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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: http://dfat.gov.au/geo/spain/, and http://dfat.gov.au/geo/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'.
Foreign and trade policy priorities
The Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Trade & Investment highlight the Australian Government's foreign and trade priorities in this short video.
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Australia and Spain sign Work and Holiday visa arrangement
The reciprocal Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement between Australia and Spain came into effect on 23 November 2014. This visa enables Spaniards and Australians aged 18–30 years to travel to each other's country for one year and undertake short-term work and study. There will be 500 places available for each country per programme year. Eligible young adults from Spain and Australia can now apply for this visa.
Information for Spaniards wishing to apply for the visa can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website (www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/462.aspx). As you will see from this link, applications must be made in writing to the Australian Immigration Office in Berlin.
Australians wishing to apply for the visa should consult the website of the Spanish Embassy in Canberra: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Embajadas/CANBERRA/en/InformacionParaExtranjeros/Pages/Youth-Mobility-Programme-visa.aspx and http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Embajadas/CANBERRA/en/Embajada/Pages/Youth-Mobility-Programme.aspx
Nueva Economia Forum: On 10 July 2014 Ambassador Hardy presented a speech in Madrid at the Nueva Economia Forum on "Economic Growth and the G20. How will we deliver?" You can read it here.
ANZAC Day 2014: On 25 April 2014, Wing Commander Andrew Harrigan, Resident Project Team Leader for the MRTT Project in Getafe, gave an address at at the ANZAC Day dawn service in Madrid. You can read it here.
Elcano G20 speech: On 9 April 2014 Ambassador Hardy presented a speech at the Real Instituto Elcano on Australia's hosting year for the G20. You can read it here.
US Navy League: On 29 January 2014 Ambassador Hardy spoke at the US Navy League dinner on the Australian view of the Asia-Pacific and Strategic Partnerships. You can read it here.
Australia Day 2014: On 27 January 2014, at the Embassy’s reception to celebrate Australia Day, Australia’s Ambassador to Spain, Jane Hardy, presented a speech highlighting the close and growing relationship between Spain and Australia. You can read it here. At the reception the Embassy was delighted to have the Spanish Chief of Navy, Sr. Almirante General Jaime Muñoz-Delgado y Díaz del Río, give a toast to the Australian people.
Executive Forum 2013: On 10 May 2013 Australia's Ambassador to Spain, Jane Hardy, presented a speech entitled 'Europe and the Asian Century' to business leaders and government officials at the Executive Forum in the Westin Palace Hotel. She was honoured to be introduced by Marques Juan Miguel Villar Mir (president of OHL) and to have Spain’s Secretary of State for Defence, Pedro Arguelles Salaverria, and Ernesto de Zulueta, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director-General for North America, Asia and the Pacific, in the audience. Click here to see her presentation.
The Royal Australian Navy’s helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac visited Ferrol last month, as part of her NORTHERN TRIDENT 2015 deployment.
ANZAC’s visit to Spain was significant as the enduring relationship between the Spanish Armada and the Royal Australian Navy continues to strengthen and deepen. In addition to the Canberra Class LHDs, Australia and Spain are collaborating on Australia’s Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD’s), amphibious landing craft, and Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft programs.
During the visit, Anzac co-hosted an official reception with the Australian Ambassador to Spain, and conducted ship tours for Spanish military and industry personnel. Anzac’s visit provided an important opportunity to demonstrate the increased sensor and weapons capabilities provided by her recent Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade, which is built around an Australian design by CEA Technologies.
Anzac’s detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band provided a public performance in the Centre of Ferrol with a crowd of more than 100 people gathering to enjoy the entertainment.
To conclude ANZAC’s visit to Spain, the ship joined F-100 Frigate SPS Almirante Juan de Borbón off the Spanish coast and participated in training exercises. These included officer-of-the-watch manoeuvres, boat operations and helicopter operations, with Anzac’s embarked AS350BA Squirrel cross-decking onto Almirante Juan de Borbón – one of the first times that an Australian Navy helicopter has landed on a ship of this class.
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