Consular Social Platforms

The embassy and consulate general of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Australia kindly ask your attention for an update about our social media platforms:

From 1 September 2020 the Dutch diplomatic missions in Australia will share one joint Facebook page, called “Netherlands Embassy and Consulate General in Australia”.
The URL will remain the same as the former “Embassy of the Netherlands in Australia” page.
The Facebook page of the Consulate General in Sydney will be deactivated.

Consul General Frank van Beuningen explains why the Embassy and Consulate General have decided to use only one Facebook page: “We are one team, with one mission: to represent the interests of the Netherlands in Australia. It makes perfect sense to have one go-to Facebook page for Dutch nationals who want to visit, live, work, study or do business in Australia, as well as Australian nationals who want to do the same in the Netherlands.”

Mr Van Beuningen urges all followers, in particular consular customers, to follow the Netherlands Embassy and Consulate General in Australia Facebook page.
“On this Facebook page we will, besides other regular topics, publish all relevant updates about the services of our consular section in Sydney”, the Consul General said, “as well as consular updates about Dutch passport and visa applications, nationality matters and other consular affairs.“

Read the full news article on our website: 

Press Release: New Consul-General of the Netherlands to Australia

Press release

Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sydney
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Canberra
22 February 2018
New Consul-General of the Netherlands to Australia
We are pleased to welcome Frank van Beuningen, the new Consul-General of the Netherlands in
Sydney, to Australia.
Frank arrived in Sydney earlier this month. Before his posting Down Under, he worked as a diplomat on
special assignments and had several postings, among others in Afghanistan, Germany, Sri Lanka, Iraq,
Ivory Coast and Zimbabwe. Besides working on economic diplomacy and trade promotion, Frank has
dealt extensively with security policy, counter-terrorism and human rights issues.
In the Netherlands Frank was the co-founder and later director (1998 – 2002) of the Advisory Council on
International Affairs, a think tank that advises the Dutch government on a regular basis on all aspects of
foreign and security policy. He has a degree in international affairs from the Erasmus University in
Rotterdam. Frank is married to Jennie and together they have two adult children.
After having been in Sydney for nearly two weeks, Frank says “he feels like a dog with two tails”. He
states: “I am looking forward to working with the team on the optimising of consular services and the
potential for Dutch companies to partner with Australian counterparts to achieve sustainable trade and
investment for both our countries. I cannot wait to get to know the Dutch community. I am very
interested in its history”.
We wish Frank and his family a great time in Australia and look forward to working with him!
Contact details:
Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sydney:
More information can be found here:

Study for the Ministry of the Interior

Beste Vrienden,

Wij zijn benaderd door adviesbureau Berenschot dat in opdracht van het Nederlandse Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties een onderzoek uitvoert naar de gemeentebalie op Schiphol. Bij deze balie kunnen Nederlanders die in het buitenland wonen terecht voor reisdocumenten en DigiD. Het doel van dit onderzoek is het verkrijgen van inzicht in uw wensen, behoeften en (eventuele) ervaringen met de gemeentebalie op Schiphol.

Ook als u niet bekend bent met deze balie of (nog) geen bezoek hebt gebracht aan deze balie kunt u deelnemen aan het onderzoek. Het onderzoek richt zich juist ook op deze doelgroep.

U vindt de vragenlijst hier of hier Het invullen van de vragenlijst duurt ongeveer 5 minuten en is volledig anoniem.

Mocht u vragen hebben naar aanleiding van dit onderzoek, dan kunt u contact opnemen met Wieke Ambrosius via 0031(0)612142861 of

Namens het Nederlandse Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties, heel hartelijk dank voor uw tijd en moeite!

English Translation

Study for the Ministry of the Interior

Dear Friends,

We have been approached by consultancy Berenschot conducting an investigation commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations to the city desk at Schiphol. This counter will be available for people of Dutch Nationality living abroad to be able to organise travel documents and DigiD. The goal of this study  is to gain an understanding of your needs, wishes and (if any) experience with the “Gemeente” counter at Schiphol.

Even if you are not familiar with this desk or not (yet) visited this counter you can participate in the study. The research also focuses on precisely this target group.

You can find the questionnaire here or Completing the questionnaire takes about 5 minutes and is completely anonymous.

If you have questions regarding this survey, please contact Wiekevorst Ambrosius 0031 (0) 612 142 861 or

On behalf of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, thank you very much for your time and effort!