AUSMIN is the principal forum for bilateral consultations with Australia. Held annually, alternating between Australia and the United States, it brings the U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense together with the Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs and for Defense, along with senior officials from both countries.

The Consultations provide a major opportunity to discuss and share perspectives and approaches on major global and regional political issues, and to deepen bilateral foreign security and defense cooperation.

2014 Australia-U.S. Ministerial

Date: 08/12/2014 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, joined by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Australian Defense Minister David Johnston, address reporters following a series of Australia-U.S. defense and diplomatic ministerial meetings in Sydney, Australia on August 12, 2014. - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 12): "Tthe United States could ask for no better friend and no closer ally than Australia. Australia is a vital partner in so many different endeavors. It is vital as we deepen the U.S. economic engagement throughout the Asia Pacific, as we engage in the rebalances of – both ministers have referred to it, which will bring the United States even more to the effort to help create a larger economic transformation in the region and to bring about a rule of law-based structure where everybody understands the rules and where it is a race to the top, not to the bottom" Full Text» More»