Bilateral political relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and Australia have traditionally been friendly. The important role played by German immigrants from the middle of the 19th century (viticulture in the Barossa Valley) and after the Second World War (Snow Mountains hydroelectric power plant) is appreciated. Economic and scientific relations are strong, but there is room for further improvements (4:1 trade imbalance in favor of Germany). Visits by German tourists give rise to many personal contacts. The Working Holidays programme, which allows around 20,000 young Germans to visit and get to know Australia every year, and the many student exchange programmes, are particularly popular. Some 3,000 German students are enrolled in Australian universities. Under this agreement, the duration of the stay in Germany cannot exceed 90 days, but the number of entries into Germany is not limited. To return to Germany for an additional 90 days, visitors must leave Germany for any other non-Schengen country and can return on the same day. As visitors must be able to document the time spent in Germany, we recommend entry and departure through a German airport to obtain an official entry and exit stamp in their passport. Australia has social security agreements with several countries that deal with the problem of “double coverage” for employees sent overseas.
To benefit from these agreements, Australian employers who send workers overseas must apply for a certificate of coverage from the tax authorities. When applying for a cover certificate, XYZ Bank Limited must indicate that Section 5 of the Addendum applies to Franz-Peter`s circumstances. Authorization to renew a cover certificate is determined on a case-by-case basis. We can only grant an extension by mutual agreement to the competent authority in Germany and in certain circumstances. Shared values and political interests provide a solid basis for trusting cooperation between Australia and Germany, encouraged by a regular exchange of visitors in both directions. In recent years, several German parliamentary and economic delegations have visited Australia. An important milestone in bilateral relations was the Asia-Pacific Conference held in Perth in 2017, jointly inaugurated by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The foreign ministers of the two countries meet regularly on the sidelines of international conferences. .
The amendment began on October 1, 2008. Australia currently has 31 bilateral international social security agreements. Please note that this special regime only applies to your stays in Germany. It will not allow you to stay more than 90 days in other Schengen countries for a period of 180 days, unless they also have a similar bilateral agreement. When applying for a cover certificate, you must indicate which article of the agreement applies to the employment situation. Australia is currently negotiating a free trade agreement with the EU, the conclusion of which will further boost economic exchanges. The German agreement works a little differently from most of the agreements Australia has with other countries. . . .