Perth.

High Commissioner

High Commissioner Koleka Mqulwana Her Excellency Ms Koleka Mqulwana was accredited to Australia as High Commissioner for the Republic of South Africa on 17 February 2011.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend warm greetings to members of the South African diaspora living in Australia.

As you would be aware, this year South Africa celebrates the 20th anniversary of democracy. Various celebratory activities in South Africa and abroad involving government, organized labor, business, civil society, academia, faith-based organizations and the media will take place. The envisaged activities will reflect on the dawn of democracy in South Africa and seek a commitment to practical actions to deepen democracy and build social cohesion towards a better South Africa for all. Members of the South African diaspora are encouraged to join in organizing their own celebratory events, be it a cultural event or even a picnic, and to lend their support to such activities as well as participating in those organized by Australian-South Africans alone, or with their Australian partners. The diaspora are important members of the South African community and channeling their skills and expertise will contribute to making the future of South Africa work! 20 Years of Freedom

South African Election 2014

Elections South Africa

South African citizens who are absent from the Republic of South Africa on voting day and wish to cast their vote for the National Election 2014 in Australia, must have their name on the voters’ roll and have notified the IEC of their intention to vote abroad by 12th March 2014, as communicated earlier.

Citizens are kindly requested to check their VEC 10 notification status on IEC website:

Voting will take place at the South African High Commission in Canberra. The High Commission is located on the corner of State Circle and Rhodes Place, Yarralumla ACT 2600.

Voting at the High Commission will take place on Wednesday, 30th April 2014 from 07h00 to 21h00.

South African citizens will need to come in person to the High Commission in Canberra. They must bring with them their green bar-coded ID book or smartcard ID or valid Temporary Identity Certificate and their valid South African passport or temporary passport.

Please be advised that if a person’s name is not on the voter’s list in Canberra and if he / she is unable to produce his / her ID document or Temporary Identity Certificate or smart card and a valid South African passport, they will be unable to cast their vote on the day.

The South African High Commission in Canberra sympathizes with those South African citizens who are required to travel to Canberra to cast their vote and encourages every South African citizen to exercise their democratic right to vote.

For any further enquiries, please phone: +61 (02) 6272 7300 during working hours or visit the IEC website:

Normal consular operations will be suspended during election hours.

Registration of South Africans Abroad

ROSA DIRCO has developed a unique software termed ROSA (Registration of South Africans Abroad) that allows both individual and group travellers to register, update their profiles and de-register their profiles on-line. ROSA is a software program that enables all South African citizens who are travelling, working, living or studying abroad to register online with DIRCO. Registration is voluntary and free, and your information is kept private. Register with us.

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