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National Reconciliation Week
May 27-June 3
Aboriginal Flag Torres Strait Islander Flag
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.
May 27 marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.
On 3 June, 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decision which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—that existed prior to colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights called Native Title. 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of the Mabo decision.
For more information on National Reconciliation Week please visit http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw
Australian Volunteers for International Development
AusAID is working in partnership with Australian Volunteers International, Austraining International and Australian Red Cross in delivering the Australian Volunteers for International Development program.
Australian volunteers play a vital role in the fight against poverty. Volunteering overseas is one way that Australians can make a positive contribution to poverty reduction, sustainable development and cross-cultural understanding.
Australian volunteers come from a diverse range of backgrounds and include men and women aged from 18 to over 80 years. Australian volunteers have varying professional backgrounds which enable them to work on a raft of activities including setting up medical clinics so that women can give birth safely, building stronger homes to withstand cyclones and helping children with disabilities to get to school. Volunteers enrich the communities they help.
The profile of the program has expanded into the Caribbean, as you can see here.
Australian Federal Election 2013
An Australian Federal Election will take place on Saturday September 14, 2013.
For complete current information on the election, including enrolment and voting whilst overseas, please visit the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website at www.aec.gov.au or contact the AEC via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (+61 2 6273 8606).
The Australian High Commission would like to thank all who attended our 2013 ANZAC Day Dawn Ceremony on April 25, 2013. This solemn event which commemorates the sacrifice of all those who have died in war, continues to be a very poignant reminder of the ideals of courage, endurance and mateship.
Observing a minute of silence
The Last Post
L to R: Acting Commanding Officer Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, Darryl Daniel; British High Commissioner, H.E. Arthur Snell; Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Ross Tysoe, AO; TTDF Bugler
Homage to the fallen Australian servicemen
Direct Aid Program (DAP)
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities available to most CARICOM countries. The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships.
DAP Recipients 2012-13:
- Medical Relief Association - St Vincent and the Grenadines: Primary Health Screening and Education
- The Caribbean Institute - Suriname: Protected Organic Horticulture and Adaptation to Climate Change
- St David's RC Church - Grenada: Restoration of the Marian House
- Mt Airy Community Centre - Grenada: Construction of Upper Level for use by the Mt Airy Young Readers' Programme
- Pointe/Salybia Development Committee - Dominica: Repairs to the Tunubuku Reference Library
- The Nevis Agricultural Youth Forum - St Kitts and Nevis: Procurement of Shade House for the Charlestown Secondary School
- GRENSAVE - Grenada: Women and Youth Income Generating Project
- WINAD - Regional: Arms Trade Treaty Workshop
- HUMANA People to People Belize - Belize: Empowering Women Through Income-Generating Activities
- St Lucia Crisis Centre Corporation - St Lucia: Educational Support and Capacity-Building - Ione Erlinger-Forde Education Project
- Grenada National Organization of Women (GNOW) - Grenada: Basic Carpentry and Joinery Training for Impoverished Women
- Kalinago Council - Dominica: Bataca Water Supply Project
- Tucker-Clarke Primary School - St Kitts and Nevis: Brighter Sparks Library/Resource Centre
- Rainbow Unique Nursery & Pre-School - St Vincent and the Grenadines: Early Childhood Development and Building Renovation Project
- Charlotte's Nursery School - Dominica: Fencing and Renovation of Charlotte's Nursery School
- Royal St Kitts and Nevis Police Force - St Kitts and Nevis: Police Junior Drum Corps Enhancement
- Women in Agriculture for Rural Development (WARD) - St Vincent and the Grenadines: Promoting Small Vegetable Farm Production
- St Theresa's RC School - Grenada: Completion of Playing Field
- GRENCODA - Grenada: Upgrading GRENCODA's Physical Operating Space and Computer Lab
- Sherwin Fraser - Guyana: Literacy and Numeracy Intervention Programme for Children with Learning Difficulties
- Canaries Estate - St Lucia: Canaries Estate Agro-Tourism Project
- Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College - St Kitts and Nevis: Design and Construction of Solar System and Water Catchment
- Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Society - Antigua and Barbuda: Preventing the Spread of HIV & AIDS Amoung Our Youth - a "Together We Can" based approach
- Voices of Women, Nevis Inc. - St Kitts and Nevis: "Second Chance" Teen Mothers Program
- The Salvation Army - St Kitts and Nevis: Motivating Young Minds Through Interactive Learning and a Safe Environment
- Spanish Town Citizens Against Gun Violence - Jamaica: Spanish Town Steel Band
- Sacred Sports Foundation - St Lucia: Learn, Work and Lead - A Youth Employment Training and Social Development Programme
Award Winning Short Films Available to the Public
The Australian High Commission is pleased to announce that two award-winning Australian educational short films, "Tagged" and "Quiet Signs of Love" can now be viewed free of charge online.
Tagged is aimed at educating young people about cyberbullying, sexting and how to protect themselves online. It has won the gold medal at the World Media Festival in Hamburg and can be viewed at www.cybersmart.gov.au/tagged
Quiet Signs of Love is a love story between two characters, one of whom is deaf. It was designed to help raise awareness about the National Relay Service, a Commonwealth Government initiative that enables people who are deaf, or having hearing or speech impairment, to communicate by phone. Quiet Signs won the award for Best Short Film (Hearing Director's Category) at the Rome Deaf Film Festival - Cinedeaf and can be accessed at www.relayservice.com.au/quietsignsoflove