The ICRC was first active in Australia from 1941 until 1947. We returned in 1995 and have since worked to increase knowledge of and respect for international humanitarian law (IHL), related policy and principled humanitarian action for the benefit of people affected by armed conflict.

Former ICRC president Peter Maurer delivers a speech at the Council of Delegates in Sydney.

Our work in Australia

Through humanitarian diplomacy, the Australia mission aims to mitigate the effects of armed conflicts for people abroad and those who may be impacted in the future.

With global connections and local knowledge, the mission provides Australia with specialized resources on IHL and related policy. We also work to build awareness among the armed forces of IHL and of the ICRC’s humanitarian activities, participating in Australian Defence Force military exercises and providing advice on discrete legal and policy issues. Regular, constructive dialogue with the government allows the ICRC to share its extensive expertise in areas such as the protection of civilians and civil-military relations.

Mobilizing support for the ICRC’s worldwide campaigns and bringing attention to the situation of people impacted by armed conflict and violence are other key activities of the Australia mission.

ICRC offices supporting the region: The ICRC’s Australia mission forms part of the ICRC’s regional delegation in the Pacific, based in Suva, Fiji, with a mission in Papua New Guinea as well.

Contact us


Level 2, 15 National Circuit, Barton, ACT, 2600, Australia


+612 6273 2968

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Our work with the Australian Red Cross

The ICRC and the Australian Red Cross work together to promote IHL and the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, including through events. We also collaborate in other areas of mutual interest, including international emergency response and coordination, the protection of civilians and the protection of family links.