Ireland in Australia
Find out about Ireland’s trade, community, cultural, diplomatic and business activities in Australia.
Ireland’s historical links with Australia are strong and positive.
This is underpinned by extraordinary people–to-people links. Nearly 10% of Australians identify as having Irish heritage, according to the most recent census. This equates to roughly 2.5 million people.
Although separated by a distance of over 15,500km, our vibrant diaspora communities foster close ties between our countries.
They also support the strengthening of our economic links and shared values. Currently, the number of Irish temporary visa holders in Australia stands at around 27,000. This number exceeds pre-Covid levels.
Bilateral economic relations
Ireland has strong economic relations with Australia, with total trade exceeding A$160 million.
Australia hosts a growing set of Irish companies. 300 Irish companies export goods to Australia, and 120 have an in-country presence.
In 2021, Australia was Ireland’s third largest services market, after Japan and China.
Australians claim Irish heritage (2022 census)
increase in Irish exports to Australia in the last five years
of Australian goods are exported to Ireland each year
Discover Ireland in Australia
Explore stories that illustrate the shared values, along with deep cultural and social connections between Ireland and Australia.
GAA sports clubs are active across Australia
years ago both countries opened resident Embassies in 1946
Team Ireland in Australia
Team Ireland comprises the Embassy and Consulate of Ireland, Australia, Enterprise Ireland, IDA and Tourism Ireland to promote trade, tourism and investment.
Embassy and Consulate of Ireland, Australia
The Embassy and Consulate work to:
- promote and protect Irish interests in Australia
- strengthen political and economic relationships
- support the Irish community
- advance cultural ties and promote the Irish arts.