Delegation of the European Union to Australia

About the EU Delegation to Australia

17/07/2018 - 13:30
About us - structure and organisation

Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Australia at an exciting time in the EU-Australia relationship. Here you will find detailed information about a vast array of initiatives and programmes that are strengthening and expanding our cooperation; ranging from the recently launched Free Trade Agreement (FTA) talks to the EU’s programmes in education and research that are open to Australian students and researchers.

The EU and Australia share strong bonds. Diplomatic relations were established in 1962, with the opening of the EU Delegation in Canberra in 1981. Our shared values are rooted in common cultural and historical heritage. Together, the EU and Australia are promoting and defending democratic principles, human rights, the rule of law and good governance globally. 

In August 2017 the EU and Australia signed a Framework Agreement which will further build and expand our already rich history of cooperation. The EU and Australia are also strong trade and investment partners and we hope that the FTA talks will help develop this aspect of our relationship to the next level. There are plenty of opportunities to do so: the EU is the world's largest economy, the biggest trade player and major innovation hub.

Throughout this site, you will find useful information and further links about the EU, its institutions, policies and global actions. We invite you to follow the EU and the EU Delegation’s latest news and events through our newsletters and publications as well as our social media sites:

I look forward to your involvement and feedback. Thank you for your interest in the European Union!


Dr Michael Pulch
EU Ambassador to Australia

The European Union is represented in Australia by a Delegation in Canberra which was established in 1981 holding full diplomatic privileges and immunities with the Head of Delegation accorded full ambassadorial status in Australia.

The Delegation is responsible for the conduct of official relations between Australia and the European Union. In all matters pertaining to the European Union, the Delegation works closely with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States. The Delegation is a natural point of contact between the EU and the Australian authorities as well as other interested parties in these countries.

The principal tasks of the EU Delegation in Australia are:

  • To represent the European Union, as appropriate, in Australia.
  • To enhance bilateral relations in the political, security, economic, commercial, environment, social and cultural fields, including new opportunities for cooperation.
  • To inform the EU on political security, economic, trade and development matters in Australia.
  • To promote and protect the EU's interests and values and raise awareness of the EU and its policies particularly among our target audiences in Australia.

We do this by:

  • Making and maintaining contact with key interlocutors across the political, media, economic, commercial, education, environment, social and cultural fields at the federal and state level.
  • Keeping principal players in Australia informed of key developments in the EU.
  • Undertaking public diplomacy activities to promote the EU's interests and engender a better understanding of EU affairs, its policies, purpose and aims.
  • Facilitating the negotiation and implementation of bilateral agreements between the EU and Australia, through appropriate contacts and actions.
  • Seeking to develop and encourage initiatives to promote broadly based cooperation with the aim of strengthening the bilateral relationship.

The Delegation issues news releases and other publications on EU matters with relevance to Australia. The Delegation produces a free fortnightly e-newsletter aimed at an Australian audience with business, political and cultural interest in the EU also seeks to engage with these audiences via social media.

For more, see: Bilateral Relationship

Together with the official representations of the Member States in Australia there are several other organisations which promote relations between the EU and Australia:

Europe Centres: The goal of these Centres is to promote the study of the EU, to increase the understanding of EU-Australia relations, and to encourage and stimulate greater interest in EU affairs across all sectors: academia, government, business and industry, the media and the general public.

There are now four such centres in Australia:

The European Australian Business Council (EABC) is a national body established to promote the business interests of the Member States of the European Union which are represented by Chambers of Commerce and Industry. It is based in Sydney.

There are also many bilateral organisations established to promote business, cultural and academic relations between Australia and the individual Member States of the European Union.


EU Ambassador to Australia

Dr Michael PULCH

Curriculum vitae


Dr Fabio SPADI

Head of Political, Press and Information Section

Human Rights Focal Point


tel: +61 2 6271 2777


Assistant to the Ambassador
tel: +61 2 6271 2731

Mr Cornelis KEIJZER 

Minister Counsellor
Head of Trade and Economic Section
tel: +61 2 6271 2777

Mr Ladislaus HERMANS

Head of Administration Section
tel: +61 2 6271 2777


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