Book of Condolence

Concerning  the tragic crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525 in the French Alps on 24 March 2015 with the loss of all lives on board a Book of Condolence will be open for signature at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany at 119 Empire Circuit, Yarralumla, ACT 2600

-       on Thursday, 26 March 2015 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and

-       on Friday, 27 March 2015 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon


Press Release - Foreign Minister Steinmeier Responds to Plane Crash in Southern France

Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin on 24 March: We have just heard the dreadful news that a plane belonging to a German airline has crashed in southern France. We immediately set up a crisis unit which is now working to establish the details of what happened. We are liaising closely with the French authorities. The Federal Foreign Office has set up a helpline to take telephone calls relating to the disaster: 030 5000 3000.

Germany's Foreign Minister Steinmeier at Carnegie Europe

"Think European – Act European"

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended an event at the Carnegie Europe think tank in Brussels on 16 March, where he discussed with European citizens the outcome of the Federal Foreign Office's Review 2014, Europe, and European foreign policy.

Logo The Bobs 2015

Deutsche Welle boosts The Bobs international online award

Deutsche Welle (DW) launches its renowned international contest "The Bobs - Best of Online Activism" with a new approach. The focus is now on the "Freedom of Speech Award."

right to left: Deputy Consul General Anne-Kirsten Wohlleben, Graham McLaughlin (Deputy Mayor of the Wingecarribee Council), Colin Gelling (chair for the committee, German Internment River Walk Berrima), Lyn Hall (curator of the exhibition and the walk) and other committee members

Inauguration of the German Internment River Walk Berrima

On 1st March 2015 the German Deputy Consul General Anne-Kirsten Wohlleben officially inaugurated the “German Internment River Walk Berrima” as part of a celebration with numerous invited guests.

Press Release No 02/2015, 19/02/2015

THE GERMAN GRANT FOR JOURNALISM 2015 For 25 years, the German Embassy in Canberra, in co-operation with the National Press Club of Australia, has been offering the annual “German Grant for Journalism”. The purpose of the prize is to encourage Australian journalists to present issues pertaining Germany to Australian audiences. This year’s topic for the project is: “Cities of the future".

Energiewende-Konferenz März 2015

Energy Transition Conference in Berlin 26/27 March 2015

For the first time, the German Government and the German Renewable Energy Federation, together with its sectoral associations, are hosting the conference “Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2015 – towards a global Energiewende”.

Ensemble Nobiles – music making in the finest German choral tradition

In the tenth concert year Ensemble Nobiles is looking forward to sing concerts and to give workshops all around the world, especially in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. All five ensemble members originally sang in the St Thomas Boys Choir in their hometown Leipzig/Germany and are currently winning prize after prize. The ensemble's flawless intonation is as convincing as its musical culture and choice of pieces. Nobiles concerts are an alternative for usually choir concerts for those seeking fresh repertoire, both old and new, from the Renaissance to the present day. Melbourne, Brsibane, Canberra, Sydney (08 March - 17 March).

Anne Frank (Aufnahme aus dem Jahr 1945)

Let Me Be Myself – the story of Anne Frank

The World Premiere of the new Anne Frank travelling exhibition The embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany are proud sponsors of the new Anne Frank travelling exhibition. The exhibition will be shown at the National Jewish Memorial Centre in Forrest (Canberra, ACT) from 5 February till 31 March 2015.

Waiting for rations, Torrens Island, 1915

Interned: Torrens Island, 1914-1915

In August 1914 war broke out across Europe. Within months, hundreds of men were interned on Torrens Island, in the Port River estuary north-west of Adelaide. Sailors taken off enemy ships, Germans and Austrians living in South Australia, and even some naturalised British subjects found themselves behind barbed wire. Once on Torrens Island, the men became prisoners of war, out of sight and under guard. They had no idea how long they would be held, and wartime censorship suppressed details of their detention. It was only years later that the brutal behaviour of the camp’s commandant was revealed. Observations of camp life survive in the compelling photographs of Paul Dubotzki and the diary of professional boxer Frank Bungardy. They are brought together in this new exhibition at the Migration Museum, one which tells the little-known story of Torrens Island internment camp and offers another perspective on the South Australian experience of the First World War.

نصب تذكاري لضحايا الهولوكوست

$250 Million Child Survivor Fund Established

"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."”


International Competition on Planetary Urbanism

The Federal Foreign Office supports a competition on information design awarded by ARCH+ Journal for Architecture and Urbanism.
Are you studying architecture? Do you work in geosciences, urban planning or economics? Or are you a designer with an interest in information technologies? If you are interested in urbanisation and new technologies, please register with ARCH+ by 30 April 2015 and send in your submission:

International competition in the context of the UN-Habitat III Conference PLANETARY URBANISM –  CRITIQUE OF THE PRESENT In the medium of information design

The Federal Foreign Office supports projects around the globe that enhance knowledge about climate change, its causes and consequences. Our focus is on countries that are key actors in climate change, as well as on countries that are particularly challenged by climate change.
The international competition Planetary Urbanism is one of our worldwide projects. It is designed to encourage decision makers, students and citizens to rethink urbanisation, thus creating awareness of climate change in the context of urban living and possibly providing solutions.
The competition is awarded by ARCH+ Journal for Architecture and Urbanism and consulted by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU).
Registration is open from 1 December 2014 to 30 April 2015 on the ARCH+ website. Submissions must be received by 31 May 2015. The prize money is 20,000 Euro. For further information please see:

Studierende mit Laptop

Working, training and studying in Germany

Germany is an attractive immigration destination. This country is open to qualified professionals, students and researchers moving here from all over the world. 

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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:

Zeitschrift Deutschland

Remembrance and commemoration – First World War, Second World War, fall of the Wall

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.

Consulate Finder

Two German Missions and ten Honorary Consuls throughout Australia offer consular services. Each Mission covers a specific geographic region. To find out which Mission can assist you, what the hours of operation are and how to reach it please use our interactive Consulate Finder.


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