Australian High Commission

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Australian High Commission, Nigeria

High Commissioner's message

Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission, Abuja.

The High Commission has responsibility for Australia’s relations with Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Gabon, Benin, The Gambia and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).                                                                                               

Australia and Nigeria have a long history of bilateral relations and enjoy a strong relationship with deepening trade, investment and people to people links. I look forward to working with my Nigerian counterparts to continue to advance the bilateral relationship and will take regular opportunities to visit different regions of Nigeria. We are committed also to supporting the growth of ties between Australia and our countries of accreditations who also form part of this diverse and dynamic region.

You can follow the work of the High Commission through the regular updates on our Facebook page  and our twitter handle. If you are an Australian travelling in the region, please register your travel on

As they say in Nigeria, you are welcome. 

Paul Lehmann                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

High Commissioner


Vacant Positions

The Australian High Commission in Abuja is seeking to employ a Development Cooperation Officer.

About the position

The Development Cooperation Officer in the Australian High Commission in Abuja coordinates Australia’s development program in Nigeria, and in other countries for which the High Commission has responsibility (Niger, Cameroon, Gabon, The Gambia and Benin).  The position also undertakes research, prepares reports and establish networks with relevant stakeholders on development issues.

The monthly salary for the position is between NGN 741,098 and NGN 802,188 (pre-tax), depending on qualifications and experience.

Key responsibilities

The responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • coordinating Australia’s development program in Nigeria and other countries of accreditation
  • managing the day-to-day running of, and providing policy advice on, the Australia Awards scholarship program in Nigeria and Cameroon
  • managing relations with alumni of Australian universities
  • managing the day-to-day running of the High Commission’s small grants scheme, the Direct Aid Program, and provide strategy and policy advice to improve program outcomes
  • establishing and effectively managing contacts with internal and external stakeholders including, but not limited to, other diplomatic missions, government Ministries, media, NGOs, think tanks and alumni associations
  • developing Social Media products to promote the High Commission’s activities
  • preparing high quality research and reporting on development issues in Nigeria and other countries of accreditation
  • serving as gender focal point and disability focal point, and
  • providing translations and preparation of documents in French, and assisting as an interpreter when required.


Interested applicants must be able to demonstrate the following qualifications and experience:

  • a tertiary degree in development policy, political science, international relations, social sciences, economics or other relevant fields
  • strong liaison, communication and interpersonal skills
  • ability to work in a highly productive team
  • experience working in a diplomatic mission/ international aid organisation or engaging with foreign government officials on development or other programs
  • fluency in English (spoken and written)
  • strong French language skills (spoken and written) would also be desirable
  • ability to prepare high quality reports and correspondence
  • flexibility, adaptability and openness to change, and
  • strong computer skills (Microsoft Office).

Application Process

Applicants wishing to apply for the position should:

  • submit an expression of interest (of no more than two pages) outlining their qualifications and demonstrating their ability to undertake the key responsibilities of the position
  • provide a rsum of no more than two pages
  • nominate two referees, and
  • submit their application, marked ‘Attention: Development Cooperation Officer Position’, via email to

The closing date for applications is Friday 14 December at 17:00.



It has come to the attention of the Australian government that there has been a recent spate of scams targeting citizens of West African countries offering false offers of employment and visas to Australia. These scams are run by criminal gangs and will only steal your money by fraud. There is no job and there is no visa.

No Australian Diplomat or Australian Border Force Special Agent will contact you offering jobs or visas. Legitimate Australian Government border related email addresses end with or Anything that contains a .net or a .com or anything else is a scam.

Report suspected fraud to:  or  Any information you provide will be treated confidentially.

Should you believe that you are the victim of a scam, you should report it to your local police and you may also wish to report it via the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Scamwatch website.


Beware of fraudulent Scholarship Agents

Potential Australia Awards – Africa applicants are vulnerable to being targeted by individuals who pose as scholarship agents promising to guarantee a scholarship to study in Australia. Potential applicants, are often urged to pay money, in return for support and guidance in filling a form and submitting a successful application.

If you are a potential applicant, use the website: as your primary source of information. The site will publish accurate and relevant program information which will help you with your application. If you would like to verify whether the program employs an individual that has offered to help you with your application, email us at


International financial scams

International scammers continue to tempt people around the world with promises of lucrative rewards, usually in return for assistance in transferring vast sums of money. Read the Smartraveller Travel Bulletin.


Cruise Ship Employment Scams

The Australian Government is aware that clients in Africa have been targeted by unsolicited e-mails fraudulently offering employment from Australian cruise ship companies. Victims of this scam are defrauded of fees supposedly for visas or fictitious ‘foreign worker certificates’. It appears that the fraudulent e-mails originate from other countries, not Australia. The Australian High Commission is unable to verify employment offers from Australian companies. Job-seekers are. however, strongly advised to verify all job offers using publicly available contact details for the relevant companies. Information on applying for Australian visas is available on the Australian Border Force website.


Internet Dating/Lonely Heart Scams

There have been a number of instances where Australian citizens and permanent residents believe they have formed relationships with persons from Africa over the internet, only to discover that the purported relationship is actually part of an on-going scam to defraud the Australian out of large sums of money, or to obtain permanent migration status in Australia. In some instances, persons have also experienced physical harm as a result of the actions of the criminal networks operating these scams.

We have received information that Australians sponsoring their fiancé or spouse to migrate to Australia have been asked to send large amounts of money to their partner, on the basis that this is required as part of the visa application process. Information on all relevant fees and charges associated with visa applications can be found here.

Any questions about the standard visa process (including associated costs), can be directed to the Visa Section of the Australian High Commission, Pretoria at the email address: