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International Relations

We have a proud history of internationalism. Darwin’s links to Asia pre-date British colonisation and have been a source of great prosperity. The modern city of Darwin has been at the forefront of Australia’s international engagement in peace and in war. Its population diversity reflects and predates modern multicultural Australia.

International engagement provides economic and cultural benefits resulting from the City’s sister city relationships and international connections.

Darwin’s Sister Cities

We work closely with our six sister cities around the world. Through educational, cultural, professional and humanitarian exchange, the Sister Cities Program enables citizens to become directly involved in international relations.

Sister Cities

Ambon, Indonesia

Signed 21 July 1989 in Darwin               

Anchorage, USA

Signed 28 July 1982 in Darwin                

Dili, Timor-Leste

Signed 18 September 2003 in Darwin     

Haikou, China

Signed 5 September 1990 in Darwin      

Kalymnos, Greece

Signed 23 April 1982 in Darwin              

Milikapiti, Tiwi Islands

Signed 5 July 1999 in Darwin                

Friendship Cities

We have established a friendship city understanding with Honolulu (USA) and Santa Cruz - Galapagos (Ecuador).

Broader International Engagement

The Lord Mayor, Aldermen, Council Staff and community members on committees receive international dignataries and delegations in addition to attending internationally focused conferences, meetings and events. 

More Information

For further information about the Sister Cities Program, contact the International Relations Project Officer.

08 8930 0300 

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