We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on Germany's cultural, social and political life.
Through our network of Goethe-Institutes, Goethe Centres, cultural societies and reading rooms, alongside our examination and language learning centres, we perform the principal tasks of cultural and educational policy abroad. We work in partnership with public and private cultural bodies, the German federal states and municipalities, and the corporate sector.
We draw on the rich variety of our many-faceted open society and Germany's lively culture. We combine the experiences and conceptions of our partners in Germany and abroad with our professional skills and engage in a dialogue rooted in partnership. In doing so, we 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.
We face the cultural policy challenges of globalisation and develop innovative concepts for a world made more human through mutual understanding, where cultural diversity is seen as an asset.
We have representations in Sydney and Melbourne, our services and programs, however, are available throughout the whole of Australia.
Together with our Australian partners, we organise cultural programs that bring Germany very close to the Australian people. Our scholarship and visitors programs foster the cultural exchange between our two countries.
We offer German courses and examinations at all levels. Moreover, we support German language courses at Australian schools and universities. We place particular emphasis on the professional development of Australian teachers of German.
Our Information Services are available Australia wide. We work close in cooperation with Australian libraries, providing German collections for public loan. We 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.