Trinidad and Tobago country brief

Shared international perspectives and people-to-people ties.

Key engagement

Australia’s largest trade and investment partner in the Caribbean, we share common interests in multilateral fora and the Commonwealth.

Outlook

Export and investment opportunities exist in many sectors, including oil and gas, maritime transport, tourism and creative industries.

Bilateral relations

Australia and Trinidad and Tobago formally established diplomatic relations in 1974.

Australia opened its first office – a trade commission – in Port of Spain in 1951 and moved its High Commission there in July 2004.

Trinidad and Tobago has no formal diplomatic representation in Australia.  Its New Delhi High Commission provides visa services for Australia.

Foreign relations

Trinidad and Tobago is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and other regional organizations including the Association of Caribbean States, which has its headquarters in Port of Spain.  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 Trinidad and Tobago are members of the Commonwealth, WTO and the UN.

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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

2018

September – President Paula-Mae Weekes visited Brisbane for a Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges’ Conference.

May – Prime Minister Rowley, Foreign Minister Moses and National Security Minister Young visited Australia and met Prime Minister Turnbull, Foreign Minister Bishop, Trade Minister Ciobo and Defence Industry Minister Payne.

April – Prime Minister Turnbull met Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Rowley at the London CHOGM

2017

July – Former Foreign Minister Bishop met Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Rowley and Foreign Minister Moses at the CARICOM Summit in Grenada.

Public diplomacy

The Australian High Commission hosts regular public diplomacy events in Trinidad and Tobago.

‘A Dialogue on the Death Penalty in Trinidad and Tobago: Moving Towards Abolition’, co-hosted with the European Union in October 2018, facilitated useful discussion on next steps to abolishing the death penalty in Trinidad and Tobago. 

A screening of the Australian 3D documentary 'Great Barrier Reef' in May 2019, provided an opportunity to promote Australia's efforts to protect coral reefs. As co-chair of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) and co-champion of the Commonwealth Blue Charter Action Group on Coral Reef Protection and Restoration, it was also an opportunity for Australia to encourage Caribbean membership of ICRI.

Economic diplomacy

The Australian Government supports significant Australian investors in Trinidad and Tobago and provides advice on political, economic and regulatory environments.

Further economic and trade information can be found in our Economic Factsheet for Trinidad and Tobago.

Business

Export and investment opportunities exist in many sectors, including oil and gas, maritime transport, tourism and creative industries.  BHP is Australia's largest investor in Trinidad and Tobago, accounting for approximately 10% of Trinidad and Tobago’s oil and gas production.  Australian consultant engineering firm Worley has a twenty-year presence in the Caribbean.  Its office in Trinidad and Tobago works closely with major oil and gas companies. The Trinidad and Tobago Government has purchased fast ferries from Australian companies Austal and Incat, and Cape Class Patrol Boats from Austal, due to be delivered in mid-2020.

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

Travel

See Smartraveller for information on travelling to Trinidad and Tobago.

Last Updated: 25 November 2019