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Australia at the forefront to empower women and girls
Australia recognises that one of the best ways to promote economic development and growth and to achieve stronger communities and societies is to empower women and girls. As such, the Australian Government gives priority to gender equality and women’s empowerment in our foreign policy and in our overseas aid program, with over 50 per cent of the aid budget spent on initiatives to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
“Women and girls drive our economy, they build peace, political stability and progress. Investing in women and girls means prosperity for everyone,” said Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja in her 2014 International Women’s Day message.
To view Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls International Women’s Day 2014 message, please go to:
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The Governor of Western Australia has issued a writ for the 2014 WA Senate election to be held on Saturday 5 April 2014. An election for six new Senators for Western Australia will be held on this date.
You can check if you are enrolled to vote in Western Australia, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/wa-senate.
The deadline to enrol is 8pm AWST Friday 7 March 2014.
An overseas voting centre will be available at the Australian Consulate-General during the period set out below:
Monday to Friday between 9.00am to 3.00pm
Early Voting commences from Monday 24 March 2014
Last day for Voting is Friday 4 April 2014
The Australian Consulate-General will not open on Saturday 5 April for voting.
If you cannot vote in person you can apply for a postal vote at www.aec.gov.au/overseas.
For the 2014 WA Senate election, the AEC has implemented an online postal vote application (OPVA) service, including for people overseas at election time. This is the AEC’s preferred method of receiving PVAs and voters should use this service in the first instance. Postal ballot material will be processed in Australia and sent to the applicant’s overseas mailing address.
Website election information
For more information, visit the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au/wa-senate or contact the AEC via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone + 61 2 6273 8606
News: Australian Foreign Minister to visit ASEAN Nations to Strengthen Regional Relations
Trade, investment, regional security and education cooperation will be the key priorities during my visit to Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Cambodia from 16 to 21 February.
In this 40th anniversary year of Australia-ASEAN relations, I will meet with senior government and business leaders to discuss bilateral trade and investment opportunities.
In Malaysia I will meet with alumni of the former Menzies Government's Colombo Plan program and discuss opportunities for Australian students to study and gain work experience in businesses abroad under the Coalition Government's $100m New Colombo Plan.
I will meet members of the business community to promote trade and investment relations with Malaysia, our ninth largest trading partner.
In Vietnam, I will meet with senior government figures in Hanoi to advance Australia's economic diplomacy agenda and visit the Australia-Vietnam Joint Trans-National Crime Centre in Ho Chi Minh City.
While in Vietnam, I am looking forward to meeting with a number of women's networks supported by the Australian Government, to focus on women's empowerment and foster economic development through sustainable farming systems.
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News: New Colombo Plan to transform relations with the region
10 December 2013 - Today marks the launch of the pilot program for Australia's New Colombo Plan, a signature Australian Government initiative to send undergraduate students to countries across the region to learn, build friendships and strengthen ties with our Indian Ocean Asia-Pacific neighbours.
The Government has committed $100 million in new funding over five years to implement the Plan. The New Colombo Plan Secretariat has been established in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to further develop and implement the new program, working with the Department of Education to deliver the awards.
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News: Manus transferees urge others not to travel by boat
22 August 2013 - In a new video Iranian transferees at Manus Island tell of their heartbreak at realising people smugglers had lied to them and they will never be settled in Australia. They talk about their experiences and tell others not to take the risk of travelling to Australia by boat.
A ninth group of asylum seekers subject to the new Regional Settlement Arrangement has been transferred to Papua New Guinea (PNG) on 22 August. They have been sent to PNG for assessment and, if found to be refugees, will be settled there. Transfers will continue on a regular basis and will include women, children and unaccompanied minors in due course as appropriate arrangements are made.
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Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust was established at the 2011 CHOGM in Perth to celebrate The Queen's sixty year contribution to the Commonwealth. Further information HERE.
Client services provided on a fee-paying basis are available during the following hours:
09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Monday to Friday (Closed Public holidays)
Passport applications may be lodged by appointment only.
Notarial and documents services are provided on a ‘first come first served basis’.
Please note queuing times may be lengthy.
For prompt service please ensure you have all necessary supporting documents with you before you attend the Consulate.
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Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2013-14
Applications for the Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2013-14 are now closed.
Please note that for operational reasons the application process and relevant deadlines are different for the programs administered by the Australian Embassy and Australian Consulate-General. For information about the Direct Aid Program related to the Australian Embassy visit -http://www.vietnam.embassy.gov.au/hnoi/cooperation.html.
ATTENTION ALL VISITORS TO THE AUSTRALIAN CONSULATE-GENERAL
Please note: Airport style security screening is in place at the Australian Consulate-General.
As a condition of entry to the Consulate, visitors will be asked to turn off their mobile phones, and leave all cameras, computers, recording devices, other electronic equipment, sharp or dangerous objects, cigarette lighters, oils and liquids with the guards for collection when departing the Consulate.