High Commissioner Somasundaram Skandakumar presented credentials as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the Governor General H.E. Robert Dadae of Papua New Guinea on 8 May 2018.
Following the ceremony at Government House, the Governor General held a one to one discussion with the High Commissioner and expressed the hope that the two countries could build on the cordial relations. The Governor General noted that Sri Lanka was rich in the education sector and PNG has received a large number of Sri Lankan academics as well as teachers in the past. The Governor General also highlighted the need to build on economic relations. Read More »
Vesak was celebrated at the Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra on Sunday 29th April with the participation of Sri Lankan community and Australian officials. The celebrations commenced with the invoking of blessings and chanting of pirith by the resident Venerable Theros of the Sri Lanka Buddhist VIhara in Canberra, followed by a short Anusasana and Buddha Pooja.
The High Commission staff presented Bhakthi Gee while High Commissioner S. Skandakumar joined in to sing the final song “Pōya Sandē Sanda Kiranin” whose theme was for a world that exists in righteousness and peace. Live music was provided by the Canberra based ‘Nada Roo’ Music Group. Read More »
Inaugural talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between Sri Lanka and Australia were held on 19th April in Canberra at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
This was the first bilateral discussion taking place after the TIFA was signed in Colombo on 2 November 2017, during the visit of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The agenda encompassed discussions on economic reform and cooperation, free trade and regional trade agreement agendas, market access and investment facilitation and sector specific opportunities for investment in both countries.
Visit of Hon Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs to Australia on the invitation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake met Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on 26th March during a visit to Australia on the invitation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The two Ministers discussed bilateral issues ranging from the strong people to people links and growing economic relations, to cooperation in countering transnational crimes. Read More »
The fees levied by the Sri Lanka High Commission in Australia for Consular services will be revised with effect from 1st March 2018.
The basis for the revision is the notification issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, under Consular Functions Act No 04 of 1981, and gazetted by the Government of Sri Lanka under Gazette Extraordinary No 2057/35 dated Friday, February 09, 2018.
The revised fees can be viewed here.
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The Sri Lanka High Commission hosted a tea party to diplomatic envoys in Canberra and Australians government officials on 12th February to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence.
The envoys were served a refreshing glass of iced tea on arrival to quench their thirst on a hot February afternoon in Canberra. They were then invited to browse the photo exhibition depicting significant moments from Sri Lanka Australia relations spanning over 70 years. Following the formal proceedings High Commissioner S. Skandakumar and the Chief of Protocol Ms Lyndall Sachs cut the special cake to mark the occasion. Read More »
The Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra, Australia provides Consular services to persons residing in Australia and countries of accreditation which include New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.
For telephone inquiries for the following Consular Services, call between 9:00 am and 12.30 pm - Mondays to Fridays.
- New Passports
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- Dual Citizenship
- Registration of Birth
- Registration of Deaths
- Registration of Marriages
- Applications for Police Clearance and Child AdoptionProcedures
- Sri Lankan Pensions
- Other Consular Srvices
The Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra will provide extended Consular Services on Saturdays upon request. For Security reasons, please make an appointment prior to visiting the High Commission on Saturdays.
If you wish to contact this High Commission by telephone, fax or e-mail for further information you may use the contact details given under "contact us" in the main menu of this website.
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