The Bahamas country brief

Historical, social and sporting links.

Key engagement

Pursuit of common interests in multilateral fora and the Commonwealth.

Outlook

Export and investment opportunities exist for Australian businesses, particularly in tourism and related supplies and services.

Bilateral relations

Australia and The Bahamas established diplomatic relations in 1974.

Australia’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago is accredited to The Bahamas and Australia maintains an Honorary Consul in Nassau.

The Bahamas does not have official diplomatic representation in Australia. The relationship is managed through its Beijing Embassy.

Foreign relations

The Bahamas is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and other regional organisations, including The Association of Caribbean States. It is a member of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) grouping, which includes small island states in the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Australia and The Bahamas are members of the Commonwealth, the WTO and the UN. As at October 2019, Australia and The Bahamas are jointly serving on the Human Rights Council, International Maritime Organziation Council and International Telecommunication Union Council.

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Fast facts

Australian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago

18 Herbert Street, St Clair, Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: +1 (868) 822 5450
General: ahc.portofspain@dfat.gov.au
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High level engagement

2017

July – Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met The Bahamas Foreign Minister Darren Henfield at the 38th CARICOM Summit in Grenada.

Economic diplomacy

The Australian Government supports Australian investors in The Bahamas by providing support and advice on political, economic and regulatory environments.

Further economic and trade information can be found in our Economic Factsheet for the Bahamas.

Business

Austrade aims to attract foreign direct investment into Australia. It also identifies market opportunities and promotes the capabilities of Australian exporters and education providers.

Austrade

Austrade offices

Agreements with The Bahamas

2017

MoU on Air Services

2010

Tax Information Exchange Agreement

Travel

See Smartraveller for information on travelling to the Bahamas.

Last Updated: 25 November 2019