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The Embassy of Australia in Berlin

Contact

Address: Wallstraße 76-79, 10179 Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0)30 - 880088-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 - 880088-210

E-mail: info.berlin@dfat.gov.au

http://germany.embassy.gov.au/

The Ambassador

Amb. David Ritchie

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Amb. David Ritchie took office in Berlin in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Queensland in German and Literature.

He speaks both German and Italian.

He has a long diplomatic career behind him, as he is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Australia's Ambassador to Italy. He has previously served as Ambassador to Indonesia (2002-2005) and has had extensive experience in Germany, having served at the Australian Embassies in both East Berlin (1981-1983) and Bonn (1975-1978). Amb. Ritchie has been a Deputy Secretary at DFAT since 2001 and was Senior Adviser on International Relations in the Prime Minister's Office (1999-2001).

History

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Australia has a warm and positive bilateral relationship with Germany. Both countries hold a wide-ranging dialogue and have a history of cooperation. Germany ranks among Australia's leading trading partners.

Both countries have a strong and expanding investment relationship.  Germany is a major source of foreign direct investment in Australia and is one of Australia's largest investment destinations. Both countries also have a shared bilateral foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Germany has been a significant source of migrants to Australia. Germans and Australians have wide ranging interest in each other's culture.  Australia is one of the most popular overseas destinations for German tourists and students. The Government is keen to expand existing links with Germany, both in traditional and new commercial spheres.

The year 2012 marked the anniversary of 60 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Australia. To celebrate this event, in 2013, a bilateral visit between the Foreign Affairs Ministers of both countries ended up in the signing of the "Berlin-Canberra-Memorandum of Understanding on a strategic partnership ». Since then, there have been numerous diplomatic visits between the leaders of the two countries.