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.
"... bringing the German-Australian relationship to the highest level it has ever seen." Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull opened the Asia Pacific Regional Conference, along with Federal President Steinmeier (4 Nov 2017)
The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference (APRC) 2017, held in Perth from 3-5 November, was the most significant conference between Germany and Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. The APRC, organised by the German-Australian Chamber of Commerce with the support of the Australian Government brought together business and government leaders and around 1000 international delegates from Germany, Australia and the Asia-Pacific.
Opened jointly by Australian Prime Minister Turnbull and German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the APRC succeeded in further broadening, deepening and strengthening the German-Australian bilateral relationship, and enhancing business and policy ties throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
The conference program generated thought-provoking and meaningful exchanges on the most significant policy issues of today, including the future of global trade agreements, geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific region and the fourth industrial revolution. High-level panels discussed key challenges and showcased opportunities in our economies and societies, including disruptive technologies and innovation, the future of energy and resources, cybersecurity, defence industry, agritech, future cities and the future of work.
Minister Cormann: Stronger ties between Australia and Germany in our interest (opinion piece published in The Australian 24 July 2017)
Strengthening ties with Germany at the G20
The Australian Government is working with Germany to drive new opportunities through the Hamburg G20 Summit. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (pictured below left on arrival in Hamburg, 6 July) met with Chancellor Angela Merkel for a bilateral meeting prior to the opening of the G20 Summit.
Australia's Chief Scientist visiting Germany
Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, visited Germany 24-26 April. In Berlin, he i.a. participated in a discussion forum with Professor Schellnhuber of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
Delegation of Indigenous community representatives in Berlin for repatriation of ancestral remains
A delegation of representatives of Indigenous Australian communities arrived in Berlin on 21 March 2017 for a repatriation of ancestral remains from a number of German institutions. A formal ceremony was held on 23 March 2017 at the Australian Embassy.
Fifth Australian Landing Pad finds a home in Berlin
Berlin’s Betahaus house has become 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.
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.
Australia was elected by a majority of United Nations member states on 16 October to serve a three-year term on the Human Rights Council, the world’s peak body for promoting and protecting human rights.
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