Bilateral relations

Kazakhstan - Australia

Diplomatic relations were established on 22 June 1992. The Embassy of Australia to the Republic of Kazakhstan operated from 1995 to 1999.

Consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Australia operated from 1996 to 2003.

From 20 June 2008 to 22 April 2016, Baudarbek-Kozhataev, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Singapore was appointed as Concurrent Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Australia.

In November 2015, Peter Tesch, Ambassador of Australia to Russian Federation was appointed as Concurrent Ambassador of Australia to Kazakhstan.

Consulate General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Sydney is working since January 2016.

In November 2009, Jason Stirbinskis, CEO of “Drake Resources" was appointed as Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in Perth, Western Australia.

In August 2014, Andrew Fernyhough is the head of “Australia Pacific Pty Ltd", was appointed as Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in Melbourne, Victoria.

In November 2016, Paul Cohn is the head of Oil and Gas industry group for Central Asia was appointed as Honorary Consul of Australia in Almaty.

Political cooperation

In December 1996 the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan made his first official visit to Australia, which laid the foundation of political dialogue and set the priorities for bilateral cooperation.

The first bilateral political relations between two countries were established during the visits of S.Tereschenko, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan to Canberra in July 1993, and B.Haydento, Governor-General of Australia to Kazakhstan in April 1994.

On 1-2 December 2010, K.Rudd, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia took part in OSCE summit in Astana. In June 2011, K. Rudd visited Astana for attending the 38th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers.

In August 2012, K. O'Dowd, H. Jenkins, and H. Evans, the members of Parliament of Australia took part in the International conference “From nuclear test ban to a nuclear weapon free world".

On 1 September 2014, E.Idrisov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan held a meeting with J.Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia in Samoa as part of UN Third International Conference on Small Developing States.

On 27-28 March 2015, K. Masimov, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan held a meeting with Bob Carr, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia as part of Boao Forum for Asia (PRC).

On 24-25 June 2015, Kazakh-Australian bilateral political consultations were conducted at the level of senior officials of ministries of foreign affairs of the two countries in Canberra.

On 8-13 April 2016, R. Zhoshybayev, the Commissioner of the international exhibition “EXPO-2017" had a visit to Australia aiming to inform members of Australian political community on the process of preparing for the exhibition.

On 6-11 November 2016, the delegation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan headed by Chairman of the Committee for Geology and Subsoil Use A. Nadyrbayev visited Australia to take a part in International Mining and Resources Conference.

On 28 February 2017, H.E. Mr. K.Abdrakhmanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan had bilateral meeting with the H.E. Ms. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific of Australia in the framework of the annual session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

On 26 May 2017, regular Kazakh – Australian bilateral political consultations were conducted at the level of senior officials of ministries of foreign affairs of the two countries in Astana.

Trade and economic cooperation

The total volume of trade between Kazakhstan and Australia amounted to 25.1 million US dollars for the period of January to November 2017. Kazakhstan's export to Australia resulted in 3.9 million US dollars, while Australian import amounted to 21.1 million US dollars.

Main items of Kazakhstani export were: civil passenger aircraft, sulfate, alum, chromium trioxide, zinc, ferro-alloys, ferrous metals, natural sand, power plants and others. Imported goods from Australia were: front-end shovel loaders, dump trucks, tires and tires for vehicles, sorting equipment, jacks, lifts, loaders, pumps, axial fans, braking devices, pumps, hearing aids, medical devices, dairy and other fats.

There are 82 Australian legal entities, branches and representative offices with Australian participation are registered in Kazakhstan out of which 49 are functional.

There are Australian large mining companies such as «RioTinto», «Iluka Resources», «ALS Minerals», «Orica-Kazakhstan» and «Kazakhstan Potash Corporation» which are successfully operating in Kazakhstan.

The legal basis

In order to further attract Australian investments, from 1 January 2017, Australian citizens may travel without visa requirements for up to 30 days from the moment of crossing the border of Kazakhstan.

Created at : 17.01.2018, 17:00, Updated at : 17.01.2018, 17:00