Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra

Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Australia were established in 1947. In January of that year, Mr Charles William Frost, a Tasmanian ex-Labor Member of Parliament was posted as Australia’s first Commissioner to Ceylon and assumed office on 29th April 1947. The first office of the Australian Mission was located at the Galle Face Hotel and later shifted to the Gaffoor Building in Fort in October 1947 and to the Grand Oriental Hotel in 1950. He was later promoted as High Commissioner once Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) gained independence from Great Britain.

Mr. J.A. Martensz an appointed Member of the First Parliament of Ceylon in 1947 was the first High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Australia. Due to a shortage of housing in Canberra at the time, the High Commission initially functioned from Sydney and moved to Canberra on 28 February 1949. The Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra was the fourth Sri Lanka mission to be established overseas since Independence after New Delhi, London and Washington DC.

The Chancery was initially located on the East Block of the Commonwealth Offices, and thereafter moved to the Old Hospital Block in Acton. The Australian Government did not charge rent for these two buildings. The former Chancery building at 35, Empire Circuit, Forest which was originally a maternity hospital and thereafter an overnight halting place for Ansett pioneer buses. It was purchased in April 1952 and the High Commission was housed in this building for over 60 years until it was relocated to the new purpose built facility in Yarralumla on 5th March 2012.

The present Chancery building stands out with its Sri Lankan architectural features which can be discerned from a distance. Visitors to the Chancery are greeted by a large mural that cover the wall facing the entrance depicting all aspects of Sri Lankan life, and the multicultural nature of Sri Lankan society. The building was designed by Canberra based Architect of Sri Lankan origin, Mr Jayantha Madawela.

Important Contact details

Sri Lanka High Commission
No. 61, Hampton Circuit
Yarralumla, Canberra
ACT 2600, Australia

Telephone:  +61 2 6198 3756

Fax:  +61 2 6198 3760




Twitter:   @SLinAustralia

Diplomatic Staff


H.E. Somasundaram Skandakumar

High Commissioner :


Ms. Himalee Arunatilaka

Deputy High Commissioner  :


Mr. Cyril Gunapala

Minister  :


Mr. Chandana Weerasena

Minister Counsellor :

Honorary Consuls

Brisbane, Queensland

Mr. Anton Swan
Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Brisbane, Queensland
26 Dannenberg Street,
Carseldine Queensland 4034,

Tel: +61 07 32618483
Mobile: +61 4 38 194 852

Perth, Western Australia

Mr. Roshana (Rosh) Jalagge

Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka  in Perth, Western Australia
43, Old Perth Road,
Bassendean, WA 6054

Tel:   + 61 08 9279 9988
Fax: + 61 08 9279  9889
Mobile: + 61 419 966 583

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Adelaide, South Australia

Dr. Charitha Perera

Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka  in Adelaide, South Australia
596, The Parade,
Auldana, SA 5072, Australia

Mobile: + 61 412 552 541
Home: + 61 08 8333 0764

Wellington, New Zealand

Mr. Aruna Abeygoonesekera
Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in New Zealand

32 A Izard Road
New Zealand

Tel: + 64 04 976 8434
Fax: + 64 4 976 8435
Mobile: + 64 21-02679214