The relationship between the people of Ireland and Australia
stretches back to the earliest days of European settlement. We are
proud of the contribution made by men and women of Irish birth
and Irish descent in building Australia.
There is a great range of social, cultural,
professional and contacts between the two countries. There are many
organisations in Australia which promote contacts between our
countries. Groups which promote the welfare of Irish people around
Australia are listed here, as are Business Groups and organisations promoting Irish culture.
There are approximately 60,000 Irish-born people permanently
resident in Australia with up to a further 15,000 young Irish
people travelling to Australia each year as participants in the
reciprocal Working Holiday scheme.
Many Australians can claim some degree of Irish ancestry. If you
are interested in researching your family’s Irish origins and
genealogy, we have some
links to get you started. In the Australian census of
2006, more than 1.8 million Australians declared themselves of
Irish background and of these more than 450,000 indicated that at
least one of their parents was born in Ireland.