Australian Consulate-General
Hong Kong
Also accredited to Macau

Australia-Macau Relations

Australia-Macau relations

The Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong is also accredited to Macau, representing the Australian Government in Australia-Macau relations.

Around 2500 Australians live in Macau; while around 2000 people of Macanese descent live in Australia.

The Australian Government supports the principle of "one country, two systems", under which Macau enjoys a high degree of autonomy in all areas except in defence and foreign affairs. The Basic Law provides for an independent executive, legislature and judiciary.

Consular services for Macau are provided by the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong.

People to people links

People to people links between Australia and Macau are growing, encompassing education, tourism and cultural exchanges.

In December 2019, Minister Payne announced that the Australia-China Council (ACC) will be replaced by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations. For The new and innovative National Foundation, based in Sydney and in operation from early-2020, works to  further strengthen this important bilateral relationship.

An increasing number of students from Macau are choosing Australia as their English-speaking study destination.

Bilateral Economic and Trade relations

Australia has strong business interests in Macau including in the design, construction, project management and fit-out of casinos, marinas and entertainment projects. The gaming industry has created opportunities for Australian businesses to provide gaming products and services.

Bilateral merchandise trade is modest, but trade statistics may understate the true level of exports from Australia to Macau because there are few direct shipping services and many products, especially food and beverages, which are repacked and trans-shipped via Hong Kong, are not recorded as being of Australian origin.

Investment and trade statistics

Australia and Macau have signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding on immigration cooperation.

More information

More information can be found in the Macau brief.