Haiti country brief

Key engagement

Common interests in multilateral forums.  Australia provided significant support to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.

Outlook

Trade and investment opportunities exist in Haiti for Australian businesses, including in mining once enabling legislation is approved by the Haitian Parliament.

Bilateral relations

Australia and Haiti established diplomatic relations in 2000 and pursue common interests in multilateral forums. Australia’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago is accredited to Haiti. Haiti appointed an Honorary Consul in Brisbane in 2019.

After the devastating 2010 earthquake, the Australian Government provided $26.7 million in humanitarian assistance to Haiti which was matched by $26 million from the Australian public. Further Australian support followed after Hurricane Matthew in 2016 ($2.5 million in humanitarian assistance).

Public diplomacy

Through the Direct Aid Program (DAP), the Australian Government supports community projects in Haiti. Recent projects have focused on water and sanitation, neonatal care and food security. A Haitian foreign service officer took part in DFAT’s 2017 International Graduate Program.

Economic diplomacy

Information on our economic partnership can be found in our Economic Factsheet for Haiti.

Foreign relations

Australia and Haiti are both members of the UN. Haiti is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and several other regional organisations.

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

Fast Facts

  • Haitian visitors to Australia (2018) — <5
  • Australian visitors to Haiti (2017) — 200
  • Resident Australian population born in Haiti (2016) — 100
  • Australian residents of Caribbean Islander descent (2016) — 3,600
  • Haitian students in Australia (2018) — <5

High level engagement

  • 2017 July — then Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in Grenada

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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Last Updated: 27 June 2019