Suspicious packages found at multiple foreign consulates in Melbourne, Canberra

Staff have been evacuated as emergency crews respond to a number of incidents involving foreign consulates in Melbourne. AAP

Australian Federal Police are now examining the packages, which were delivered to consulates on St Kilda Rd and in the CBD.

It was immediately unclear if a package was found at the Indian consulate in Melbourne too.

"The circumstances surrounding these incidents are being investigated".

Emergency services in Melbourne are responding to reports that suspicious packages have been found at global embassies and consulates in Melbourne and Canberra.

At least 13 consulates in Melbourne have been affected, along with a number of unnamed embassies and consulates in the ACT, the AFP has confirmed.

SYDNEY: Pakistan's mission in Melbourne was among the those worldwide consulates and embassies in Australian cities that have been sent suspicious packages containing white powder, some reportedly marked with the word "asbestos", foreign media reported.

One official from Pakistan's consulate told the ABC that she opened a suspicious envelope at 10:00am (Melbourne time), which appeared to contain asbestos.

A spokesman for the US Mission Australia, on behalf of the US Consulate General in Melbourne, said: "We can confirm the U.S. Consulate in Melbourne received a suspicious package earlier today".

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A British High Commission spokesperson also confirmed that a suspicious package was sent to their Melbourne consulate and they were liaising closely with Australian Federal Police and the local authorities regarding the situation.

There were no immediate reports of any of the consulate staff being harmed in the incidents.

"We handled the package according to our standard procedures and in close coordination with local authorities - the Melbourne Fire Brigade and the Australian Federal Police - who are investigating the incident", he said.

Images taken by 9News showed firefighters and paramedics attending the Indian and USA missions in Melbourne.

"All our staff are safe and accounted for".

Emergency workers wearing chemical suits were seen entering some of the buildings.

Emergency service personal exiting the building where the Korean consulate is located in Melbourne.

The alerts come after Sydney's Argentinian consulate was partially evacuated on Monday after reports of a suspicious substance.

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