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. Political and business leaders will explore new investment & 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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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
Bundestag election 2017 - Germans abroad
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 met 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:
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
Falling Walls Lab Flyer [pdf, 63.92k]
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.
Exhibition “Jewish Life in Germany Today” launches on the 15 June 2017 in Sydney
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.
Prime Minister's Industry 4.0 Taskforce-Cooperation agreement with Plattform Industrie 4.0 (Germany)
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.
MuOEnergyAG [pdf, 1,074.74k]
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
(in German only).
Please find further information in regards to the timetable
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
From 23-25th May the 16th Business Technology Conference & Exhibition “CeBIT” was held in the very heart of Sydney in the International Convention Center. The CeBIT connects ideas and deeds as entrepreneurs and future visionaries get the chance to find
admirers for their products in the IT technology branch. Whether efforts in digital health diagnosis, self- operating computers and managing systems, advancing processes of e-government- the 16th CeBIT offered a various range of products and services within Industry 4.0. The IT- scene is constantly moving forward and businesses need to adapt the accelerating developments within Industry 4.0.
16th Business Technology Conference & Exhibition “CeBIT” was held in the very heart of Sydney
Does your project support social engagement at the municipal level? Does it help to enhance gender equality? Does it protect the environment or the climate? Does it promote participation on the part o...
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.
One-time payment to former Soviet prisoners of war
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.