Skip Ribbon Commands Skip to main content
Home > Information & advice > Conflict in Syria

 Conflict in Syria

The Australian Government deplores the violence and suffering that is occurring in Syria. Australia condemns all acts of violence against civilians, whoever is responsible.

The Government remains committed to a unified international response on Syria. Australia is continuing to work with like-minded countries to maintain pressure on the Syrian Government to end the violence against the Syrian people and commit to an inclusive process of political transition.

Recent news

  • On 27 November 2017, the Minister for Foreign Affairs revoked the declaration of al-Raqqa province, Syria under subsection 119.3(5) of the Criminal Code. While it is no longer a criminal offence to enter or remain in al-Raqqa province, the security situation continues to be extremely dangerous and Syria remains a ‘do not travel’ destination. Australian Government consular assistance is not available in Syria.
  • On 4 December 2014, the Minister for Foreign Affairs declared the Syrian province of al-Raqqa as an area in which listed a terrorist organisation is engaging in a hostile activity. This means it will be an offence for Australians to enter or remain in al‑Raqqa province, unless it is solely for a legitimate purpose.  Further information on the declaration of al-Raqqa and its implications for Australians considering travelling to Syria can be found on the Australian National Security website
  • In November, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, travelled to New York to chair key meetings of the United Nations Security Council during Australia’s Presidency.  This included a high-level meeting on counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism to build on the Council’s summit on foreign terrorist fighters held in September, focussing on the practical steps that countries must take to tackle the threat posed by terrorists and counter violent extremism. To view Minister Bishop’s address to the Security Council, visit the Minister for Foreign Affairs website.
  • In April, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon released a statement on the day of remembrance for victims of chemical warfare stating that Syria's use of chemical weapons against its people in 2013 was "a deplorable offense against humanity". He also noted that due to a multinational effort, 90% of Syria's chemical weapons have been removed or destroyed. To view his other statements in relation to Syria visit the Secretary-General's website.
  • In March, Australia's National Imams Consultative Forum released a statement deploring the violence in Syria. To view this statement, visit the Blogs page.
  • The United Nations Security Council recently passed a Resolution calling for all parties, particularly the Syrian Government, to allow humanitarian access in Syria. Read the text of the Resolution or visit the Security Council Report website for more United Nations documents relating to Syria.

For the latest news on the conflict in Syria and the humanitarian assistance being delivered to the Syrian people, visit the UN News Centre.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) publishes regular updates on Syria, which are available on its Syria Emergency page.

Useful information for Australian communities

Find out more about what the Australian Government is doing to help the Syrian people and the people of surrounding nations.

Explore what you can do to help the Syrian people.

You should also be aware of the legal implications for Australians travelling to certain areas in Syria or providing support for either side in the conflict.

Learn more about the situation in Syria by downloading the Australian Government's information sheets on the Conflict in Syria:

This document is also available in other languages on the resources page.