Appointment to the Post of Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Ravinatha P Aryasinha has been appointed as the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by H.E. the President with effect from 19 November 2019.


High Commission of Sri Lanka in Canberra

20 November 2019 

EXPO 2020 Sri Lanka

The Export Development Board of Sri Lanka has informed that an official website on the Sri Lanka participation at EXPO 2020 Dubai was launched on 17th October 2019 by Hon. Nalin Bandara, Deputy Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade.

The official website address is

New President sworn in

The winner of the 2019 Presidential Election, SLPP candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as the 7th Executive President of Sri Lanka today (November 18) in Anuradhapura. He took oaths before Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya.

Secretary to the President Udaya R Seniviratne read out the proclamation declaring Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the President. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa were also present on this occasion.

Addressing the nation after the formal swearing-in ceremony at MahaMaluwa of Ruwanweli Maha Seya, President Rajapaksa thanked everyone who voted for his victory and welcomed the Read More »

Sri Lanka Festival – 2019 concludes successfully in Canberra

“Sri Lanka Festival- 2019” was celebrated at the Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra on Saturday 09th November 2019, for the 4th consecutive year. It attracted a crowd over 4,400 including Australians, Sri Lankans living in Australia, as well as the members of the diplomatic community.The large attendance  proved that this event has now become one of the most popular annual events in the Capital City.

The prime objective of this festival was to showcase Sri Lanka as an attractive destination for tourism, trade and investment. This year’s festival displayed the distinctive diversity, compactness and the rich cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. It promoted variety of culture through Read More »

Sri Lanka and Australia signs a Memorandum of Understanding on Scientificand Technical Co-operation

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Scientific and Technical Cooperation was signed between Sri Lanka and Australia on 05th November 2019 in Canberra.

Mr. W.M.A.S. Iddawela, Chairman, Geological Survey and Mines Bureau of Sri Lanka(GSMB) and Dr. James Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Geoscience Australia(GA) signed  the  MoU  at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia. Read More »

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperative Programme  on Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Aetiology was signed between Sri Lanka and Australia

A  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sri Lankan Presidential Taskforce for Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) on a Cooperative Programme  on Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Aetiology, was signed on  4th November 2019 in Canberra.

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Australia, Mr. J.C.Weliamuna (PC), and Dr Adrian Paterson, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO),  Read More »

Sri Lanka High Commissioner appreciates Australia’s continues commitment on Counter People Smuggling and other Organised Transnational Crimes

Major General Craig Furini, Commander Joint Agency Task Force, Operation Sovereign Borders of the Australian Border Force paid a courtesy call on High Commissioner J.C. Weliamuna on 29th  October 2019.

During the meeting, Major General Craig Furini briefed on the ongoing collaborative engagement between Sri Lanka and Australia in the areas of Countering  People Smuggling and other organised  Transnational crimes. Read More »

Sri Lankans celebrate Deepavali in Canberra

Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra celebrated Deepavali on 25th October 2019 at the High Commission premises with the participation of the Sri Lankan community in Canberra.

A special Deepavali/ Lakshmi  pooja was conducted by Rev. Arjun ji , Resident priest of Sri Vishnu Shiva Mandir seeking prosperity and happiness to all communities living in Sri Lanka,  which was followed by a talk on the meaning of Deepavali festival by Mr. Thamo Sridaharan, Vice President of the Sri Vishnu Shiva Mandir, Canberra. The members of the Sri Lankan Hindu community presented a cultural programme with spectacular Bharatanatyam dance, singing and instrumental performances. Read More »

Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra welcomes the Sri Lankan cricket team touring Australia

The Sri Lanka T-20 cricket team currently touring Australia was welcomed by the  High Commissioner and staff of the  Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra on 24th October 2019. Several Sri Lanka cricket clubs joined the event.

While welcoming the cricket team, its   management and coaching staff, the High Commissioner J.C. Weliamuna highlighted the contribution of cricket,  the most popular sport,   to strengthen relationship between   Sri Lanka – Australia. Read More »

Sri Lanka High Commissioner appreciates Australia’s continues commitment to address CKDu health issue in Sri Lanka

Professor Richard Banati, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sysdeny who also holds an ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization) Distinguished Researcher Fellowship paid a courtesy call on High Commissioner J.C. Weliamuna on 16th October 2019.

During the meeting, Professor Richard Banati briefed on the ongoing progress in the research collaboration between ANSTO and the Sri Lankan Presidential Taskforce on the Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease Read More »

Register with the High Commission

The Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra would like to keep in touch with Sri Lankans and persons of Sri Lankan origin living in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and other Pacific Islands as well as Sri Lankan community organisations in those countries.

If you are a current/former Sri Lankan or an office bearer of a Sri Lankan community organisation we invite you to register with the High Commission.


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