Message from the High Commissioner

I am extremely proud to be serving Canada and Canadians while living in Australia. Our two countries have many similarities. First and foremost, we are very thankful to be citizens of two of the most respected, safe and freely democratic nations in the world. We consistently poll as the two most desired countries for emigration. We share a long history of social, political, economic and defense ties. Our histories, laws, political structures and traditions have much in common, and we collaborate to great strategic effect on important global issues. Trade and investment continues to grow between Canada and Australia, as do the cultural and personal exchanges we enjoy, including through family connections, tourism, study and research, and the world of the arts. Importantly, Canada and Australia are welcoming, diverse, tolerant and multicultural countries with significant Indigenous populations; and we live in geographically vast and distinct lands. Our continuing prosperity and the qualities of life that we enjoy are very much a function of a strong and inclusive global system anchored in human rights, individual freedom, democracy and the rule of law. In Australia and Canada, we are constantly seeking ways to shape and strengthen the foundations of international governance in order to make the world a better place.

At the same time, we also acknowledge our differences, both subtle and significant. This is a source of learning for both Canadians and Australians. As Pacific nations, we are both confronting similar strategic challenges and working towards common goals for our people. I believe there is much more to be learned from one another in terms of best practices, lessons learned and innovative ways to collaborate to mutual benefit. What can our varied experiences of – or responses to – similar issues tell us about ourselves and each other? How can we learn from our respective successes and challenges? These questions gain special significance when considered against the very different regions of the world we inhabit – geographically, culturally, politically and commercially. That being said, globalization has made the world much smaller, and countries like ours are now neighbours with all nations.

The Canadian High Commission in Canberra and the Consulate General in Sydney work to strengthen the Canada-Australia relationship by encouraging trade and investment, promoting cultural relations, fostering research collaboration, as well as offering passport, visa and immigration services to both Canadians and Australians. The High Commission is also responsible for official relations with the following Pacific Island countries: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Palau, Nauru, and Vanuatu.

Welcome to the website of the High Commission of Canada in Australia. I invite you to explore this website to learn more about Canada’s bilateral relationships with Australia and the Pacific Islands. Here you will find information to assist you in finding investment opportunities with Canada and to discover Canada's exceptional capabilities.

I also invite you to follow me on Twitter at @PaulMaddison7


Paul Maddison

High Commissioner of Canada to Australia


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