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Happy Australia Day
The Australian High Commission in Port of Spain is pleased to extend greetings to the entire Australian community in the Caribbean.
In an excerpt from his national day greetings in which he spoke about the Australia Caribbean relationship going forward, the High Commissioner noted:
" In the Caribbean we (Australia) continue to promote collaborations and partnerships in areas including health, education, agriculture and the environment particularly by sharing the experience and expertise gained through our custodianship of the Great Barrier Reef...in 2014 we began building partnerships across the Caribbean, promoting road safety awareness."
To hear more about this road safety initiative click here.
Queensland State Election - 31 January 2015
There will be no overseas voting services available in Trinidad and Tobago for the Queensland State Election on 31 January 2015. For voting information, please refer to the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) website at: http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au. Electors can also contact the ECQ directly by telephone: +61 1300 881 665, or by email: email@example.com.
Postal vote applications are able to be completed and submitted on the ECQ website. Postal vote applications must be received by 7:00 PM (Australian Eastern Standard Time) Wednesday 28 January 2015.
Minister Julie Bishop Unveils New Consular Strategy
Last year the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade assisted over 15,000 Australians in difficulty overseas. On 03 December 2014, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop MP, launched a new Consular Strategy to maintain Australia's consular service as world's best practice.
The delivery of high quality consular services is one of the Government’s foreign policy priorities. Released with a revised DFAT Consular Services Charter, the new Consular Strategy will see changes aimed at maintaining the agility of Australia’s consular service in a changing world.
To read more about the new Consular Strategy, click here.
Announcement: The Australian High Commission is now on Facebook!
For the latest news and updates about the Australian Direct Aid Program, events and more, visit "Australia in the Caribbean" today! See you there!!!
Trinidad and Tobago journalist is this year's Sports International Media Visit (IMV) participant from the Caribbean
Nigel Simon (back right) poses for a group photo with the other IMV journalists in Australia
Trinidad and Tobago based Sports Journalist Nigel Simon was selected to participate in Australia's 2014 International Media Visit to Australia. Nigel Simon, has been involved in sports reporting for 14 years and regularly covers major international, regional and local sporting events including: FIFA World Cup 2006 (Germany), World International Volleyball Championship (2009; 2010) across venues throughout the region, CARIFTA Games (Swimming) (2010-2014). He was also the Sports Reporter of the Year for 2009 and 2010.
Sporting journalist Nigel Simon poses with the coveted Cricket World Cup trophy
Nigel is introduced to a Koala in Brisbane, Australia
The Australian High Commission is very pleased to have provided Mr Simon with this unrivalled opportunity to experience the best and brightest of Australia's Sporting scene.
Applications are now CLOSED for the 2014-2015 Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities managed by Heads of Australian Missions in approximately 45 countries. The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships.
For more information about the program, visit www.dfat.gov.au/direct_aid_program.
Assessments and evaluation of the various projects submitted have now commenced. Applicants are advised that individual responses to submissions will only be given following completion of this process.
The Australian HIgh Commission wishes to thank everyone who participated in this process.
Ebola Outbreak - Australia's response
Recent measures announced by the Governemtn of Australia will see its current contribution to the international response on the Ebola Outbreak move to $42 million provide as the international community continues to workin support of halting the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa. T
This is in addition to the more than $40 million provided to the World Health Organisation over the past year to support global health activities.
An Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Sierra Leone to be managed and operated by Australia is currently under fit out with medical equipment and is expected to be completed by mid December. Additionally, seventeen (17) Australian health workers also began departure for West Africa from 28 November to complete in-country training and prepare to provide clinical care in the Australian-managed ETC.
AVID and the Lionfish Derby
The Australian AVID program is helping to protect the Caribbean marine environment through promoting the consumption of invasive alien species! For more information, click here.
WARNING: Jobs/Phishing Scam Alert
The Australian High Commission advises all persons interested in visiting, working or living in Australia to please be aware of a number of Job Scams that may be related to Phishing Scams.
Social media sites and the wider Internet present many opportunities to earn extra money; many of which are not legitimate. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Always ensure that any potential employers and requests are legitimate and be wary of the following:
* Any job where you are asked to accept and transfer money from one bank account to another.
* Being asked for your bank account number or for the bank account number of another person so that someone’s salary or money owing to them can be credited to the account.
* Instructions to forward funds to persons abroad.
* Visa application through third parties/agents and invitations to live in Australia.
Australia in Focus - The G20 Presidency
Australia held the presidency of the Group of Twenty (G20) from 1 December 2013 to 30 November 2014. Australia chaired the G20 meetings in 2014, bringing together leaders, Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, Trade Ministers and Employment and Labour Ministers from major developing and advanced economies to address critical economic and financial challenges facing the world.
The G20 is the world’s premier forum for international economic cooperation and decision making. G20 members account for 85 per cent of global GDP, 75 per cent of global trade and two-thirds of the world’s population. Australia’s G20 Presidency focused on promoting stronger economic growth and employment outcomes and making the global economy more resilient to deal with future shocks.The G20 Leaders’ Summit held in Brisbane on 15-16 November 2014 was heralded as a success. Australia thanks the international community for its support during this chairmanship.
Speaker of the House, Bronwyn Bishop visits Trinidad and Tobago
Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Honourable Bronwyn Bishop, MP, is greeted on her arrival by President of the Senate of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Senator the Honourable Timothy Hamel-Smith. Looking on is Mr Brian Caesar, Marshal of the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Read the full story here.
Media Releases from the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs can be found here.
Media Releases from the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment can be found here.
Speeches from the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs can be found here.
Speeches from the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment can be found here.