Australian Consulate-General
Los Angeles
States of California (south of the 36N latitude), Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada (Clark County only) and Utah

October 2017


News from the Consulate


Welcome to the October edition of the Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles’ newsletter!

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Australian Spotlight


Subscribe to our new Australian Spotlight podcast - sharing some of the many remarkable stories of Australian entrepreneurs, innovators and artists in the U.S., and the journeys they’ve taken to get here.


Episode 4: Dr Beth Jens, Rocket Scientist

Growing up in the Australian surf town of Torquay, Beth Jens is now a rocket scientist at NASA's world-famous Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Los Angeles. We chatted about Beth's inspiring childhood encounter with an Apollo astronaut, her journey from Melbourne University to Stanford as a Fulbright and Rotary scholar, and her exciting work today on the future of space exploration. You can listen on iTunes or SoundCloud.

Episode 5: Bradley Trevor Greive (BTG) AM, Writer
After finishing high school in Tasmania, BTG went on to serve in an elite Australian paratrooper unit before achieving success as a writer, selling over 30 million books in 115 countries. We chatted about his early days in the army, his journey to become an international best-seller, and his ongoing work around the world to protect wildlife. You can listen on iTunes or SoundCloud.


Recent Events

September 2017

  • The Consulate-General joined Australia’s Ambassador to the United States, the Hon Joe Hockey, in Colorado from 12-14 September. Highlights included discussions with the World Trade Center Denver and the University of Colorado Boulder, a visit to the Noosa Yoghurt factory, and meetings with Colorado-based corporations such as Ibotta and Vail Resorts. It was great to see the thriving people-to-people ties and growing trade & investment links between Australia and Colorado, with Australia now one of the state’s top 10 trading partners.

  • Ambassador Hockey also hosted a ‘100 Years of Mateship’ Australian Alumni Reception in Denver, Colorado to celebrate our successful Australian and US alumni living in that State. We had a great turnout with over 60 Australian alumni attending from around Colorado, representing 30 different Australian universities. To find out more about alumni engagement in the US, join the Australian-American Alumni Association on LinkedIn here.

  • On September 16th we co-hosted a reception to celebrate Australia’s 2017 Emmy Nominees with Screen Australia and Australians in Film. The event was attended by Australian and US screen industry representatives along with nominees Geoffrey Rush, Bruna Papandrea, Kate Dennis and Perry Meek. Congratulations to Bruna Papandrea, Nicole Kidman, Perry Meek, John McKelvey and Bruce Ready for taking home Emmys!


  • We had a great night under the stars hosting an outdoor screening of the Aussie hit film The Sapphires together with Australians in Film. We were also lucky to screen special messages from The Sapphires director Wayne Blaire and actor Hunter Page-Lochard. You can find out more on Australians in Film and how to become a member here.


  • During a visit to LA in early October, Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, welcomed the chance to meet with some Australians showcasing the best of Australia to West LA. Minister Ciobo paid a visit to Great White to see how they are introducing Australia’s beach cafe culture to Venice Beach, and he dropped into AUST. to learn more about how the team there has brought Australian fashion to Los Angeles’ Abbot Kinney Boulevard.




Future Events


October 2017

  •    Did you know the Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) has the world’s largest collection of items related to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia? Don’t miss your chance to see the CEO of AIATSIS, Craig Ritchie, launch the new AIATSIS online exhibition “Right Wrongs”, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum in Australia. This free event will be held at UCLA at 4pm on Thursday 12 October. You can find more information and RSVP here.


  • Australians in Film presents the 6th Annual Australians in Film Awards Benefit Dinner hosted by Patrick Brammall, October 19th 2017.  The event is aimed at supporting the AiF’s mission to usher Australian filmmakers into the international market and to provide educational and career development programs. This year’s honourees will include the talented Tim Minchin, Katherine Langford and Danielle Macdonald. You can find more information on the event and tickets here.


  • 53 AFL teams representing nearly forty clubs across the USA and Canada will meet in San Diego to compete in the 2017 USAFL National Championships. This year’s tournament will be held on October 21-22 at the Surf Cup Sports Park and will be the biggest in its 21 year history. There will be lots of fun activities for family and friends including clinics, kicking competitions and Aussie food. You can find out more information on the tournament and activities here.

  • The Australian Consulate-General will be conducting passport interviews in Denver, Colorado on Monday, 23 October 2017 and Tuesday, 24 October 2017. Those interested in taking the opportunity to renew their Australian passport should contact the Consulate on 310-229-2300 to schedule an appointment.




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