Two Australians were among those who died when a plane operated by the budget carrier of Germany’s Lufthansa crashed in the French Alps.
They were a Victorian mother and her adult son, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says.
The federal government is seeking to confirm whether any other Australians or dual citizens were on board.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten said on Twitter that the news was devastating.
‘Devastating news from France of the Germanwings flight from Barcelona. Absolutely heartbreaking,’ he tweeted.
US President Barack Obama has been briefed on the plane crash, with the White House saying there don’t appear to be any terrorist links.
Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism Lisa Monaco appraised the president about the Germanwings Airbus 320 crash.
‘There is no indication of a nexus to terrorism at this time,’ National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said of Tuesday’s crash.
‘US officials have been in touch with French, German, and Spanish authorities and have offered assistance
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and loved ones.