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Croatia country brief

Key engagement

Promoting the rules-based international order, supporting Ukraine, facilitating trade free trade and cooperating in multilateral organisations, including NATO.  


Increased growth in two-way trade and investment, supported by an Australia-EU trade agreement, and continued development of bilateral links.

Bilateral relations

Australia and Croatia enjoy friendly relations, based on strong people-to-people links. Australia recognised Croatia on 16 January 1992, following its declaration of independence from Yugoslavia on 25 June 1991.

Australia and Croatia marked 30 years of diplomatic relations in 2022.  Diplomatic relations were established on 13 February 1992 and the first Australian Ambassador to Croatia (resident in Vienna) presented credentials the following month. On 21 September 1992, an Australian Consulate was opened in Zagreb. Australia opened the Embassy in Zagreb in October 1999.

Foreign policy

Croatia's foreign policy is focused on its membership of the European-Union, trans-Atlantic cooperation and NATO, and its region.

A member of the European Union since 1 July 2013, Croatia will join the Euro on 1 January 2023 and is in the process of joining the Schengen Area.  Croatia's first term Presidency of the Council of the EU was in the first half of 2020.

Croatia joined the United Nations on 22 May 1992, the World Trade Organization on 30 November 2000, NATO on 1 April 2009.  On 8 July 2022, Croatia officially started negotiations on joining the OECD.

Fast Facts

  • Croatian visitors to Australia (2021 visitor arrivals) – 400
  • Australian visitors to Croatia (2021 resident returns) – 96
  • Resident Australian population born in Croatia (2021 census) – 43,302
  • Australian residents of Croatian descent (2021 census) – 164,362
  • Croatian students in Australia (June 2022) – 13

High level engagement

  • 2017 – Former Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović visited Australia.
  • 2017 – Former Australian Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs Zed Seselja visited Croatia.
  • 2017 – Former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visited Croatia.
  • 2014 – Former Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanović and Defence Minister Ante Kotromanović visited Australia.
  • 2014 – Former Australian Minister for Environment Greg Hunt visited Croatia.
  • 2012 – Former Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Richard Marles visited Croatia.

Agreements with Croatia

  • Social Security Agreement (2004)
  • Extradition (Croatia) Regulations (2004)
  • Air Services Agreement (2013)

Public diplomacy

The Australian Embassy in Zagreb manages a public diplomacy program focusing on showcasing Australian innovation, education, and lifestyle, including arts, sport and culture.

Australian Embassy in Zagreb
Grand Centar 5th Floor,
Hektorovičeva 2
Tel:+385 1 4891 200
Website: Home (

Economic diplomacy

Two-way goods and services trade between Australia and Croatia was valued at $95.4 million in 2021. Imports from Croatia to Australia were valued at $53 million, while Australian exports to Croatia were values at $19 million.

More economic and trade information can be found in the Croatia Country brief.

Austrade's Prague Office, covering Croatia, aims to attract foreign direct investment into Australia and promotes the Australian education sector.  There is expanded interest by dynamic IT Croatian start-ups in Australia.


Austrade's office in Prague

Related links

Smartraveller: Croatia

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