Relations between Türkiye and Australia

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

Türkiye 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. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Çanakkale Battles, 2015 was declared as reciprocal Year of Culture between Türkiye and Australia and various activities were performed in both countries.

Former Australian Prime Minister the Honourable Tony Abbot visited Türkiye on 22-26 April 2015 on the occasion of the centenary commemorations. Former Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull also visited Türkiye on the occasion of the G20 Summit being held in Antalya on 15-16 November 2015 and was received by our President.

Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove visited Türkiye on 3-9 August 2015 to participate in the ANZAC Day commemorations held in Gallipoli. During his visit, General Governor was received by the President of the Republic of Türkiye.

Former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visited Türkiye on 23-25 April 2017 on the occasion of the 102nd Anniversary of the Çanakkale Battles and Anzac Day Ceremonies.

Official visit from Türkiye to Australia at the Presidential level took place in 1989. Then-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye paid a visit to Australia in 1994 and Turkish Prime Minister visited Australia in 2005. Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye paid a visit to Australia in 2016 within the framework of the MIKTA Speakers’ Consultation Meeting.

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

The Turkish community in Australia, which number over 120.000 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. Yunus Emre Institute opened its center in Melburn in 2020.