Opening Hours for the Embassy in September and October 2016

The Embassy in Canberra will remain closed from Friday 30 September until Monday 3 October. In an emergency please call the Consulate General in Sydney on +61 (2) 8302 4900 until 2pm on Friday and on +61 (0) 412 359 826 after hours.

Zwei+Zwei Gespräche Berlin

2+2 equals strong relations: Australian Foreign Minister and Defence Minister visit Berlin

Launch of a new phase in German-Australian relations: Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Defence Minister von der Leyen met their Australian counterparts Bishop and Payne in Berlin on 6 September 2016.

Welcome Message

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.

Reviving arms control in Europe

In a personalized article published on on August 26th German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier argues for reviving arms control in Europe.

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Open Day at the German Foreign Office

From town-hall meetings with Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth, to DJ workshops and classical music – the German Foreign Ministry’s Open Day has a lot to offer curious visitors.

Germany's New Global Role - Berlin steps up

In a personalised article published in the July/August-issue 2016 of "Foreign Affairs"-magazine, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, analyses why Germany has won influence in the global policy.


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.

Kinder einer PASCH-Schule entdecken die Welt

Cultural relations and education policy forum, People on the Move, with Foreign Minister Steinmeier

In the current legislative term, cultural relations and education policy plays a greater role than ever before. In a world that seems to be out of joint, and in which conflicts are increasingly of a cultural and religious nature, the notion that ideological mindsets can only be overcome through differentiation, discussion and collaboration in the fields of culture, education and science is of particular importance.

Facts about Germany

New version of “Facts about Germany” – in 19 languages

“Facts about Germany” has everything you need to know about Germany today. How the political system works. The guidelines that define foreign policy. The special characteristics of the economy. What is new in art and culture. The new website features articles, background information, images, charts, films and lots of other modules. Focussing on these and many other topics, besides – in no less than 19 languages. On top of which, all the “Facts” (incl. the new book for young adults in 9 languages) can be downloaded as an e-paper.

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.