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South Africa and Australia established diplomatic relations in 1947. As campaigns for international isolation of South Africa intensified in the 1970s and 1980s, successive Australian governments placed Australia firmly in the anti-apartheid camp, supporting UN resolutions against apartheid and implementing the oil, trade and arms embargo as well as sport boycott against South Africa.
After the inauguration of the first democratically elected Government of South Africa in May 1994, relations were normalised and excellent relations are currently enjoyed under the auspices of the biennial Senior Officials’ Meeting between South Africa and Australia.
At present, South Africa and Australia enjoy close political and economic ties spanning trade, education, the arts, science and tourism, not to mention the friendly rivalry on the sporting field.
South Africa is Australia’s partner in important forums such as the G20 and Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), as well as our co-host of the ground-breaking Square Kilometre Array telescope. The two countries share an interest in a peaceful and prosperous region and are committed to working with the countries of Southern Africa as partners.
For more on Australian political history and issues go to the National Library of Australia.
South African Representation in Australia
H E Mr M C J Van Schalkwyk
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
African High Commission
Representation in South Africa
H E Ms G Kamath
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Visa Requirements for South Africans
South African travellers to Australia need visas to enter the country. For more information contact the Australian
High Commission in Pretoria.
If a visitor, during the six days before arriving in Australia, has visited a country declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be infected with yellow fever, a yellow fever vaccination certificate will be required.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Australians have been urged not to travel internationally until they are fully vaccinated. Should a traveller not be fully vaccinated, he / she should follow the CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people.
For further information go to Travellers' Health.
Strict quarantine is applied to prevent the entry into Australia of exotic pests, diseases and weed seeds that could affect plant, animal and human health and the environment. Fines of more than A$100 can be issued on the spot if visitors do not declare items of quarantine concern.
There are generally no great extremes of climate but it is varied because of the size of the continent. The summer temperature range is from 23-26 degrees C north of the tropic of Capricorn to 38 degrees C in the arid plateaus and deserts of the interior. The southern areas are more temperate although subject to wide variations - high rainfall, extreme heat and irregular flooding and drought. Australia is considered to be one of the driest continents on earth.
For further information on Australia's topography and climate, go to AUSLIG - Australia's National Mapping Agency.
For up-to-date weather information go to CNN.com - Weather or Weather Underground.
The monetary unit is the Australian Dollar consisting of 100 cents. The coins are: 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2.
Notes are: $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
exchange rates click here.
Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
South Africa and Australia come together biennially to discuss the status of their bilateral and multilateral relations with one another. This is done through the Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM), i.e. the mechanism by which relations are monitored. South Africa and Australia also hold biennial Trade and Investment Consultations, in order to monitor and encourage economic relations with one another.
If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.
South African products and commodities exported to Australia are concentrated in the following sectors: vehicles, base metals and articles of base metal, chemical products, woodpulp, machinery and mechanical appliances, minerals and animal products.
South African imports of Australian products and commodities are mostly from the following sectors: chemical products, base metals and articles of metal machinery and mechanical appliances, mineral products, vegetable products and leather.
For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Australia, visit the website of the Department
of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.
Groups and Information
SOUTH AFRICAN FRIENDSHIP GROUPS/CLUBS IN AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIA/AFRICA PARLIAMENTARY FRIENDSHIP GROUP
Chair: The Hon Bruce Baird, MP
Parliament House, Canberra
Tel: +61 2 6277 7111
NEW SOUTH WALES PARLIAMENTARY ASSOCIATION
President: The Hon Dr Meredith Burgmann
Parliament House, Macquarie Street, SYDNEY, NWS 2000
Tel: +61 2 9230 2300, Mobile: +61 418 240 763
Fax: +61 2 9320 3316,
SYDNEY-SOUTH AFRICA FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION
Ms Jane Harris / Mr David Thomas
Tel: +61 2 9516 3828, Fax: +61 2 9810 2584
SOUTH AFRICAN FRIENDSHIP GROUP (Sydney)
Mr Lloyd Martin & Mrs Doris Martin
Tel: +61 2 9791 0900, Fax: +61 2 9791 0917 / 9608 0415
SOUTH AFRICAN AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION
4 Radovic Court
Cranbourne, Melbourne 3977
Secretary: Jeanet Wentzel
Tel: +61 3 5996 9474
SOUTH AFRICAN CULTURAL ASSOCIATION
Dr J Sadhai
C/- Scott Street Medical Centre
33 Scott Street, MELTON VIC 3337
Tel: +61 3 9743 1970, Fax: +61 3 9743 4910
AUSTRALIA SOUTH AFRICA BUSINESS COUNCIL (ASABC)
ASABC National Secretariat
National Chairman: Clive Cooke
Tel: +61 7 3369 3900, Fax: +61 7 3367 2862
NEW SOUTH WALES Secretariat
Secretary: Andrea Kroser
P O Box R867
Royal Sydney Exchange
Sydney, NSW 1225, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9233 2133, Fax: +61 2 9233 2155
Secretary: Greg Young
GPO Box 1236, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia
Tel: +61 7 3220 0496, Fax: +61 7 3221 0469
SOUTH AUSTRALIA Secretariat
Secretary: Graham Sutton
198 Greenhil Road, Eastwood, SA 5063, Australia
Tel: +61 8 8406 1662, Fax: +61 8 8221 5543
Secretary: John Larcombe
Livel 10, 459 Little Collin Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9642 1021, Tel: +61 3 9642 8182
WESTERN AUSTRALIA Secretariat
Secretary: Anton Trichardt
Mallesons Stephen Trichardt
P O Box 4019, Wembley, WA 6014, Australia
Tel: +61 8 9269 7000, Fax: +61 8 9269 7999
Secretary: Michael Turner
Main Road, George Town, Tasmania, 7253, Australia
Tel: +61 3 6382 1844, Fax: +61 3 6382 3011
Secretary: Andrew Goodlace
Ground Floor, 55 Blackall Street, Barton, ACT 2600, Australia
Tel: +61 2 6273 7333, Fax: +61 2 6273 7300
NORTHERN TERRITORY: ASABC
Secretary: Chris Delaney
Mobile: +61 (0)411 753 239, E-mail: email@example.com