Republic of North Macedonia country brief

Key engagement

Warm bilateral relations underpinned by strong people-to-people links.

Bilateral relations

Australia and the Republic of North Macedonia enjoy warm diplomatic relations underpinned by strong people-to-people links, cooperation in international organisations on matters of mutual interest and international security, including a Memorandum of Understanding on Counter Terrorism.

Australia recognised the then-former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in February 1994 and established diplomatic relations on 20 October 1995. Australia welcomed the implementation of the Prespa Agreement in February 2019, under which the country changed its name to the Republic of North Macedonia.

Through the Embassy in Belgrade, Australia supports direct aid projects with developmental benefits for local communities. The projects focus on gender, disability and democratic participation.

Economic and trade information can be found in the Republic of North Macedonia Fact Sheet.

Foreign policy

The Republic of North Macedonia has identified membership of the EU and NATO as foreign policy priorities. Foreign Minister Dimitrov signed the NATO Accession Protocol on 6 February 2019. Further information is available at Republic of North Macedonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Fast facts

  • Visitors to Australia (year ending June 2018): 2000
  • Australian visitors (year ending June 2018): 12,200
  • Resident Australian population claiming Macedonian ancestry (2016 census): 98,444
  • Students in Australia (2017): 387

High level engagement

  • 2017: Foreign Minister Bishop visited Skopje
  • 2012: Assembly President Veljanoski visited Australia

Australian Embassy in Belgrade

Australian Embassy in Belgrade website

Australian Consulate in Skopje

Australian Consulate in Skopje
Motiva, Londonska 11B
Skopje 1000

+389 2 3061 114

Facebook @AustraliainSerbia​​​

Last Updated: 15 February 2019