Opening Hours for the Embassy in Canberra and the Consulate General in Sydney in May and June 2017

The Embassy will remain closed on 25 April, 5 and 13 June. The Consulate General will remain closed on 25 April, 5 and 12 June. In an emergency please call the Consulate General on +61 (0) 412 359 826. 

Perth APRC

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.
More about the conference

Logo of Green Talents 2017

Green Talents – International Forum for High-Potentials in Sustainable Development

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has held the prestigious ”Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” since 2009 to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas. The award, under the patronage of Minister Professor Johanna Wanka, honours 25 young researchers each year.

For more information please refer to the following flyer or the official website:

#youforG20

#youforG20 – deutschland.de is looking for your project!

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...

Jewish Life Today

Exhibition “Jewish Life in Germany Today” launches on the 15 June 2017 in Sydney

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.

Open Ship on 5 June 2017 in Fremantle

Germany’s high-tech Research Vessel SONNE will dock in Fremantle, WA and is open to the public on 5th June 2017 from 11AM to 3PM. A unique opportunity to visit the ship and join marine scientists from Germany and Australia who will present the ship’s cutting-edge research technology, current research campaigns in the Australian marine environment, and Australian-German marine research cooperation.
Please find further information here

Bundestagswahl 2017

Bundestag election 2017 - Germans abroad

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

Left to right: Patricia (Trish) White, Engineers Australia board member; Henning Banthien, Plattform Industrie 4.0 Secretary General; German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Brigitte Zypries; HE Lynette Wood, Australian Ambassador to Germany; Jeff Connolly, Chair of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce; Gavin Smith, President of Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty. Ltd

Prime Minister's Industry 4.0 Taskforce-Cooperation agreement with Plattform Industrie 4.0 (Germany)

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.

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

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 here (in German only).
Please find further information in regards to the timetable here.

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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 here .

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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.

Double Taxation

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.

Blaues Informationsschild

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.

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 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:

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.

Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

disability icons

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. 

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: