History of diplomatic relations
In the beginning, diplomatic relations between Mexico and Australia were conducted via-London. In the late 1930s, Mexico established an honorary consulate in Sydney; however during the outbreak of World War II, Mexico closed its consulate. In 1960, Mexico re-opened its consulate in Sydney which led to formal diplomatic relations being established between the two nations on 14 March 1966. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, Australia and Mexico have both opened diplomatic missions in each other's capitals respectively and work together on a wide range of global issues.
Presently, Australian-Mexican relations are strong and cordial. Both countries have similar interests in increasing trade within the Pacific rim and to each other. Both nations have received high level government representatives to each other's countries and continue to work and support each other diplomatically. In September 2011, both nations signed an Action Plan to advance the relationship in political relations, economy and trade, development cooperation, education and culture.
Both nations are members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, G-20 major economies, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations.
Mexico is Australia's largest trading partner in Latin-America. Two-way trade between both nations amounted to $2.9 billion USD. Australia's exports to Mexico amounted to $880 million USD and include: aluminium, medicament's, copper ores and concentrates. Mexico's exports to Australia amounted to $1.9 billion USD and its export products include: lead ores and concentrates, telecom equipment and parts, fertilizers and passenger motor vehicles. Australia is Mexico's 24th biggest export market and Mexico is Australia's 25th biggest export market, respectively. In January 2004, a double taxation agreement was signed between both nations.
Resident diplomatic missions
- Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on relations with Mexico
- Australian Government on strengthening political relations with Mexico
- Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs on bilateral relations with Australia (Spanish)