Relations between Turkey and Australia

The diplomatic relations between Turkey and Australia were established in 1967. Turkish Embassy in Canberra was opened same year, and the Australian Embassy in Ankara in 1968.

Turkey has two General Consulates in Sydney and in Melbourne, as well as an Honorary Consulate in Brisbane. Australia has a General Consulate in Istanbul and a Consulate in Çanakkale.

The Çanakkale Battles have a special place in the history of relations between the two nations.

The commemoration ceremonies of the Çanakkale Battles are held in Çanakkale on 24-25 April every year with wide participation from Australia. The Centenary of the Çanakkale Battles were commemorated in April 2015 in Istanbul and Çanakkale with participation of representatives from a large number of countries and international organizations.

Former Australian Prime Minister the Hon. Tony Abbot visited Turkey on 22-26 April 2015 on the occasion of the centenary commemorations. During this visit, Turkey and Australia declared a Joint Statement to enhance bilateral cooperation on counter terrorism.

Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove visited Turkey on 3-9 August 2015 to participate in the ANZAC Day commemorations held in Gallipoli.

Turkey and Australia enjoy an efficient cooperation in the UN, G20 and MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, Korea Republic, Turkey, Australia).

The Turkish community in Australia, which number over 150.000 constitutes a bridge of friendship between the two nations.

The Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies of the Australian National University has launched the Turkish Program in 1994. After an interval in 2013-2014 academic year, the Program has begun to accept new students in 2015.

The Turkish-Australian Center at the Çanakkale 18 Mart University was opened in April 2009 by the then Minister of Foreign Affairs Australia Stephen Smith.