2017 Asia Pacific Regional Conference
Germany - Australia - Asia - Pacific

On November 3 to 5 the most significant bilateral conference between Germany and Australia will redefine the depth and breadth of economic linkages between our countries and within the region. Political and business leaders will explore new investment and trade opportunities with a special focus on the growth in Asia-Pacific. Germany and Australia will discuss how to best leverage their strong ties into the Asia-Pacific.
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German Week Sydney

From "500 Years of Martin Luther"-Exhibition to a Forum on the Startup Scene in Germany and Australia; from German Style Christmas Market to a German Language Day at the Goethe Institut. Join us for 1...

Bundestagswahl 2017

Bundestag election 2017 - Germans abroad

Only persons listed in a voters’ register may vote. Germans living abroad who do not have a registered domicile in Germany are called German expatriates. They are not automatically entered into a voters’ register. If German expatriates wish to participate in Bundestag elections, they have to submit a formal application for entry into the voters’ register before each election. Please find further information on the following website: The Federal Returning Officer

German Election 2017

Jul 21, 2017 4:30 PM

Germany for sale: Why the cost of living in Germany is on the rise

In towns and cities across Germany, rental prices are climbing steadily and real estate is becoming a hot commodity for international investors. Sumi Somaskanda and Nina Haase took a look at the situation in Berlin.


Jul 17, 2017 1:37 AM

Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects refugee limit for Germany in TV interview

ARD Summer Interview with Angela Merkel

The German chancellor has rejected calls from her sister party to limit the number of refugees entering Germany. In a wide-ranging interview she defended the G20 summit in Hamburg and spending on infrastructure.


Jul 16, 2017 4:12 PM

Angela Merkel's challenger Martin Schulz unveils plan for 'modern Germany'

SPD leader Martin Schulz has called for Germany to use its budget surplus for domestic and EU-wide investment. The pitch is an attempt to revive the SPD's chances against Chancellor Merkel in September's election.


Jul 14, 2017 4:37 PM

Rich vs. Poor: How fair and equal is Germany?

Germany is one of the world?s strongest economies but it?s also grappling with increasing poverty and inequality. Nina Haase and Sumi Somaskanda went to Bremen, one of the country?s poorest regions, to find out more.


Jul 7, 2017 5:17 PM

Is Islam changing Germany?

More than four million Muslims live in Germany ? are they changing the country, and if so - how? Nina Haase and Sumi Somaskanda visited the region of Cologne, which has a large Muslim population, to find out.


Networks

Refreshed, mobile and highly interactive – deutschland.de has a new face to it

Discover topics, find information, view videos, take part in the Germany Quiz and in online voting, interact with others: If you want to understand what makes Germany tick and what Germany is busy talking about, then visit deutschland.de and its social-media channels.

BUDDY BEAR BERLIN-SYDNEY

Our Bear is still bare. Help us create a unique bear skin for our Sydney Buddy Bear! We are looking for artists to paint our Buddy Bear with their original design. The bear is the official symbol of Germany’s capital, Berlin, and the Buddy Bear is a sculpture of a bear with open arms, symbolising friendship, tolerance and understanding between people of various cultures and religions. More than 140 Buddy Bears have been created by artists so far, connecting places from all over the world with Berlin.

2017 Asia Pacific Regional Conference
Germany - Australia - Asia - Pacific

On November 3 to 5 the most significant bilateral conference between Germany and Australia will redefine the depth and breadth of economic linkages between our countries and within the region. Political and business leaders will explore new investment and trade opportunities with a special focus on the growth in Asia-Pacific. Germany and Australia will discuss how to best leverage their strong ties into the Asia-Pacific.
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Innovation Forum: Falling Walls Lab Australia 2017

Great Minds, 3 Minutes, 1 Day
Share your innovative idea at Falling Walls Lab Australia on 12 September 2017 at the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra, win a scholarship and travel to the Finale in Berlin!
Call for applications is now open: young researchers and innovators from all across Australia are invited to apply. Applications close on 12 June 2017.
Find further information on the following website:
Australian Academy of Science
How to apply

Jewish Life Today

Exhibition “Jewish Life in Germany Today” launches on the 15 June 2017 in Sydney

The worldwide circulating exhibition “Jewish Life in Germany Today” will be launched by the German Consulate General in Sydney on 15 June. In conjunction with the Jewish Board of Deputies of New South Wales and B’nai B’rith the exhibition will be displayed as intercultural event in our lively Sydney until 30th of July.

Left to right: Patricia (Trish) White, Engineers Australia board member; Henning Banthien, Plattform Industrie 4.0 Secretary General; German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Brigitte Zypries; HE Lynette Wood, Australian Ambassador to Germany; Jeff Connolly, Chair of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce; Gavin Smith, President of Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty. Ltd

Prime Minister's Industry 4.0 Taskforce-Cooperation agreement with Plattform Industrie 4.0 (Germany)

On 25th April 2017 the Prime Minister's Industry 4.0 Taskforce signed a cooperation agreement with Plattform Industrie 4.0. This agreement will further cement cooperation and information sharing between our two countries in the area of Industry 4.0, including the development of global Industry 4.0 standards. The agreement fulfils a recommendation by the Australia-Germany Advisory Group to increase collaboration on digital transformation. The agreement also forms part of the broader cooperation between Australia and Germany on science and innovation.

Solar Panels

Joint Deciaration of Intent on the Energy and Resources Working Group between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany

Rainer Baake State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and Gordon de Brouwer Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Energy signed a Declaration of Intent to establish an Australia-Germany Energy and Resources Working Group.
The working group will explore long-term energy strategies in Australia and Germany that create stable investment conditions and increase the energy productivity in both countries, including the diversification of each country's energy supply.

40 Years Scientific & Technological Cooperation

It has been 40 years since Germany and Australia signed a cooperation agreement in science and technology. To celebrate this milestone and their ever growing STC cooperation, Australia and Germany are hosting a number of bilateral events this year. Further details on these events and how to participate can be found here (in German only).
Please find further information in regards to the timetable here.

Database

Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme

A new round of the Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme opens for applications on 4 April 2017.
The Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme is a joint initiative of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany's national agency for the support of international academic cooperation.
The scheme supports exchanges of early career researchers between Australia and Germany.
Since the first round in 2015
this scheme has funded 172 collaborative projects at a total investment by the DAAD and Australian universities of around AUD 6 million.
Please find further information here .

Blaues Informationsschild

One-time payment to former Soviet prisoners of war in recognition of their treatment in German detention

The German Bundestag decided on 21 May 2015 that former Soviet prisoners of war should receive a symbolic payment in recognition of their treatment by the National Socialist regime. Members of the Soviet armed forces who were detained as prisoners of war by Germany in the Second World War (during the period from 22 June 1941 to 8 May 1945) may receive a one-time payment in the amount of €2,500.
Applications must be submitted to the Bundesamt für zentrale Dienste und offene Vermögensfragen (BADV), DGZ Ring 12, 13086 Berlin by no later than 30 September 2017.
For further information please see the link below.

Internships in Australia?

German students should check out "Study and Work" which also has some offers in Australia  - click here .

Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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Germany intends to become inclusive: With the National Action Plan to Implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Federal Government of Germany is setting a process in motion which will exert a major influence in the next ten years not only on the lives of persons with disabilities, but on those of everyone in Germany. The idea of inclusion, which is the central guiding concept of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, will change our everyday culture. 

Safe Germany

Young people enjoying summer in the park

Germany is one of the most peaceful countries in the world. It has a stable political system, is rarely hit by natural disasters and is home to hardly any dangerous animals. Click on the following link to find out more about why people like living here: