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.

2013 Australia-U.S. Ministerial

Date: 11/20/2013 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Australian Defence Minister David Johnston participate in the signing of a Statement of Principles and a joint press conference during the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Department of State. - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Nov. 20): "My colleagues and I signed a nonbinding Statement of Principles that will help to guide us as we move to put together a force posture agreement which will strengthen further the U.S. and Australia relationship over the course of the years to come." Full Text» More»