Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany

In a Federal Convention election held in Berlin on 12 February 2017, former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Ambassador Anna Prinz and Malcolm Turnbull

Presentation of Advisory Group Progress Report

Ambassador Anna Prinz had the honour to welcome Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the German Residence on 8 February 2017. The Prime Minister officially received the Progress Report of the high-ranking Australia-Germany Advisory Group.

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The Consulate General Sydney would like to inform you that processing times for passport applications will be delayed temporarily. Please also expect delays in response time to your e-mail enquiries. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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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.

Sigmar Gabriel

The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sigmar Gabriel

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A lot more than the Berlinale – film in Germany

Film has a long tradition in Germany, going back more than 100 years. Germany is an attractive place to produce films, be they blockbusters, domestic or international productions. And it is particularly interesting because of the unique blend of tradition and cutting-edge film-making.

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New Double Taxation Agreement Is In Force

With the official exchange of the instruments of ratifications between Germany and Australia, the new double taxation agreement comes into force from 1 January 2017.

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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.

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Germany for United Nations Security Council 2019-20

Peace, justice, innovation, partnership - these are the things Germany wants to play in the United Nations. That is why we are standing for a seat in the United Nations Security Council 2019/20 - "an organization more important than ever," said Foreign Minister Steinmeier.

A reef knot as the symbol of the G20 summit in Hamburg

Germany’s G20 presidency

Germany will be holding the presidency of the G20 in 2017. The summit of the heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations will be held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. A number of G20 ministers’ conferences are scheduled to take place prior to this. The G20 Foreign Ministers will meet in Bonn on 16 and 17 February 2017. The summit and ministers’ meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to raise awareness of new issues in international affairs.

Further information is available on the following webpages:

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Guardian of our Values: The German Constitutional Court

The German constitution protects the basic rights of every person in Germany. These rights are watched over by Germany’s highest judicial instance, the Constitutional Court.

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.

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:

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.