Welcome to the page of the Embassy of Portugal in Canberra!
I would like to start by wishing a happy New Year to all our visitors. 2017 will be a year of consolidation and expansion: for the first time in ten years will be apointed a new Economic and Commercial Counsellor, who will be based in Sydney at our Consulate General. Our main tasks will continue to be the promotion of bilateral relations between Portugal and Australia in the political, economic, commercial, cultural and tourism areas. We will continue the close collaboration with the Portuguese Australian Chamber of Commerce (Portrade), established in Sydney in 2013, in order to foster a larger movement of goods and services between the two countries.
Special attention is also given to the Portuguese language policy and external cultural action in line with the Camões Institute for Cooperation and Language (CICL) guidelines, and in collaboration with the Coordination for the Portuguese Language Programs and Education Affairs in Australia (CEPE-AU), also based at the Consulate General in Sydney. Fado will be in our agenda in 2017, as well as other musical events connected to Portugal.
Along with the Consulate General of Portugal in Sydney and the Honorary Consulates in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne and Perth, the Embassy of Portugal oversees the welfare and consular protection of about 50,000 Portuguese people who live in Australia.
For more than two years the Consular Section of the Embassy has made available the Citizen Card and Portuguese Electronic Passport services, in addition to the concession of visas, facilities that have a strong demand by those who live so far away from our homeland.
An additional word to underline the success of the Work and Holiday arrangements for youth mobility between Portugal and Australia. These arrangements allow two hundred young people from each of the contracting parties to travel in tourism and work in the other country, taking the opportunity to deepen their knowledge based on a unique experience, and to contribute to a higher socio-cultural exchange between the two nations.
Let us work together to honor Portugal and serve the Portuguese communities, especially those who live, work or study in Australia, by promoting the hallmarks of Portugal in the twenty-first century.
Paulo Cunha Alves
Ambassador of Portugal