International relations and Antarctic Gateway

International relations and Antarctic Gateway

City of Hobart's international relations activities, including its International Partnerships, are guided by our International Relations Policy(PDF, 229KB).

As the capital city of Tasmania, City of Hobart's international relations activities include engaging in official incoming and outgoing visits, international forums and conferences, adopting international policies and commitments, member of international organisations, Antarctic Gateway City and formal partnerships such as Sister Cities.

In undertaking these activities, we advocate for peace and goodwill, broaden global perspectives, show leadership, align to the national interest, furthering our Antarctic Gateway status, leverage our strengths and competitive advantages, raise our global profile and participate in exchanges of knowledge and resources which benefit our city.

So far this year we have:

  • Joined the Government-led Trade Mission to South Korea and Japan
  • Met with Mayor of Yaizu in Tokyo
  • Engaged with political and business delegations
  • Welcomed Ambassadors and Consul Generals
  • Celebrated Japanese Children's Day
  • Facilitated Student Exchange with Yaizu and Hobart students
  • Antarctic Gateway Cities engagements
  • Embassy visits in-market
  • International Conferences and Memberships here and abroad
  • With more to come…

Our Sister Cities

City of Hobart currently has two Sister City relationships and is looking to expand this.

Yaizu, Japan

Hobart has been the sister city of Yaizu since 1977 which means we are coming up to nearly 50 years of friendship. This is significant and we are very proud of this.

Our sister city relationship was founded on personal connections but also our fishing industries, and over the years it has gone from strength to strength.

We have participated in a student exchange between our two cities for more than 20 years and our relationship is now heavily grounded in our commitment to education and our young people.

Hobart celebrates Japanese Children's Day each year to highlight this, and our celebrations are highly engaging and bring much joy.

The relationship between Yaizu and Hobart has regularly enjoyed reciprocal delegations of businesses and city officials.

The relationship is supported in both cities by Sister City Committees. The Hobart-Yaizu Sister City Committee meetings regularly and if you are interested in joining, please contact us (details below).

L'Aquila, Italy

Hobart has had a sister city relationship with L'Aquila since 1998 and we celebrated 25 years of friendship last year.

The relationship was initiated and has continued to be actively supported by members of the Hobart based Abruzzese Association.

If you are interested in exploring an International Partnership with City of Hobart, please contact us on 03 6238 2711 or