It remained there until we moved to the Grand Serail Diplomatic Complex in June 2004. The Embassy currently has a staff of 8 Australia-based Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) officers, 2 Australia-based Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) officers, and 32 locally-recruited personnel.
The Australian Embassy, Beirut, was opened in 1967. It was the third Australian Embassy to be opened in the Middle East. It was closed in 1984 because of the security situation in Beirut. During the next 11 years, Australian relations with Lebanon, including visa services, were handled by the Australian Embassy in Damascus, with the Ambassador in Damascus accredited to both Syria and Lebanon.