Australia’s next Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been appointed to Heidi Venamore PSM.

With Burma taking positive steps towards a more open democracy and greater engagement with the region, Australia has revised its Burma sanctions list and reducing the number of individuals to whom it applies.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has announced the appointment of a new High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd departed for Indonesia yesterday where he will be meeting with his counterpart Dr Marty Natalegawa and other senior figures to discuss shared political, security, commercial, environmental and cultural issues.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has appointed a new ambassador to the United Arab Emirates with a non-resident accreditation to the State of Qatar.

The Australian Government yesterday announced new plans to impose additional sanctions in response to Iran's continuing non-compliance with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on its nuclear program.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is travelling to Honolulu today to attend the 23rd annual APEC Ministerial Meeting. APEC currently accounts for 56 percent of the world's GDP and more than two-thirds of of Australia's trade in goods and services.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is in PNG to meet with new Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

Australia has formally established diplomatic relations with the world's newest nation, the Republic of South Sudan.