Australian Consulate-General
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin

About Us

About the Australian Consulate-General in Chicago

The Australian Consulate-General in Chicago’s mission is to strengthen the bond between Australia and the United States of America through advancing Australia’s interests in trade and investment, politics, cultural exchange and academia throughout the Midwest. In addition to nurturing a thriving economic relationship with the United States, the Consulate-General assists in elevating the profile of Australia.

For Australians that are traveling through the Midwest or living overseas, the Consulate-General provides; information, consular, notarial, and passport services.

For citizens of other nationalities looking for information on traveling to Australia, studying in Australia or doing business with Australia, information can be found under the “Connecting with Australia” tab.


The Australian Consulate-General in Chicago is unable to provide information on visas, immigration, customs or citizenship.  For all Austalian visa or citizenship questions please visit the Department of Home Affairs website or call the Global Service Centre +61 2 6196 0196 (International call costs apply).

Information on the website includes Frequently Asked Questions, Visa Finder Tool and an online enquiry form.


Head of Post 

Ambassador Peter Heyward, Australian Consul-General in Chicago

Ambassador Heyward is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).  He was until recently Head of Congressional Liaison at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

Before taking up this role Ambassador Heyward served overseas as Australia’s High Commissioner to Pakistan (the equivalent of Ambassador), Ambassador to East Timor; Ambassador to Brazil, also accredited to Colombia and Venezuela; Deputy Permanent Representative, Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Geneva and Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Argentina. In Australia he headed groups in DFAT dealing with environment, human rights, Africa and consular operations.

Ambassador Heyward holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania, and a Graduate Certificate in Management from Monash University. He is married and has two daughters.


Contact Information 


123 N Wacker Drive, Suite 1330

Chicago, IL 60606


Phone: 1 312 419 1480

From Australia: +1 312 419 1480

Fax: 1 212 351-6501

From Australia: +1 212 351-6501


Hours of Operation

The Consulate is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding public holidays.

(US Central Standard Time)


Consular District









North Dakota

South Dakota




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