Australian–Barbadian relations
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Australian–Barbadian relations are foreign relations between Australia and Barbados. The Australian High Commissioner to Barbados is accredited from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is represented in Australia through its High Commission in Ottawa, (Canada). Barbados maintains an honorary consul in Australia. Barbados and Australia established diplomatic relations on 7 January 1974. Both countries are members of the Commonwealth of Nations, and comprised as former parts of the British Empire.


Barbados and Australia established diplomatic relations on January 7, 1974 with J. C. Ingram as the first High Commissioner.[1] In 2001 Winfred Peppinck was appointed to the position.[2] In 2004, due in part to the robust trade by Australian companies with Trinidad and Tobago's oil sector the Australian government moved the Australian High Commission from Bridgetown, Barbados to Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. It now serves Barbados and 13 other Caribbean countries.[3][4] The official opening of the new building was made on 14 December 2006.[5] By 2010 Philip Kentwell held the position of High Commissioner, now renamed Plenipotentiary Representative of Australia to the Caribbean Community.[6]

In 2009 Australia company BHP Billiton became the first company to be granted a concession to search for oil and gas in the maritime areas of Barbados.[7][8][9] The company was awarded offshore blocks in Carlisle Bay and Bimshire.[10]

In 2009 both nations have given some consideration for the signing of a double taxation agreement between their two nations. Maxine McClean, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade for Barbados said: "You will no doubt agree that the negotiation and conclusion of relevant agreements will result in increased foreign direct investment, trade and general co-operation to our mutual benefit. In this regard Barbados looks forward greatly to the enhancement of its relationship and co-operation with Australia."[11]


  1. "Australia Established Caribbean Ties". Associated Press in the The Virgin Islands Daily News. January 9, 1974.,771128&dq=barbados+and+australia+relations&hl=en. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  2. "New High Commissioner appointed to Barbados". Australian Associated Press. January 22, 2001. Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2010-05-19. "Career diplomat Winfred Peppinck has been appointed Australia's high commissioner to Barbados" 
  3. Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs – Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago
  4. "Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Country and Regional Information". Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2009-04-08. "Australia established a High Commission in Port of Spain in July 2004." 
  5. "Australia’s Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Alexander Downer MP, officially opens the Australian High Commission, Trinidad and Tobago". Australian High Commission. Retrieved 2009-04-08. "On 14 December 2006" 
  6. "Australian High Commission". Australian High Commission. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  7. "Barbados, Australia talk of deeper relations". Caribbean Media Corporation at the BBC. January 27, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  8. "Barbados Closes Licensing Round with Bids from 3 Companies". Retrieved 2009-04-08. "The Barbados Licensing Offshore Round, which began promotion in 2007, came to a close on September 30, 2008 with bids submitted by three companies. ... Some of these large companies included Borders and Southern, BHP Billiton, BP, Exxon-Mobil, Hess, Newfield, Petrobras, Shell and Statoil." 
  9. "Barbados issues licence to drill for oil". Retrieved 2009-04-10. "The proposal, submitted to an evaluation committee and accepted by Cabinet, was assessed on the basis of bid compliance, financial commitment, proposed signature bonus, training and environmental initiatives with BHP has operated in Australia, Gulf of Mexico, Britain and Trinidad and Tobago." 
  10. "Barbados, BHP Billiton finalizing contracts". TendersInfo. June 24, 2009. Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2010-05-18. "The company was awarded offshore blocks Carlisle Bay (2,498 sq km/964.5 sq miles) and Bimshire (2,506 sq km/967.6 sq miles). Melbourne-headquartered BHP Billiton was one of three groups that submitted bids in September for the round, where 24 offshore blocks ranging from 790 to 5,025 sq km (305 to 1,940 sq miles) were offered." 
  11. "Barbados seeking closer ties with Australia". Barbados Advocate. January 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 

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