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The projects cover a range of interest areas, including architectural design; business culture and innovation in Sri Lanka; and engineering design in the Indo-Pacific.

More information on Development Assistance to Sri Lanka.

Under the Australia-Sri Lanka Memorandum of Understanding concerning Legal Cooperation against the Smuggling of Migrants (December 2009), Australia and Sri Lanka are working to strengthen people smuggling legislation to prevent criminals exploiting gaps in legal frameworks.

Then Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visited Sri Lanka to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and associated meetings in Colombo in November 2013.

In May 2015 Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton met with the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and other leaders in Colombo to reaffirm both nations’ commitment to stopping people smuggling.

Eight remaining entities designated under Sri Lanka’s domestic implementation of UNSCR 1373 include a number of Australia-based organisations and individuals.

These Sri Lankan listings are separate from Australia’s domestic implementation of UN Security Council sanctions regimes, and do not constrain the freedom of those Australia-based groups or individuals listed to express their views and to operate in Australia in accordance with Australian law.

The majority of Australian providers in Sri Lanka offer higher education courses or university preparation courses.

Significant opportunities exist to increase collaboration in the technical and vocational education (TVET) sector.

Two-way trade is growing strongly at 9.5 per cent year-on-year to 1 million (2015).

In 2015, Australia’s investment in Sri Lanka totaled A million.

Australia and Sri Lanka cooperate closely to counter people smuggling through the Australia-Sri Lanka Joint Working Group on People Smuggling and Other Transnational Crime and the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime.

In 2014, Australia donated two Bay Class vessels to Sri Lanka to strengthen the Sri Lankan Navy’s existing capability to intercept people smuggling ventures originating in Sri Lankan waters.

Diplomatic ties between Sri Lanka and Australia were officially established in January 1947.

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