MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MALAYSIA
The year 2011 was an important milestone in the relationship between Malaysia and the State of Victoria, Australia due to the establishment of the first Consulate General of Malaysia’s office in Melbourne. It was a result of Y.A.B Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak first Official Visit to Australia in March 2011. YAB PM took the opportunity during his visit to Australia to visit Melbourne from 3-4 March 2011. It was during the State Dinner hosted by Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu that YAB PM made the announcement of Malaysia’s intention to appoint a Malaysian Consul General in Melbourne.
It was envisioned that the opening of the Consulate will not only cater for the Malaysian students and citizens in Victoria (about 40,000), but also to cater for the ever increasing bilateral between Malaysia and the State of Victoria.
The Consulate General Office in Melbourne was formally established in May, 2011. This was followed by the arrival of Dr Mohamad Rameez Yahaya, the first Consul General of Malaysia in Melbourne on 26 June 2011, which marked the inauguration of a new chapter of relationship between Malaysia and the State of Victoria. Due to logistics, the Consulate established its office temporarily at the Malaysian Hall in the suburb of Windsor. After six months of tireless and relentless efforts by the officers and staff of the office, the Consulate General finally moved to a permanent premise at Level 1, 432, St. Kilda Road, Melbourne City Business District (28 December 2011).