Australia's largest embassy is now in operation, with the formal opening of the new Australian Embassy in Jakarta by Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop. It provides a functional, safe and secure work environment for Australian and Indonesian staff from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and 13 other Australian government departments and agencies. The Embassy's size and scale reflects the importance of Australia's bilateral relations with Indonesia.
The project is an example of excellence in cooperation between Australia and Indonesia. Constructed by Australian-Indonesian firms PT Leighton Contractors Indonesia and PT Total Bangun Persada Tbk, the Embassy project has provided the opportunity for over 2000 Indonesian design and construction personnel to build their skills at the highest levels of quality and workmanship. In the capacity of Project Director, APP supported the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Overseas Property Office (OPO). This role was responsible to oversee the project's construction phase and to act as OPO’s senior representative in Jakarta.
The Embassy is the largest complex capital works project directly undertaken by the Australian Government overseas, and was constructed on time, within budget, and a high standard of work safety. The construction phase recorded over 10 million working hours, with one lost time injury only. The injured worker was rehabilitated and returned to work.