Dominican Republic country brief
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Shared international and economic interests.
Pursuit of common interests in multilateral fora, particularly the United Nations (UN). Australia has been a key player in development of the Dominican Republic’s mining sector.
Trade and investment opportunities exist in Dominican Republic for Australian businesses, especially in the mining and energy sectors.
Australia and the Dominican Republic formally established diplomatic relations on 22 April 1997.
Australia’s Ambassador in Mexico City holds non-resident accreditation to the Dominican Republic. Australia has an Honorary Consul in Santo Domingo.
The Dominican Republic has a consulate in Adelaide and its Ambassador to the United Kingdom holds non-resident accreditation for Australia.
Australia and the Dominican Republic are members of the World Bank, IMF, World Trade Organisation (WTO) and United Nations (UN).
The Dominican Republic is a member of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, Forum for East-Asia Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC), Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Organisation 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.
It is an observer of the Pacific Alliance.
- Dominican Republic visitors to Australia (2020 Dept of Home Affairs)
- Australian visitors to the Dominican Republic (primary destination (2020 Dept of Home Affairs) # *
- Resident Australian population born in Dominican Republic (2016 Census)
- Australian residents of Caribbean Islander descent (2016 Census)
- Dominican Republic students in Australia (2020 Dept of Education)
# This data is owned by Home Affairs. It provides quarterly updates to this data on its website.
High level engagement
No high level engagement to date.
Agreements with Dominican Republic
2012 - MoU on Australian Volunteers for International Development
In 2020, the Australian Embassy hosted a webinar on Australia’s biosecurity expertise to combat Fusarium wilt in bananas. The event attracted over 180 participants from 13 different countries, including the Dominican Republic.
Through the Direct Aid Program (DAP), the Australian Government supports projects coordinated by civil society, that empower women and girls, and advocate for the rights of indigenous communities, persons with disabilities and LGBTQI+ communities. DAP funds have also been used to help many of these disadvantaged groups recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19. The Australian Embassy in Mexico has hosted a number of webinars in collaboration with sponsored NGOs to highlight the outcomes of these projects. In 2020-21, funding is being provided to support sustainable development and access to potable water for remote and disadvantaged migrant communities on the Haitian border.
The Australian Government assists Australian investors in the Dominican Republic by providing support and advice on political, economic and regulatory environments.
Further economic and trade information can be found in our Economic Factsheet for Dominican Republic.
Austrade aims to attract foreign direct investment into Australia. It also identifies market opportunities and promotes the capabilities of Australian exporters and education providers.
Austrade’s Office aims to attract foreign direct investment into Australia and promotes the Australian education sector.
See Smartraveller for Information on travelling to Dominican Republic: smartraveller.gov.au
Australian Embassy in Mexico
Ruben Dario 55
Mexico City 11580
Last updated: October 2021