Rosh Hashana

Message from Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah 5778

I wish all our Jewish fellow citizens, their families and friends a happy and blessed New Year 5778!

Volkstrauertag 2016

Tatura Remembrance Day

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canberra requests the honour of your presence at a memorial service on Sunday, 19 November 2017, from 11:00am to 12:30pm, at the German War Cemetery in Tatura, Victoria The commemoration ceremony will be held to honour the German and Australian War Dead.


'Climate Change, Risks and Challenges'

In November, about 20,000 politicians, researchers, diplomats and activists will meet at the annual World Climate Conference 2017 in Bonn, Germany to discuss global climate protection. The challenge is how to mitigate climate change and guard against the already existing impacts. However, the responsibility should not be placed solely on politicians, since the international climate diplomacy requires perseverance over years and needs the civil society to build up ambition and momentum.


Falling Walls Lab Australia 2017

During this year’s Falling Walls Lab 2017, held at the Academy of Science’s Shine Dome in Canberra on September 12, Mortaza Rezae won over the jury with his smartphone transport-app for people on the autism spectrum. His prize is a trip to Berlin, where he will participate in the grand finale on November 8 and get the chance to network with experts in his field. Mr Rezae competed against 24 other young researchers from all over Australia and New Zealand.


German Grant for Journalism 2017

The German Embassy is pleased to announce this year’s German Grant for Journalism winner: Ms Jessica Sier from the Australian Financial Review. As this year’s winner, Ms Sier is offered a one week research trip to Germany in the lead-up to the 2017 Federal Election, funded and supported by the German Government. Ms Sier will travel to Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden.

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.
More about the conference

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. Join us for 11 Days packed with Germ...

German Election 2017

Sep 22, 2017 9:39 PM

What you need to know about the German electorate

More than 60 million Germans will be eligible to vote in the 2017 federal election. But how many of these voters are seniors, women, men, migrants? And how many are expected to turn out? DW looks at the electorate.

Sep 22, 2017 9:04 PM

German election polls confirm far-right AfD vying for third place, Merkel ahead

Opinion polls have confirmed the far-right populist AfD's challenge to the Left party for third place in Germany's federal elections. Chancellor Merkel has called on people to vote as concerns about abstention grow.

Sep 22, 2017 2:21 PM

Fearing the AfD, young German activists try to mobilize voters

Campaigns across Germany aim to prevent a political shift to the right by courting young voters. The country?s youth - when they do vote - are not shying from populist politics.

Sep 22, 2017 1:26 PM

German election: Will non-voters decide the outcome?

After the 2009 German election, the 'real' numbers were shown: 29 percent for non-voters (Nichtwähler)

Germany has a huge non-voting population ? like most democracies. In 2009, more people didn't vote at all than voted for Merkel's conservatives.

Sep 22, 2017 11:38 AM

AfD, CDU, SPD: Where do German parties stand on refugees, asylum and immigration?

Asylum and immigration are topics dominating German politics since Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the borders to refugees in 2015. Where do the right-wing AfD and the mainstream parties stand on the issue?

Alexander von Humboldt

Kosmos Humboldt website -

Alexander von Humboldt is seen as the last great universal scholar. The first environmental activist, humanist, world traveller and international cosmopolitan. But what is behind the legend?


Refreshed, mobile and highly interactive – 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 and its social-media channels.


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.

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.


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 .

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An appointment is needed at all missions in Australia. Depending on the mission, the appointment can be made online or over the phone.

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: