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Welcome to the website of the German Embassy Canberra!

As the new German Ambassador to Australia, I am delighted that you are interested in Germany and German-Australian relations.

Germany and Australia have enjoyed close and amicable diplomatic ties for over 60 years. Our aim now is to focus on expanding these links. In late 2015, a high-level Australia-Germany Advisory Group chaired by Minister of State Professor Maria Böhmer and Minister Mathias Cormann drew up a list of recommendations. My team and I look forward to putting these ideas into practice over the coming years.

Priorities will include developing our political relations and furthering the security dialogue, which is becoming ever more important. We will also focus on cooperation in new areas in order to enable us to meet the economic and social challenges of the future. This includes issues such as digitisation, industry 4.0, start-up development and technological change in the context of the shift to green energy. It is important to me that we have even better bilateral cooperation between business and research in order to develop and apply new technologies.

I regard Australia as being on the growth side of the world. With steady growth of over three percent, it is one of the wealthiest industrialised countries in the world and has constant immigration in 12th place. It is also rich in reserves of natural resources and a global leader in important research fields such as medicine. I believe my most important task is to identify and make use of the opportunities for closer cooperation with Germany. During the coming years, we also aim to foster lasting contacts between people from our two countries in the fields of art, culture, media and sport through targeted projects.

Many of my fellow Germans see the fifth continent as a particularly attractive destination. Almost 30,000 Germans aged under 32 take part in Australia’s Working Holiday programme each year. Young people in particular are closer to your country than ever before, thanks to rapid communication via the internet, opportunities to study or do an internship in Australia, and the growing number of flights available. I am very happy about that.

Here in Canberra, my team and I see ourselves as an interface and intermediary between Germany and Australia, both in personal contact and through this website. So, please, have a look at our website and find out more about our work, interesting events and the services we provide. If you have any questions or ideas, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We look forward to your feedback!

Dr Anna Prinz
Ambassador

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Relations to intensify between Germany and Australia

Maria Böhmer stressed that the Advisory Group wanted to give German-Australian relations a forward-looking agenda and elevate them to a new level. We want to expand trade and investment and improve st...

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Recommendations to strengthen German-Australian relations

In November 2015, the co‑chairs of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group, Maria Böhmer, Minister of State at Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and Mathias Cormann, Australian Minister for Finance, presented Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with a report containing 59 recommendations to intensify relations between the two countries.

Cormann, Schäuble and Böhmer signing the agreement

Germany and Australia sign double-taxation agreement

Together with Federal Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Australia’s Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, Minister of State Maria Böhmer signed a new German-Australian double-taxation agreement in Berlin on 12 November 2015. The occasion was the visit by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who met Federal Chancellor Merkel and former Foreign Minister Steinmeier.