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Slovenian community

Slovenian community in Australia is according to the 2011 Census 17,150 members strong, although there is a general view that altogether there are around 25,000 people of Slovenian descent living in Australia.

One of the most important Australian personalities with Slovenian background is a Labour MP the Hon Tanya Plibersek from Sydney, having been long years MP in the Australian Parliament, appointed also on ministerial positions in the past. Currently she is the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. 

The majority lives in Melbourne and Sydney, followed by significant communities in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Canberra. Smaller organised groups are active in Wollongong, Newcastle, on the Gold Coast, in Geelong and Albury/Wodonga, while individuals and small groups also exist in many other places.

Australian Slovenians are meeting in 14 clubs/associations and 3 religious missions (Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide) and 3 "Saturday" Slovenian Language and Culture Schools (Melbourne, Geelong and Brisbane). Slovenian community is distinguished by its lively cultural, social and sports activity.

The Embassy maintains close ties with the Slovenian community and endeavours to facilitate cultural, educational and economic co-operation with the homeland. In this regard, the assistance provided by the three Honorary Consuls, namely Mr Anthony Tomažin for NSW, Ms Nevenka Golc-Clarke for QLD and Mr Adrian Vatovec for SA is very much appreciated.

Minister for Slovenians abroad Gorazd Žmavc visited Australia in June 2015 and formally opened Slovenian Australian Chamber of Commerce in Sydney, Slovenian Australian Academic Association in Melbourne and signed the Working Holiday Arrangement between Slovenia and Australia.