Australia–Thailand relations

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Australia–Thailand relations
Map indicating locations of Thailand and Australia



Australia–Thailand relations are foreign relations between Australia and Thailand. Thailand is represented through its embassy in Canberra and a consulate general in Sydney. Australia has an embassy in Bangkok. Formal diplomatic relations were established between the two nations in 1952[citation needed].

Monthly short term travel departures from Australia to Thailand since 1991

During the 2006 Thai coup d'état, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said, "it's of grave concern to us that the government has been overthrown in this way".[1]


Monthly value of Australian merchandise exports to Thailand (A$ millions) since 1988
Monthly value of Thai merchandise exports to Australia (A$ millions) since 1988

In 2003, the two countries announced they would enter into a free trade agreement.[2] The Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) entered into force on 1 January 2005. TAFTA has facilitated increased two-way trade and investment, improved business mobility, increased transparency, encouraged international best practice, and promoted bilateral cooperation in a range of areas including customs procedures, government procurement, competition policy and intellectual property protection.[3]

As of 2015, the two-way trade in goods and services was worth more than A$20.8 billion.[4]

Mineral exports[edit]

Thailand is an important market for Australian aluminium and metal. Australia is also a significant supplier of coal to Thailand.


Thailand is a significant tourist market for Australians with 400,000 Australians visiting Thailand each year. The Australia-Thailand aviation market is Australia’s 6th largest.[5] A number of airlines provide direct flights between Australia and Thailand including: V Australia, Jetstar, Thai Airways and Qantas

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Military seizes power in Thailand, ousts PM". ABC Online. 20 September 2006.
  2. ^ "Australia, Thailand agree to trade deal". 20 October 2003. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Thailand country brief - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade". Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Thailand-Australia FTA". Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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