Australia was amongst the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Pakistan in 1948. Pakistan-Australia relations are based on robust economic and developmental cooperation. Australia is a favoured destination amongst Pakistani students with almost 125,000 expatriate community living in Australia. As cricketing nations, both countries share a common passion for the sport with several memorable matches illustrating the bonhomie between the people of Pakistan. Multi-sectoral engagement with Australia encompasses economic, trade, education, defence, Agriculture, climate and science and technology. Several political and economic mechanisms have been instituted to identify and focus on areas of cooperation including Senior Official Talks (SOT), Bilateral Political Consultations (BPC), Joint Trade Committee (JTC), Joint Working Group (JWG) in Border Management and Transnational Crime and Pak-Australia Defence & Security Talks. Bilateral trade between Pakistan and Australia stands at US $ 962 million. Pakistan’s major exports to Australia are textile made-up, garments, cereals, leather goods and surgical instruments, while imports from Australia are pulses, fertilizers, iron of steel, wood products, office machinery, unwrought zinc, insecticides & dyes and pigments.
Pakistan and New Zealand enjoy cordial and friendly relations. Both the countries are members of the Commonwealth.Bilateral mechanisms instituted between the two countries include: Bilateral Political Consultations and Joint Trade Committee (JTC)Bilateral trade stands at US $ 12 Million with Pakistan’s major exports as textile products, apparel, rice, leather articles and sports goods. While main imports from New Zealand are dairy products, wood pulp, paper, edible oil, wood, iron steel and electrical machinery. Pakistani community comprising of approx 9000-9500 is residing in New Zealand which is steadily growing.