Bilateral relations

Kazakh-Australian relations

Kazakhstan and Australia established diplomatic relations on June 22, 1992.

The Australian Embassy operated in Kazakhstan from 1995 to 1999.

The Consulate of Kazakhstan in Australia operated from 1996 to 2003.

On June 28, 2019, Graeme Meehan was appointed the Ambassador of Australia to the Russian Federation and part-time in Kazakhstan.

Starting from November 2009, Jason Stirbinskis, Managing Director of Drake Resources was appointed the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Perth, Western Australia.

On August 6, 2014, Andrew Fernyhough, President of Australasia Pacific Pty Ltd was appointed the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Melbourne.

On November 18, 2014, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan signed a Decree on the opening of the Consulate General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Sydney.

Political cooperation

In December 1996, the first official visit of the President of Kazakhstan,
N. Nazarbayev to Australia took place, laying the foundations of a political dialogue and setting priorities for bilateral cooperation.

The first bilateral political contacts between the countries were established during the visit of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, S. Tereshchenko to Canberra in July 1993, as well as the visit of the Governor-General of Australia B. Heyden to Kazakhstan in April 1994.

On December 1-2, 2010, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia,
K. Rudd, participated in the OSCE Summit in Astana. In June 2011, Minister of Foreign Affairs K. Rudd visited Astana to participate in the 38th Ministerial Council of the OIC.

In August 2012, members of the Australian Parliament, C. Dowd, G. Jenkins, and G. Evans took part in the International Conference “From the Prohibition of Nuclear Tests - to a World Free of Nuclear Weapons".

In April 2012, during the first inter-ministerial consultations in Astana participants discussed issues of bilateral relations of mutual interest.

On September 1, 2014, in Samoa, within the framework of the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, E. Idrisov had a bilateral meeting with the Head of the Foreign Ministry of Australia G.Beshop.

On March 27-28, 2015, within the framework of the Boao Forum for Asia (PRC), Prime Minister of Kazakhstan K. Massimov held a bilateral meeting with the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, director of the Institute of Australian-Chinese Cooperation Bob Carr.

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

On April 8-13, 2016, the Commissioner of “EXPO-2017" R. Zhoshybaev visited Australia in order to strengthen bilateral cooperation and promote the exhibition.

On November 6-11, 2016, the delegation of the Ministry of Investments and Development of Kazakhstan (MID), headed by the Chairman of the Committee on Geology and Subsoil Use A. Nadyrbaev visited Australia to take a part in International Mining and Resources Conference.

On February 28, 2017 in the frames the annual UN session on human rights in Geneva, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan K. Abdrakhmanov had a meeting with the Minister for International Development and Pacific Affairs of Australia, K. Fierravanti-Wells.

On May 26, 2017, the next Kazakh-Australian political consultations at the senior officials level of the foreign ministries were held in Astana.

Trade and economic cooperation

According to the State Revenue Committee of the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan, the total trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Australia for 2019 amounted to 51.4 million US dollars. Kazakhstan's export to Australia resulted in 6.2 million US dollars, while Australian import amounted to 45.2 million US dollars.

The main export goods are civil passenger planes, sulfates, alum, chromium trioxide, zinc, ferroalloys, ferrous metal products, natural sand, power plants, etc. Imports from Australia consisted of mining equipment (frontal single-bucket loaders, dump trucks, wheel tires, sorting equipment, jacks, lifts, loaders), pumps, axial fans, braking devices, hearing aids, medical devices, milk fats, etc.

82 legal entities, branches and representative offices with Australian participation were registered in Kazakhstan, 49 of which are active.

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

Cultural and Humanitarian Cooperation

The Consulate General of Kazakhstan has 289 citizens of Kazakhstan registered in Australia, 38 people are studying at Australian universities.

Legal base

On December 12, 1996, Kazakhstan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding, friendship and cooperation.

On May 7, 1997, the Government of Kazakhstan and the Government of Australia signed an Agreement on economic and trade cooperation.

In accordance with the Decree of the Government of Kazakhstan No. 838 dated December 23, 2016, a visa-free regime was introduced for citizens of OECD countries, including Australia. From January 1, 2017, Australian citizens can enter, leave and transit through Kazakhstan without visas for up to 30 calendar days from the moment of crossing the state border.

Created at : 11.03.2020, 17:00, Updated at : 17.01.2018, 17:00