State Visit of President Benigno S. Aquino III to the
Commonwealth of Australia
October 23-26, 2012

After a three-day visit to New Zealand, President Benigno S. Aquino III will fly to the Commonwealth of Australia for a State Visit which will mark another milestone to the growing diplomatic relations between Australia and the Philippines.

President Aquino will arrive on October 23 at the Defense Establishment Fairbairn in Canberra. The following day, he will be given a ceremonial welcome at the Government House which will be led by Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of Australia, and will meet with Prime Minister Julia Gillard MP and other high-ranking officials of the Australian government at the Parliament House.

In Sydney, the President will attend a series of courtesy calls and meetings. He will also speak at the Philippine-Australia Business Forum, and at the Asia Society Australia and the Australia Philippine Business Council Forum-CEO Roundtable.

On the last day of his visit, President Aquino will lead the unveiling of the statue of Dr. Jose Rizal at Campbelltown City and meet with the Filipino community.

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Activities in Australia


Departure for Manila

Mtg. w/ FilCom

Mtg. w/ FilCom (Speech)

Unveiling of the Statue of Dr. Jose Rizal (Speech)

Unveiling of the Statue of Dr. Jose Rizal

Coffee Mtg. w/ Phil. Media

Mtg. w/ ASA and APBC (Speech)

Mtg. w/ ASA and APBC

Roundtable w/ CEOs organized by ASA and APBC

Business Mtg. w/ Austal

Call by Hon. Tony Abbott

Business Mtg. w/ Macquarie

Phil-Australia Business Forum (Speech)

Phil-Australia Business Forum

Business Mtg. w/ AG&P

State Luncheon (Speech)

State Luncheon

Call by Hon. Barry O’Farrell

Arrival at Sydney


Official Dinner (Speech)

Wreathlaying and Tour

Signing of Air Services Agreement

Mtg. w/ PM Gillard & Australian Ministers

Mtg. w/ PM Julia Gillard MP

Call on HE Ms. Quentin Bryce

Ceremonial Welcome

Arrival at Canberra