About the Honorary Consul
Dr David Grabovac, is Honorary Consul of the Bahamas to Australia. He was appointed to this role by the Government of the Bahamas. Approval to accept the nomination of Dr Grabovac to head the consulate was made by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Premier's and Chief Minister's of all six Australian states and two federal territories.
In his capacity as Honorary Consul, Dr Grabovac represents Bahamian interests in Australia, contributes to the bilateral relations between the Bahamas and Australia, and develops trade, economy, tourism, and cultural relations between the two countries.
Dr David Grabovac holds a Doctorate in Education from St Petersburg State University, a Master's of Leadership and Management in Education from the University of Newcastle and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Media Communications from Southern Cross University.
He is an elected member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Monaco Ambassadors Club and Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. He is also a member of the Bahamas National Trust and Bahamas Chamber of Commerce.
Dr Grabovac has taught as a lecturer at Martin College, Cornell Institute, and the Australian College of Journalism. At Cornell Institute, he was also a senior advisor to the Board of Directors. He currently serves as Director of Digital Valley, a financial services company, and Director of ICI Education, a group of independent private colleges. Dr David Grabovac has also worked as an Electoral Policy Advisor to the Minister for Education, Training, and Science.
Dr Grabovac has been serving as a Justice of the Peace for the State of New South Wales since 2002. In 2014 he was appointed a Kentucky Colonel, Kentucky’s highest honour, by the Governor of the State of Kentucky (USA).
What is an Honorary Consul?
An honorary consul refers to a locally engaged representative of a foreign government who has been appointed to head a consular post. A consulate or consular post refers to the place in which a foreign government’s consular business is conducted.
The appointment of an honorary consul reflects a formal agreement between a sending government and a receiving government, as outlined in the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
An honorary consul must be formally accepted by the host government before they may exercise their functions. Such formal acceptance is made when the government issues an exequatur to the proposed head of a consular post.
Hon. Consul Dr David Grabovac
JP, BA, MLMEd, PhD, FRSA
Exequatur issued by the Chief of Protocol