Peru country brief
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Positive relationship which has expanded quickly in recent years.
Mining and energy sectors, education and people-to-people ties. The relationship between Australia and Peru has expanded quickly in recent years
One of the fastest growing economies globally for two decades. Key areas of interest include mining and energy, education, tourism and people-to-people links.
Australia and Peru formally established diplomatic relations in 1963. Australia has an Embassy in Lima.
Peru has an embassy in Canberra and a consulate in Sydney.
Australia and Peru are members of the Cairns Group, IMF, IMO, World Bank, World Trade Organisation (WTO), and APEC (which Peru hosted in 2008 and 2016). Australia and Peru are members of the United Nations (UN) and many UN organisations.
Peru is a member of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Andean Community of States and the Organisation of American States (OAS) and Pacific Alliance.
Peru participates in the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC).
Peru has Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Australia, the United States, Canada, the European Union, China and many other countries, and is a member of the Andean Community Customs Union.
- Peruvian visitors to Australia (2019 Dept of Home Affairs) #
- Australian visitors to Peru (primary destination (2019 Dept of Home Affairs) # *
- Resident Australian population born in Peru (2016 Census)
- Australian residents of Peruvian descent (2016 Census)
- Peruvian Working Holiday Makers visas granted (2019 Dept of Home Affairs)
- Peruvian students in Australia (2019 Dept of Education)
# This data is owned by Home Affairs. It provides quarterly updates to this data on its website.
* Peru reports the number of Australian visitors as 41,347 in 2019.
High level engagement
2018 September –Australian parliamentary delegation visited Peru.
2018 February – Peru's Minister for Foreign Trade and Tourism, Mr Eduardo Ferreyros, signed the Peru-Australia FTA (PAFTA) in Canberra.
2017 May – Peru's Minister for Foreign Trade and Tourism, Mr Eduardo Ferreyros visited Australia.
2016 November – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo attended APEC in Lima.
Agreements with Peru
- In progress Pacific Alliance FTA (under negotiation)
- 2020 Peru-Australia FTA
- 2018 Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)
- 2017 Air Services Agreement (undergoing treaty process)
- 2017 Work and Holiday Visa (WHV)
- 2017 MoU on Water Cooperation
- 2016 MoU on Education
- 2011 MoU on Political Consultations and Cooperation and Development Cooperation
Alumni of Australian institutions are active in Peru through the Australian Embassy’s Australia Global Alumni network and the Peruvian Alumni of Australia Association.
Through the Direct Aid Program, the Australian Government provides financial support to a range of projects in Peru. In 2019-20, the Direct Aid Program supported projects focusing on women´s economic inclusion, water management, elimination of gender violence and women in STEM. The program also supported projects aimed at alleviating the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Council on Australia-Latin America Relations (COALAR) provides grants to enhance Australia's economic, political and social relations with Latin America. In 2019-20 they provided grants for the development of trainers in vocational training institutes, enhancing trainer professional skills in an applied learning/research context.
Through the Pacific Alliance and ASEAN, Australia has delivered a series of technical workshops to improve education quality standards in Peru and the region.
Peru’s fast-growing economy is one of Latin America’s top performers.
The Peru-Australia FTA (PAFTA) entered into force on 11 February 2020. It ensures Australia is well placed to share in Peru’s economic growth, providing opportunities for Australian business.
Peru, with Australia, is a signatory to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Australia and Peru will share in the benefits this ambitious regional agreement will provide.
Australia is negotiating an FTA with the Pacific Alliance comprising Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
Further economic and trade information can be found in our Economic Factsheet for Peru and the Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement portal. The Australian Government supports Australian investors in Peru by providing support and advice on political, economic and regulatory environments.
Further economic and trade information can be found in our Economic Factsheet for Peru.
Peru's open investment regime and abundance of natural resources make it an attractive investment destination, particularly in the extractive sectors. The expanding tourism sector has also seen Australian investments.
Australia's commercial presence in Peru has increased significantly, with nearly 90 Australian companies now represented in Peru and over $5 billion invested.
Austrade’s Lima Office provides services to Australian companies looking to expand their business in Peru and promotes the Australian education sector.
Austrade aims to attract foreign direct investment into Australia. It also identifies market opportunities and promotes the capabilities of Australian exporters and education providers.
See Smartraveller for Information on travelling to Peru: smartraveller.gov.au .
Australian Embassy in Peru
Av. La Paz 1049, Piso 10
Miraflores, Lima 18, Perú
Tel: +51 1 630 0500