Welcome to the Australian Embassy, Berlin
Australia has a warm and significant bilateral relationship with Germany. We have wide-ranging dialogue and cooperation with Germany, which ranks among Australia's leading trading partners. We have a strong and expanding investment relationship. Germany is a major source of foreign direct investment in Australia and one of Australia's largest investment destinations.
Germany has been a significant source of migrants to Australia. Germans and Australians have wide-ranging interest in each other's culture. Australia is one of the most popular overseas destinations for German tourists and students. The Government is keen to expand existing links with Germany, including in traditional and new commercial spheres.
At a function celebrating Australia Day at the Embassy on 26 January, Ambassador Lynette Wood launched the Australia now Germany 2017 program. Germany has been selected as this year's focus country for a wide-ranging program of activities which will showcase Australia's creativity, diversity and innovation across a broad spectrum of the arts, including dance, theatre, music, and visual arts, as well as science, technology and sports.
For further details, please see www.australianow2017.de
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources in Germany for G20 Ministerial Meeting
The Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, arrived in Berlin on 19 January for a 4-day visit to attend the G20 Agriculture Ministers' meeting in Berlin as a part of Australia's push to strengthen agriculture exports and build new and stronger trading partnerships. Minister Joyce also chaired a Ministerial session on water access at the 9th Berlin Agricultural Ministers' Conference and took part in the Global Forum on Food and Agriculture (see also: Australia puts its case at G20 Meeting on Water and Food Security).
Fifth Australian Landing Pad finds a home in Berlin
Berlin’s Betahaus house will be the home of Australia’s fifth Landing Pad – a place for Aussie entrepreneurs to launch their startup to the world. With this final Landing Pad established, Australian startups now have the opportunity to access investment capital, networks, mentors and ideas in five key locations across the globe, from San Francisco to Shanghai, Singapore, Tel Aviv and now Berlin.
Inaugural German-Australian 2+2 Ministerial Meeting in Berlin
The Australia-Germany 2+2 Ministerial Meeting, which convened in Berlin on 6 Sept 2016, marks a significant milestone in the bilateral relationship. With the first 2+2 meeting between our countries, Germany and Australia take their Strategic Partnership of the 2013 Berlin-Canberra Declaration to a new level, also building on the work of the Australian-German Advisory Group.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Marise Payne were first officially welcomed by their German counterparts, Ministers Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Ursula von der Leyen, at the German Defence Ministry and then met for their consultation at the German Foreign Office Guest House Villa Borsig (pictures below).
Celebration of Australia in Germany
The Australian Government will host Australia now, a major celebration of Australia’s creativity and innovation, in Germany in 2017. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (pictured below) announced the program on 6 September at a reception held at the Australian Embassy in Berlin.
For latest news available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, please see www.dfat.gov.au