Message from the Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Bangladesh.
It is an honour to have been appointed as Australia's High Commissioner to Bangladesh in July 2016.
Australia was among the first countries in the world to recognise Bangladesh after it achieved independence in 1971. We are old friends, sharing Commonwealth ties, democratic traditions and people-to-people links.
Australia welcomes the continuing growth of its relationship with Bangladesh. Our two-way trade now stands at over $2bn, reflecting Bangladesh’s significant economic growth and our highly complementary commercial strengths.
Almost 30,000 Bangladeshi-born people live in Australia, and the community has been growing strongly in recent years. The personal ties between us, forged by family, business, education — and by our shared love for cricket — are striking.
Australia runs a significant development assistance programme in Bangladesh. Our focus is on education and building economic resilience with a strong focus on women's empowerment and gender equality.
On our website you will find information about Australia’s foreign policy and development programs; trade and investment; visas and immigration; education in Australia; and answers to frequently asked questions.
The website also has consular advice for Australians. I encourage Australian citizens in Bangladesh to register with the Australian Government through Smartraveller.
Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP)
Cultural diplomacy plays a vital role in international relations, offering unique opportunities to foster mutual understanding and build relationships. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) supports cultural diplomacy through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP). Applications are now open. For more information please see the DFAT website (link).