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Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Spain. Here you will find advice on a range of consular services available to Australian citizens and other practical information on matters such as trade and visas. This site can direct you to an extensive array of information online about Australia and the Australian Government.
The Australia-Spain relationship is close and multi-faceted. Our two governments consult and collaborate on a broad range of bilateral and international issues. Our shared democratic values and commitment to global peace and security are the basis for this collaboration. A key element of the bilateral relationship is defence and defence materiel. Spanish companies have won significant defence construction contracts and cooperation between the Royal Australian Navy and the Armada has grown especially close.
Commercial opportunities in Australia have attracted the entry into our market of nearly 100 Spanish firms in recent years. Spain’s construction, transport, IT and other world-class skills have enabled many to achieve commercial success. Australian firms are taking an increasing interest in Spain, with a growing number of investments, notably in financial services, software and mining. The embassy provides trade services through Austrade.
The beauty and cultural wealth of Spain attract more than 200,000 Australian tourists each year. Increasing numbers of young Spaniards are visiting and living in Australia for work and pleasure.
If you wish to learn more about Australian foreign and trade policy, or our bilateral relationships with Spain, Andorra or Equatorial Guinea, to which the Embassy is also accredited, you are encouraged to explore the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website about Spain and Andorra.
All Australians travelling or living in Spain, Andorra or Equatorial Guinea are recommended to regularly check the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Travel Advice. This Advice can be found through the link on our site under 'Services for Australians'.
The Australian Government funds two new projects in Equatorial Guinea
The Australia Government is contributing funding through its Direct Aid Program (DAP) to two development projects in Equatorial Guinea. The first project aims to increase awareness and understanding of the transmission of infections through water by providing equipment and training for students and is in partnership with the Complutense University of Madrid and the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE). The second project is in partnership with Desarrollo 2000 and contributes funding to a successful existing agribusiness project in Kuche aiming at reducing reliance on food imports by providing training to agricultural students from the Escuela de Capacitación Agraria de Bata.
Chargé d'Affaires a.i. Timothy Kane visits El Economista
On 15 February, Chargé Kane visited the well-known Spanish newspaper El Economista. Mr Kane spoke about the Australian economy, our interest in strengthening our economic links with Spain and the conclusion of an EU-Australia free trade agreement being a priority.
The Embassy celebrates Australia Day 2018 at the Casino de Madrid
Representatives from the Spanish Government, companies, community and cultural organisations, and the diplomatic corps joined Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Timothy Kane to celebrate Australia Day 2018 in the royal room of the Casino de Madrid.
Chargé d'Affaires a.i. Timothy Kane presents on Australia's human rights policy at the University of Barcelona
Chargé Kane presented on Australia’s human rights policy, especially in relation to Australia’s inaugural term on the UN Human Rights Council from 2018-2020, at the Centre for Australian and Transnational Studies and the European Association for Studies of Australia’s Biennial Conference at the University of Barcelona on 27 January 2018.
Chargé d'Affaires a.i. Timothy Kane speaks at a working breakfast organised by CincoDías
Chargé Kane spoke about the possibilities that the Australian market offers Spanish construction and infrastructure groups during a working breakfast recently organised by Cinco Días. Click here for more information.
Reception for the members of the Spanish Diplomatic Academy
Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Timothy Kane hosted a reception at Australia’s official residence for the members of the Spanish Diplomatic Academy, fellow ambassadors and other distinguished guests on 20 December to celebrate the recent edition of Revista Diplomacia, which featured the bilateral relationship between Australia and Spain. Mr Kane was also appointed an honourable member of the Academy.
The Honorary Consul in Barcelona, member of the Order of Australia
Representing the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Timothy Kane officiated at the investiture of Australia’s Honorary Consul in Barcelona, Mr John Stuart Rochlin, as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), at the Australian Official Residence in Madrid on 24 November 2017. Mr Rochlin was awarded his Australian honour “for significant service to Australia-Spain relations through a range of consular, commerce and industry, and tertiary education support roles.” Our Honorary Consul is a very worthy recipient of this prestigious honour. His untiring support for Australians in need of consular and passport services in Catalonia and Aragon is outstanding. Very many congratulations John and thank you for all you do.
Chief of the Royal Australian Navy visits Spain
Chief of the Royal Australian Navy Vice Admiral Timothy Barret AO, CSC, and Chargé d'Affaires a.i. Timothy Kane attended the kell laying of the newest Australian Combat Replenishment Ship 'Supply' on 17 November.
Briefing at the Australian Embassy to the first Spanish rail mission to visit Australia
Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Timothy Kane and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Jennifer Mackinlay hosted a briefing on 7 November for members of the first Spanish rail mission to visit Australia on 24 November to 1 December. The objective of the mission is to provide Spanish rail and related companies with an understanding of current and emerging rail and rail infrastructure opportunities in Australia and for Spanish companies to outline their expertise, technologies and services to Australian public and private sector interests. We welcome this initiative which will hopefully see Spanish rail companies joining their infrastructure and energy counterparts in successfully furthering their business interests in Australia.
ACT Chief Minister visits the Australian Embassy in Madrid
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister Andrew Barr, MLA, recently visited our Embassy to talk to Charge d’Affaires a.i. Timothy Kane about the growing links between the ACT and Spain especially in the renewable energy and infrastructure sectors.
Head of Mission Timothy Kane participates in the inauguration of RMIT Europe's new premises in Barcelona
Head of Mission Timothy Kane participated in the inauguration of RMIT Europe's new premises in Barcelona on 14 September. The important occasion saw Australian university RMIT increase its space threefold to provide more opportunities for research, collaboration with industry, academic exchanges and innovation. RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Martin Bean CBE, RMIT Europe Executive Director Marta Fernandez and Barcelona City Councillor for Enterprise and Tourism Agusti Colom officiated at the event, which was also attended by academics and many others.
Chargé d'Affaires a.i. in Spain Timothy Kane pays his respects to the victims of terrorism
Chargé Kane pays his respects at the makeshift memorials in Barcelona to those who died and were injured in the terrorist attack, which also claimed the life of British-Australian child Julian Cadman. May they rest in peace.
The Australian Government joins forces with Fundación Madreselva to build an inclusive education system in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Using funding provided by the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) Fundación Madreselva recently commenced a project designed to build a more effective and inclusive education system through the provision of training and equipment for teachers in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. More information about this project can be found at the website of Fundación Madreselva.
The Australian Embassy presents the exhibition 'Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route' in Madrid
On the occasion of NAIDOC Week, a time to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the Australian Embassy presents the exhibition 'Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route' in Madrid. The exhibition will be on display in July, starting on 6 July, at Federal Café (Plaza Conde de Barajas 3, Madrid)
Chargé d'Affaires Timothy Kane, the Australia Spain Business Association and RMIT Europe hosts an event in Barcelona
Chargé Kane, the Australia Spain Business Association and RMIT Europe hosted an Alumni and Industry networking event in Barcelona on 29 June. The event brought together alumni of Australian universities, business, government, and community contacts in Barcelona as part of our ongoing celebrations of 50 years of diplomatic relations.
The Australian Embassy hosts a reception to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Spain and Australia
The Australian Embassy recently hosted a reception to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Spain and Australia. More than 200 people joined us on this special occasion at the Teatro Real, Madrid. Australia looks forward to the next 50 years of strong friendship and a continued mutually beneficial partnership.
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Chargé d'Affaires Timothy Kane hosts Spanish Alumni of Australian Universities
Chargé Kane recently hosted Spanish Alumni of Australian universities including past Endeavour Award winners. The discussion highlighted the broad talent among our alumni, their positive experiences in Australia and the international opportunities available to them following study in Australia.
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Chargé d'Affaires Timothy Kane visits the frigate Cristobal Colon in Sydney
Chargé Kane visited Spanish frigate Cristobal Colon stationed in Sydney to see firsthand the strong relationship between the Spanish Armada and the Royal Australian Navy.
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Commemoration of the International Women's Day - 8 March 2017
On the occasion of the International Women's Day, the Australian Embassy hosted a panel discussion with three eminent Spanish business women.
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Chargé d'Affaires Timothy Kane meets with Minister Alfonso Dastis
Chargé Kane and other Asia Pacific heads of mission met in Madrid with Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Alfonso Dastis, to discuss issues of common interest.
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