"Police and emergency services have responded to suspicious packages to embassies and consulates in ACT & VIC today. The circumstances are being investigated", said the AFP statement.
Police did not identify any of the embassies or consulates involved.
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.
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A spokesperson for the British High Commission confirmed its office in Melbourne had received a suspicious package.
Worldwide consulates in Melbourne and Canberra, including the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Korea, and Russian Federation are believed to be affected, according to Australian news agencies 10 Daily and 9 News.
Most of the sites - also including locations near the Spanish, Swiss, Egyptian and Pakistani consulates - were evacuated as a precaution but have since been declared safe.
Melbourne emergency services have responded to a number of call-outs for "hazardous material" in the last hour according to the state's emergency response website, which shows a total of 17 hazardous material incidents now in progress.
"There are 22 we know of at least in Melbourne and Canberra", Candice said.More news: Gary Kubiak will not be Broncos offensive coordinator, sources say
"We put the envelope in another plastic bag and called the emergency service, who arrived within 10 minutes".
The ministry said staff were evacuated as a precautionary measure.
The development comes two days after a suspicious white substance was found inside a package sent to the Argentine consulate in Sydney.
Paramedics and firefighters wearing hazmat suits were seen entering the Korean embassy, while fire engines were seen outside several consulates.
The powder, contained in clear plastic bags within an envelope, was subsequently deemed not unsafe.More news: Saudi Arabia to announce slight rise in oil, gas reserves after audit