The Slovenia Times

Diaspora Minister Visiting Australia


Apart from inaugurating the premises of consulates in Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney, all of which are headed by honorary consuls, the minister will also open in Sydney a newly launched Slovenia-Australia Chamber of Commerce.

A press release from his office also said that the minister would be on hand for the launch of a Slovenian-Australian academic society in Melbourne and the opening of a new Slovenian language and culture school during the visit, which he will complete on 21 June.

The Slovenian diaspora in Australia is estimated to have between 20,000 and 30,000 members. While touring their institutions, Žmavc will discuss ways to preserve the Slovenian identity, culture and language, according to his office.

The minister is also due to meet Australian political officials, including Speaker Bishop and Tanya Plibersek, the shadow foreign minister and a vice-president of the Labour Party of Slovenian descent. Plibersek visited Slovenian in 2012 while serving as Australia's health minister.

This is the first visit by a Slovenian diaspora minister in overseas since 2012. The most recent such visit to the Slovenian community in Australia dates five years back when then Minister Boštjan Žekš toured the continent.

Slovenia's embassy in the capital Canberra is currently headed by charges d'affaires Jana Grilc. It is also in charge of New Zealand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Slovenia also has four consulates in the country, including in Sydney.


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