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.
Bilateral Relations and News
Berlin Landing Pad
Betahaus is the home of Australia’s Landing Pad in Berlin– a place for Aussie entrepreneurs to launch their startup to the world. Austrade’s Landing Pad Program takes place at five key locations across the globe: San Francisco to Shanghai, Singapore, Tel Aviv and Berlin. Each location is selected for its status as a global innovation hub, its innovation and startup ecosystem, and its accessible network of entrepreneurial talent, mentors and investors. While based at the Berlin Landing Pad, participants are introduced to other international start-ups and major German and European companies and organisations, have access to investment opportunities and have their businesses nurtured to accelerate new technologies and business ideas.
Australia-Germany University Research NetworkThe Embassy is delighted to launch the inaugural Australia-Germany Research Network on 20 November 2018 in Berlin. The Network will bring together previous and current researchers together with business and industry representatives from across all fields, who are either part of the long standing and extensive research collaboration between Australia and Germany or keen to be involved. From here, the Network will be a key platform to highlight the world-leading research undertaken between Australia and Germany and to better share knowledge and expertise. It is intended to also become a central meeting place for research and industry with Australian and German connections to come together and form a more comprehensive picture of the research, exchange and possible business opportunities available.
Please email info.berlin[at]dfat.gov.au if you are interested or participating in research cooperation between Australia and Germany and would like to be included in our database.
High Level Australian Visits to Germany
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had a successful three-day visit to Berlin from 21-24 April 2018. He met Chancellor Angela Merkel for political talks and gave a keynote address at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He also met separately with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen and visited a Siemens training centre, hosting a number of Australian apprentices. Australian Finance Minister Senator Mathias Cormann also visited this year, stopping over in Frankfurt on 26 January for an Australia Day reception hosted by Consul-General and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Richard Leather. On his return to Canberra, his long-standing work on advancing bilateral German-Australian relations was honoured by the award of the German Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, presented to him by the German Ambassador to Australia, Dr Anna Prinz.
Prime Minister Turnbull with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ambassdor Lynette Wood and DFAT Secretary Frances Adamson in Berlin
Delegation of Indigenous community representatives in Berlin for repatriation of ancestral remains
The repatriation of ancestral remains of Indigenous Australians from collections at various German institutions to Australia is a profoundly important issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. In 2017, four German institutions returned Australian Indigenous ancestral remains. In cooperation with the relevant German institutions, the Australian Embassy supports ongoing discussions and works towards further repatriations in the coming years.
Australia was elected by a majority of United Nations member states on 16 October 2017 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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Listen to Australian journalist Breandáin O'Shea presenting conversations with exceptional Australians who have made Germany their home, including stage director Barrie Kosky, conductor Simone Young, composer and violist Brett Dean, singer-songwriter Kat Frankie and choreographer Rhys Martin.