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15 May 2012

Goethe Institute Australia

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. They promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. They convey a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on Germany's cultural, social and political life.

Through their network of Goethe-Institutes, Goethe Centres, cultural societies and reading rooms, alongside our examination and language learning centres, they perform the principal tasks of cultural and educational policy abroad. They work in partnership with public and private cultural bodies, the German federal states and municipalities, and the corporate sector.

They draw on the rich variety of their many-faceted open society and Germany's lively culture. They combine the experiences and conceptions of their partners in Germany and abroad with their professional skills and engage in a dialogue rooted in partnership. In doing so, they function as service providers and partners for everyone taking an active interest in Germany and the German language and culture, and act independently with no political affiliations.

The Goethe-Institut Australia has representations in Sydney and Melbourne, their services and programs, however, are available throughout the whole of Australia. Together with their Australian partners, they organise cultural programs that bring Germany very close to the Australian people. Their scholarship and visitors programs foster the cultural exchange between the two countries.

They offer German courses and examinations at all levels. Moreover, they support German language courses at Australian schools and universities. They place particular emphasis on the professional development of Australian teachers of German.

Their Information Services are available Australia wide. They work close in cooperation with Australian libraries, providing German collections for public loan. They provide regular e-news updates of cultural events and trends in Germany, and offer an InfoSpace for visitors in Sydney.

The Goethe-Institut Sydney provides services and support to the following states: New South Wales, Queensland, ACT and the Northern Territories. The Goethe-Institut Melbourne provides these services to Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.