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Barbados country brief

Shared international perspectives, sporting ties and modest trading.

Key engagement

Pursuit of common interests in multilateral fora, particularly the UN, UN organisations and the Commonwealth.

Outlook

Trade and investment opportunities exist in Barbados for Australian businesses, including in oil and gas, transport, tourism and related industries. BHP has acquired rights to explore for offshore gas and oil in South-western Barbados waters.

Bilateral relations

Australia and Barbados established diplomatic relations in 1974. The Australian High Commission in the Caribbean was located in Barbados from 1994 to 2004, when it moved to Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago.

Australia's High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago has non-resident accreditation to Barbados. Australia maintains a resident Honorary Consul in Barbados and Barbados has an Honorary Consul in Sydney.

Foreign relations

Australia and Barbados are members of the Commonwealth, International Maritime Organisation (IMO), World Trade Organisation (WTO), United Nations (UN), UN organisations. 

Barbados is a member of the the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, the Organization of American States (OAS) and other regional organisations.  It is a member of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) grouping, which includes small island states in the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Barbados joined the Commonwealth Blue Charter Coral Reef Protection and Restoration Action Group in 2020, a group Australia co-champions with Belize and MauritiusAustralia's foreign policy is guided by the Foreign Policy White Paper.

Fast facts

Barbadian visitors to Australia (2019 Dept of Home Affairs) #
300
Australian visitors to Barbados (primary destination (2019 Dept of Home Affairs) #
300
Resident Australian population born in Barbados (2016 Census)
370
Australian residents of Caribbean Islander descent (2016 Census)
3,650
Barbadian students in Australia (2019 Dept of Education)
10

High level engagement

  • 2017 January – Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met former Barbados Foreign Minister McClean in Grenada.
  • 2012 January – Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs,  Richard Marles visited Barbados.

Agreements with Barbados

2019 Tax Information Exchange Agreement

Public diplomacy

During the Australian Women’s Cricket team September 2019 tour, the Australian High Commission supported a visit to Barbados. The team presented a signed cricket bat for display in the Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum in Bridgetown.

Australia has supported training seminars for Barbados judges, magistrates and lawyers by Australian Family Court Chief Justice the Hon Diana Bryant AO QC on family law in 2017 and barrister Stephen Odgers SC on the law of evidence in 2018.

Economic diplomacy

The Australian Government supports Australian investors in Barbados by providing support and advice on political, economic and regulatory environments.

Further economic and trade information can be found in our Economic Factsheet for Barbados.

Business

Trade and investment opportunities exist in Barbados for Australian businesses, including in oil and gas, transport, tourism and related industries. BHP has acquired rights to explore for offshore gas and oil in South-western Barbados waters.

Austrade’s Mexico City Office aims to attract foreign direct investment from Barbados into Australia, identifies market opportunities in Barbados, and promotes the capabilities of Australian exporters and education providers.

Austrade

Austrade offices

Australian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago

18 Herbert Street, St Clair, Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago

Tel: +1 (868) 822 5450

General: ahc.portofspain@dfat.gov.au

Facebook: Australia in the Caribbean

Travel

See Smartraveller for information on travelling: smartraveller.gov.au

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