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As of 1 May 2015 the German Consulate General in Sydney will become the „Centre of Competence” for legal & consular affairs in all Australian states and territories (except for ACT) and the Islands of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Nauru.
The German Embassy Canberra will continue to issue passports and travel documents and will process name declarations and birth registrations for applicants residing in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Furthermore it will still certify copies and signatures and issue consular certificates.
All consular services provided by the offices of the Honorary Consuls will remain the same.
For more detailed information about the change of jurisdiction and the new allocation of competences please read on here.
The Embassy in Canberra will remain closed on 27 April and 1, 14 and 25 May.
The emergency contact number is: +61 (0) 417 497 503
The Consulate General in Sydney and the Office of the Honorary Consul in Perth will remain closed on 14 and 25 May.
The emergency contact number is: +61 (0) 412 359 826
Opening hours of the German Missions in April and May 2015
German presidency of the G7
Germany assumed the presidency of the G7 at the G7 summit in Brussels at the beginning of June 2014. On 7 and 8 June 2015, Germany will host the meeting of the heads of state and government. The summit will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to make progress on new topics in the international context.
Further information is available on the following websites:
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement on the 13th of April in response to news that Günter Grass had passed away: In Günter Grass, Germany has lost one of its true greats today.
Death of Günter Grass
The deputy spokeswoman of the Federal Government Christiane Wirtz informs:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott have established the Germany-Australia Advisory Group.
In order to strengthen bilateral cooperation and a common understanding on important issues regarding the Asia-Pacific region the group will make recommendations to both governments later this year.
The Advisory Group will be led by the Minister of State of the Federal Foreign Office, Professor Maria Böhmer and the Australian Finance Minister, Mathias Cormann.
The group is composed of German and Australian members, 15 in total, with a background in politics, economics, science and culture. The first meeting will take place in Berlin in July 2015.
Implementation of a Germany- Australia Advisory Group
The Audi Festival of German Films is bringing fifty new German-language films to Australia this May, sure to thrill audiences with an exhilarating program of features, shorts and documentaries in addition to exciting special guests from Germany. In its 14th annual season, the festival will showcase the incredible breadth, dynamism and creativity of the German film industry.
Audi Festival of German Films
"CLAIMS CONFERENCE REACHES AGREEMENT WITH GERMAN GOVERNMENT TO FORMALLY ACKNOWLEDGE SPECIAL NEEDS OF JEWISH CHILD SURVIVORS OF THE HOLOCAUST"
The fund is expected to become operational on January 1, 2015, and details will be made available after approval by the German Bundestag and the Claims Conference."”
$250 Million Child Survivor Fund Established
iMOVE: Training - Made in Germany
iMOVE is an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to promote and facilitate global business and co-operation between German training providers and international public and private organisations. iMOVE is a section of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, providing collaboration opportunities and helping to establish contacts with high-ranking officials and individuals from the education sector.
Please check the iMOVE website for more information
The special issue of DE Magazin Deutschland on the subject “Remembrance and commemoration” focuses on three anniversaries in 2014. The First World War broke out 100 years ago. The Second World War began 75 years ago. The fall of the Wall 25 years ago was the first step on the path to German reunification. Essays by and interviews with renowned historians and political scientists analyse the events and their effects on the present. Young people from Europe, the United States and Israel describe how they feel about these historical events and why they actively support their commemoration.
Remembrance and commemoration – First World War, Second World War, fall of the Wall