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
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
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.
The Australia-Germany Advisory Group
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.
Double Taxation Agreement [pdf, 323.73k]
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
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:
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.