The Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. provides various types of assistance to Australian citizens, including passport, notarial and consular services. It also houses the department that helps citizens of other countries apply for visas, immigration and citizenship in Australia.
Consular services refer to various forms of aid that a government might offer its citizens in a foreign country. For example, relatives can contact the consular staff for help in recovering the remains of a loved one who passed while abroad. Citizens can also apply for a waiver to the two-year home-country residence requirement. Travelers can register with the embassy to receive any necessary alerts and information.
The embassy has a wide mission, but citizens must contact other government agencies for help with some issues. Australians cannot vote or renew their driver's licenses at the embassy, nor can they apply for birth, death or marriage certificates.
Local media often contact embassy staff for news releases from Australia and its government. The embassy also serves as an important point of contact between Australia and other world governments, allowing them to negotiate treaties and trade agreements.
The embassy hosts a collection of Indigenous Australian art and a variety of exhibitions that citizens of many countries can enjoy.