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.

Shared values

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.

2.5 million

Australians claim Irish heritage (2022 census)


increase in Irish exports to Australia in the last five years

A$160 million

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.

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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.