Prime Minister Rutte to visit Australia

Prime Minister Rutte will travel to Indonesia, New-Zealand, and Australia from Monday 7 until Friday 11 October. The objective of the visit is to strengthen the bilateral ties with the three countries and to discuss topics such as economics, MH17, climate, and the fight against terror.

The last time PM Rutte visited Australia was five years ago. In 2016, he visited Indonesia along with a trade mission. This is the first time the Prime Minister visits New-Zealand.


In Australia the Prime Minister will meet with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Governor General David Hurley in Sydney on Wednesday 9 October. This meeting will focus on the international collaboration on MH17, strengthening the trade and investment relationship, and opportunities for closer international cooperation. Afterwards, a visit will be paid to the State Library of New South Wales where Australian-Dutch cultural heritage is part of the collection.

On Thursday 10 October, a meeting will take place with CEO’s of Dutch companies at the Sydney Opera House. There will also be a meeting with Australian companies considering investment in the Netherlands. Next, the Prime Minister will participate in a discussion hosted by think tank The Lowy Institute, where he will give a speech about the importance of the international rules-based order. The Prime Minister will visit the Royal Botanic Garden, where the collection is currently being digitised by a Dutch company. He will view Sydney’s harbour by boat and meet a Dutch trade delegation at a conference on maritime security in the Pacific region.

The last day of the visit, Friday 11 October, takes place in Melbourne. The Prime Minister will speak with representatives of the Victorian state government. He will also speak at a meeting with Australian companies and visit a metro tunnel constructed with the involvement of Dutch company Arcadis. The Prime Minister will visit the Melbourne International Games Week to discuss the use of serious gaming in, for example, the health sector. He will meet the Dutch inventor of the Magic Table, an interactive table that can help people in nursing homes stay active.