The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach.
We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in our nation. Our cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility.
With our network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres, we have been the first point of contact for many with Germany for over sixty years. Our long-lasting partnerships with leading institutions and individuals in over ninety countries create enduring trust in Germany. We are partners for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties.
The Goethe-Institut in Australia is comprised of two institutes which are located in Melbourne (founded in 1972) and Sydney (founded in 1974). At these locations we promote German language classes and examinations, and offer contemporary German cultural programs. We act as a strong partner in developing long term Australian-German cooperation. Our main focus is to foster an intercultural dialogue. Additionally we offer online German language courses nationwide, as well as a service called eLibrary which allows you to borrow digital materials, such as eBooks, eAudio books and electronic newspapers by downloading them to your computer or e-reader.
Our Educational Services Department works closely with partners, schools and unions of teachers to foster the teaching of German and to promote the educational development of German teachers.
Our cultural programs are focused on Sydney and Melbourne. But within the bounds of possibility we also cooperate with partners in other Australian cities. As an independent association, and as an extension of German foreign cultural policy, our cultural events are aimed at interested Australians and are almost exclusively held in English.
The Goethe-Institut in Australia is part of a region made up of South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand with its headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia.