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Jamaica country brief

Jamaica country brief

Key engagement

Common interests in multilateral forums, principally the Commonwealth and the United Nations and its organisations.


Trade and investment opportunities exist in Jamaica for Australian businesses. Australian meat, wine and security equipment are popular in Jamaica.

Bilateral relations

Australia and Jamaica established diplomatic relations in 1974 and share a warm and cooperative relationship based on historical, sporting and social ties. We pursue common interests in multilateral forums, particularly support for Small Island Developing State objectives.

Australia is represented in Jamaica from its High Commission in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Australia maintains an Honorary Consul in Jamaica. Jamaica's High Commissioner to Australia is resident in Tokyo, with an Honorary Consul in Sydney.

Foreign relations

Australia and Jamaica are members of the UN, its organisations and Commonwealth. Jamaica hosts the UN International Seabed Authority.

Jamaica is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and other regional organisations.

Foreign Policy White Paper

Fast facts

  • Jamaican visitors to Australia (2017) – 300
  • Australian visitors to Jamaica (primary destination 2017)* – 1,100
  • Resident Australian population born in Jamaica (2016) – 1,000
  • Australian residents of Jamaican descent (2016) – 3,100
  • Jamaican students in Australia (2017) – 30

High level engagement


  • March – then Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met Jamaica's Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson-Smith at CHOGM, London


  • September – Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met Jamaica's Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson-Smith at UNGA Leader's Week, New York.
  • July – Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met Jamaica's Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson-Smith in Grenada.
  • June – Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone, visited Jamaica.


  • January – Parliamentary Secretary Richard Marles visited Jamaica.

Public diplomacy

Through the Direct Aid Program, the Australian Government supports community projects in Jamaica. Recent projects have focused on cervical cancer prevention and control, foot care for people with diabetes, and on-the-job training for the hearing-impaired. A Jamaican foreign service officer took part in DFAT's 2015 International Graduate Program.

Economic diplomacy

Information on our economic partnership can be found in our Economic Factsheet for Jamaica.


See Smartraveller for Information on travelling to Jamaica

Australian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago

18 Herbert Street, St Clair, Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: +1 (868) 822 5450
Facebook: Australia In The Caribbean

*Jamaica reports the number of Australian visitors as 2,600 in 2017 (Jamaica Tourist Board).

Last Updated: 27 June 2019
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