Consolato Generale d’Italia Sydney
The consular network in Australia is composed of two Consulate Generals (Melbourne and Sydney) and three first category Consulates (Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth) whose staff comes from Italy.
Each Consulate is assisted by honorary consular networks, whose functions are very limited and generally assist the consular registry and issue of passports. Honorary consulates cannot issue visas or process citizenship applications. The Consular Chancellor’s Office of the Italian Embassy in Canberra is competent for the Australian Capital Territory, as well as the cities of Queanbeyan and Cooma in New South Wales.
The Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney,
an official body of the Italian government, has as its aim the promotion of Italian language and culture in Australia and New Zealand through the organisation of cultural events fostering the diffusion of ideas in the arts and sciences.
The Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney offers the following services to the Australian public:
- Italian language and culture courses held by suitably qualified, mother-tongue teachers
- two annual examination sessions for attaining the Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language
- a language library which members of the Institute and students enrolled in a language course can use for the consultation and borrowing of books, videos, CDs, DVDs
- Italian newspapers and magazines and an information and documentation service on Italian cultural life.
For concerts, art exhibitions and larger cultural events, the Institute collaborates with the following:
- local art and museum institutes such as the Art Gallery of NSW, the Powerhouse Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Sydney Biennale
- music bodies such as Musicaviva Australia, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
- cultural organisations such as the British Council, the Goethe Institut and the Alliance Française
- Italian university departments located within the jurisdiction and Italian associations such as the Co.As.It., the Dante Alighieri Society and the Italian Forum
and more generally the numerous institutes reliant on the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts and the Sydney City Council.
The Institute actively and regularly participates in the following festivals: the Sydney Festival, the Italian Film Festival and the Sydney Italian Festival in collaboration with the Foreign Trade Institute and the Italian Chamber of Commerce.
Italian Trade Agency
ITA – Italian Trade Agency is the Governmental agency that supports the business development of our companies abroad and promotes the attraction of foreign investment in Italy.
With a motivated and modern organization and a widespread network of overseas offices, ITA provides information, assistance, consulting, promotion and training to Italian small and medium-sized businesses. Using the most modern multi-channel promotion and communication tools, it acts to assert the excellence of Made in Italy in the world. ITA operates through a worldwide network of 79 offices in 65 countries with its Australian office based in Sydney.
The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Australia was established in 1922 with the objective to promote trade and commerce between Italy and New South Wales and, more widely within Australia.
The Italian Chamber of Commerce has helped a countless amount of companies in both Italy and Australia become successful in their business ventures, as well as fostering a range of trade developments. The Italian Chamber is at the forefront of business both in Australia and in Italy, offering a wide range of services to members and non-members and assist in trade and investments in both directions.
The Chamber in Sydney is the oldest and largest Italian Chamber of Commerce in Australia. There are 79 Italian Chambers around the world, operating in 54 countries creating a network of over 25,000 members, a global turnover of 75 million dollars and over 2,500 employees.