Barbados country brief
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Shared international perspectives, sporting ties and modest trading.
Pursuit of common interests in multilateral fora, particularly the United Nations (UN) and the Commonwealth.
Trade and investment opportunities exist in Barbados for Australian businesses, including in oil and gas, transport, tourism and related industries.
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.
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 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 Mauritius.
Australia's foreign policy is guided by the Foreign Policy White Paper.
- Barbadian visitors to Australia (2020 Dept of Home Affairs) #
- Australian visitors to Barbados (primary destination) (2020 Dept of Home Affairs) #
- Resident Australian population born in Barbados (2016 Census)
- Australian residents of Barbadian descent (2016 Census)
- Barbadian students in Australia (2020 Dept of Education)
High level engagement
- 2017 January – Then Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met former Barbados Foreign Minister McClean in Grenada.
- 2012 January – Then Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles visited Barbados.
Agreements with Barbados
The Australian Men’s Cricket team toured the West Indies in June and July 2021 to play three One Day International (ODI) and five Twenty20 International (T20I) matches. All three ODI matches were played in Barbados. The Australian High Commission supported a visit to Barbados. The team presented a signed T-shirt for display in the Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum in Bridgetown.
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.
The Australian Government assists 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.
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.
See Smartraveller for information on travelling: smartraveller.gov.au
Australian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago
18 Herbert Street, St Clair, Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: +1 (868) 822 5450
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