The Philippine Consulate General in Melbourne (Melbourne PCG) was approved for reopening in 2019 by the Office of the President 33 years after its closure in 1986. During this period, the affairs of the Philippine government in Victoria and the consular needs of the Filipino Community were handled by a succession of Philippine Honorary Consuls:
- 1987- 1997 – Mr. Ric Henson, Philippine Honorary Consul
- 1994- 1999 – Mr. Michael McDonald, Philippine Honorary Consul General for Trade and Investments
- Dec 1997- Dec 2003 – Ms. Maina Walkley, Philippine Honorary Consul then Consul General
- Dec 2004- Jun 2010 – Mr. Raul Hernandez, Philippine Honorary Consul General
- May 2010- Sep 2014 – Ms. Virginia Kalong, Philippine Honorary Consul General
- Sep 2014- Dec 2019 – Mr. Felix Pintado, Philippine Honorary Consul
Consul General Maria Lourdes Salcedo led a team of four DFA personnel and their families on 14 November 2020, following the easing of some travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team augmented the landing team of another four personnel led by Deputy Consul General Anthony Mandap who arrived in Melbourne on 17 December 2019.
Melbourne PCG serves the Filipino Community in Victoria where an estimated 80,000 overseas Filipinos (OFs) and their family members reside. In addition, there are nearly 16,000 OFs in South Australia and about 2,000 more in Tasmania, states falling within Post’s consular jurisdiction.
There are promising opportunities for productive engagements between the Philippines and Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania in trade, investment, tourism, education and economic cooperation as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
The Office of the Philippine Consulate General is at Level 10, 257 Collins Street, in Melbourne CBD. It is adjacent to the Town Hall, Federation Square, State Parliament, Victoria State Government Offices as well as police and fire stations.