The Australian Government has released a Foreign Policy White Paper to forge a path forward for Australia’s overseas engagement in the next decade.
A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Bennelong in New South Wales will be held on Saturday 16 December 2017.
You can check if you are enrolled in the Division of Bennelong, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AEDT Monday 20 November 2017.
In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. If you will be overseas on by-election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia before you go.
You can apply for a postal vote by completing a ‘Postal Vote Application’ on the AEC website. You should ensure that you apply for a postal vote as soon as possible to allow enough time for the ballot papers to reach you overseas before by-election day.
Notarial service fees and passport and Consular fees has increased from September 2017, following a recommendation from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Functional and Efficiency Review.
The new notarial service fee and Passport and Consular fee schedule takes into account the annual rate of inflation in Australia since fees were last increased, the growing cost of delivering notarial services, consular services and the rising demand.
In late 2016, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Vanuatu's Heath Minister Jerome Ludvaune launched the $1.5 million Tupaia program to test a new mobile application that allows health officers to order and track medical supplies on their smart phones and tablets. The program is making great progress, with 150 health facilities already mapped and 300 health workers interviewed.
On 9 November, Australian High Commission staff met Vanuatu Government Senior Officers for annual aid high-level consultations. Almost a year after Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, signed the Australia-Vanuatu Aid Partnership Arrangement, our governments sat down together to discuss the progress of Australia’s aid program in Vanuatu. The talks highlighted many achievements over the past year.
Australia is Vanuatu’s main development partner with a $73 million investment in 2017-18 focussed on building resilient infrastructure and an environment for economic opportunity, improving early education and essential health services, improving community safety and resilience and supporting disaster recovery and reconstruction.
Are you a community group or civil society organisation in Vanuatu with a great idea for a project that could support your community? If so, you may be eligible for funding through our Direct Aid Program. The first round for 2017-18 is open now! Applications close 4:30pm on 30 December.