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Brazil country brief

Close relations with strong trade and investment ties.

Key engagement

Trade and investment, education-related services, agriculture and water management, resources and energy, research and innovation, people-to-people links.

Outlook

Opportunities for enhanced economic engagement with Brazil, including in education, ag-tech, energy and resources, and increased cooperation in multilateral fora.

Bilateral relations

Australia and Brazil established diplomatic relations in 1945. In 1946, Brazil opened a legation in Canberra and Australia opened an Embassy in Rio De Janeiro, its first in Latin America. Australia now has an Embassy in Brasilia, a Consulate General in Sao Paulo and an Honorary Consul in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil has an Embassy in Canberra, a Consulate-General in Sydney, and Honorary Consuls in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, and Perth.

Australia and Brazil cooperate on a range of issues of mutual interest such as agricultural trade reform through the Cairns Group and the WTO. People-to-people links are growing rapidly. Brazilians now form the largest migrant group from Latin America resident in Australia

Foreign policy

Australia and Brazil are members of the WTO, IMF, ITU, World Bank, Cairns Group, G20, IMO and United Nations.

Brazil is a member of Mercosur, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa), Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the BASIC group in climate change negotiations (Brazil, South Africa, India, China).

Australia's foreign policy is guided by the Foreign Policy White Paper.

Fast facts

Brazilian visitors to Australia (2019 Dept of Home Affairs)#
57,900
Australian visitors to Brazil primary destination (2019 Dept of Home Affairs) #*
21,300
Resident Australian population born in Brazil (2016 Census)
27,625
Australian residents of Brazilian descent (2016 Census)
21,353
Brazilian Working Holiday Makers (2019 Dept of Home Affairs)
N/A
Brazil students in Australia (2019 Dept of Education)
27,366

#This data is owned by Home Affairs. It provides quarterly updates to this data on its website

* Brazil reported 58,549 entries into Brazil by Australian passport holders in 2019 (Brazilian Federal Police).

High level engagement

  • 2020 May – Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne spoke with Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo (virtual meeting)
  • 2020 January – 41st Cairns Group Ministerial
  • 2019 September – Brazilian Parliamentary delegation visited Australia.
  • 2019 August – Ministry of Infrastructure delegation visit to Australia
  • 2019 July – Secretary of Ministry of Mining visited Australia for LADU
  • 2018 September – Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific Anne Ruston attended the 67th International Whaling Commission Meeting in Florianopolis.
  • 2018 July – Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud visited São Paulo.
  • 2018 April – An Australian parliamentary delegation visited Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia.
  • 2018 March – then Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo visited Brazil.

Agreements with Brazil

  • 2019 – CSIRO-Embrapa MoU on agricultural science cooperation
  • 2018 – MoU on Water Cooperation
  • 2017 – Science, Technology and Innovation Agreement
  • 2016 – MoU with the State of São Paulo on environment
  • 2012 – Australia-Brazil Strategic Partnership
  • 2010 – MoU on Cooperation on Major Sporting Events
  • 2010 – Air Services Agreement

Australian Embassy in Brazil

SES Quadra 801
Conjunto K, Lote 7
Brasilia DF 70200-010
Brazil

Tel: +55-61 3226 3111

General: embaustr@dfat.gov.au

Facebook: Embaixada da Austrália no Brasil

Twitter: @EmbAusBrasil

Instagram: @AustralianoBrasil

Public diplomacy

In 2020, Brazil was the largest source of international students in Australia outside of Asia and fifth largest globally. There are more than 110 active agreements between Australian education institutions and Brazilian governments and institutions. Ongoing engagement with Brazilian alumni in 2019-20 included a virtual alumni leadership conference in June.

In 2019-20, the Council on Australia-Latin America Relations (COALAR) provided grants to the Saltwater Academy Bull Riding School, TAFE Directors Australia, and the Brazil Australia partnership on preventing domestic and gender-based violence to connect and collaborate with people and institutions in Brazil.

Through the Direct Aid Program (DAP), the Australian Government provides financial support to a range of projects in Brazil. In 2019-20, DAP supported projects focused on the COVID-19 pandemic response, poverty alleviation, Venezuelan refugee crisis, Amazon bioeconomy and promoting employment for female ex-prisoners

Economic diplomacy

Brazil is one of Australia’s largest trading partners in Latin America, with two-way merchandise trade of $1,945 million (2019-20). Two way services trade was worth $1,398 million (2019).

Brazil is one of Australia's largest export market in Latin America, including in tourism, travel and education-related services, and accounts for half Australia's direct investment in the region.

The Australian Embassy in Brasilia is focused on promoting investment, trade in goods and services including education services, addressing non-tariff barriers, and increasing science/technology and innovation links.

Further economic and trade information can be found in our Brazil trade/economic fact sheet [PDF].

Business

There are over 75 Australian companies with a presence in Brazil, around one quarter of which are ASX200 listed. Brazil’s large resource-rich economy and growing middle class present growing trade and investment opportunities in areas such as information technology, biotechnology, transportation and logistics, banking and insurance, mining, water and waste-water management, oil and gas, renewable energy, education, tropical medicine, science and technology, ag-tech and agribusiness, retail, tourism, health and medical and infrastructure. Further information is available in the Brazil Market Insight.

Austrade’s Sao Paulo Office aims to attract foreign direct investment into Australia, increase exports from Australia to Brazil and promote the Australian health and medical, agribusiness and education sectors.

Austrade

Austrade offices

Travel

See Smartraveller for information on travelling to Brazil.

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