Australia–Bangladesh relations

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Australia–Bangladesh relations
Map indicating locations of Australia and Bangladesh


Monthly value of Australian merchandise exports to Bangladesh (A$ millions) since 1988
Monthly value of Bangladeshi merchandise exports to Australia (A$ millions) since 1988

Australia–Bangladesh relations refer to bilateral relations between Australia and Bangladesh.


Australia was the fourth country, and the first in the developed world, to recognise Bangladesh's independence in 1971.[1] A high commission was opened in Dhaka and relations have been warm since then.[1]

Trade and investment[edit]

Australian Oil and Gas company Santos is a major investor in Bangladesh's Natural Resources sector.[2] In 2014 trade between the two countries crossed AUD 1 billion mark of which 450 million came from Bangladesh's exports to Australia. Australia enjoying a surplus of AUD 160 million dollar on trade.[3]


High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Australia is Kazi Imtiaz Hossain as of 2015.[4] Previous high commissioner was Lieutenant General (retired) Masud Uddin Chowdhury.[5] VFS Global collects applications for Australian Visa in Bangladesh.[6] In 2016, Julia Niblett was appointed Australian High Commissioner in Bangladesh, preceded by Greg Wilcox.[7]

Defense and security cooperation[edit]

The two countries participate in joint military exercises.[8][9]


The two countries are cricket Test playing nations and regularly compete against each other in tournaments, series and cricket world cup.[10][11]

Human rights[edit]

Australia and Bangladesh are one of the few countries that provide the option of third gender on their passports.[12] Australia Bangladesh Solidarity Network is a human rights organisation working for the garment workers in Bangladesh.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bangladesh country brief". Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia). Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  2. ^ Verrender, Ian; Frazer, Simon. "Santos books $1.6 billion hit after asset writedown". ABC News. Sydney. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Australia-Bangladesh trade grows". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Welcome message". Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  5. ^ Karim, Rezaul. "3 new diplomatic missions soon". The Daily Star. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Apply for VISA to Australia In Bangladesh". Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Message from the Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh". Australian High Commission, Bangladesh. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  8. ^ Hamal, Chadani. "Nepal, US armies to hold joint military exercise". Nepal Republic Media. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  9. ^ "16 nations to participate in India Navy's MILAN 2014". The Economic Times. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Watson leads Australia to victory over Bangladesh". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  11. ^ Lemon, Geoff. "Australia v Bangladesh: World Twenty20 – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Germany allows third gender option on birth certificates". Al Jazeera America. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  13. ^ Small, Jerome. "Murder not tragedy". Red Flag. Socialist Alternative. Retrieved 5 July 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Relations of Australia and Bangladesh at Wikimedia Commons