The Bahamas country brief
Historical, social and sporting links.
Pursuit of common interests in multilateral fora and the Commonwealth.
Export and investment opportunities exist for Australian businesses, particularly in tourism and related supplies and services.
Australia and The Bahamas established diplomatic relations in 1974.
Australia's High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago is accredited to The Bahamas and Australia maintains an Honorary Consul in Nassau.
The Bahamas does not have official diplomatic representation in Australia. The relationship is managed through its Beijing Embassy.
The Bahamas is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and other regional organisations, including The Association of Caribbean States. It is a member of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) grouping, which includes small island states in the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Australia and The Bahamas are members of the Commonwealth, the WTO and the UN. As at October 2019, Australia and The Bahamas are jointly serving on the Human Rights Council, International Maritime Organziation Council and International Telecommunication Union Council.
- Bahamian visitors to Australia (2018 Dept of Home Affairs) – 400
- Australian visitors to the Bahamas (primary destination 2018 Dept of Home Affairs) – 600
- Resident Australian population born in the Bahamas (2016 Census) – 250
- Australian residents of Caribbean Islander descent (2016 Census) – 3,650
- Bahamian work and holiday makers (2018 Dept of Home Affairs) – N/A
- Bahamian students in Australia (2018 Dept of Education) – <5
Australian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago
High level engagement
July – Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met The Bahamas Foreign Minister Darren Henfield at the 38th CARICOM Summit in Grenada.
The Australian Government supports Australian investors in The Bahamas by providing support and advice on political, economic and regulatory environments.
Further economic and trade information can be found in our Economic Factsheet for the Bahamas.
Austrade aims to attract foreign direct investment into Australia. It also identifies market opportunities and promotes the capabilities of Australian exporters and education providers.
Agreements with The Bahamas
See Smartraveller for information on travelling to the Bahamas.