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The Hon Julie Bishop MP sworn in as Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Hon Julie Bishop MP has been sworn in as Australia’s 38th Minister for Foreign Affairs. Ms Bishop will assume this senior frontbench position at a critical time in international relations; when Australia is President of the United Nations Security Council, and as Australia assumes the Chair of the G20 in December. As Foreign Minister, Ms Bishop will lead Australian efforts to strengthen relations with our key partners and drive Australia’s contribution to global and regional forums. (more)
Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand
Mr Michael Potts is Australia’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, with concurrent accreditation to the Cook Islands. The High Commissioner's welcome message is available here.
Win a year of study in Australia
A year of study in Australia awaits the winner of an exciting online competition asking students to design digital postcards about their future and how an Australian education can take them there.
The main prize includes one year of study in Australia in 2014, including flights, tuition, accommodation, a stipend, an internship and more. (more)
The Australian High Commission on Facebook and Twitter
Pacific Sport 360 now screening in the Pacific
Australia Network's new television program, Pacific Sport 360, is now available in the Cook Islands and Niue. Celebrating the best of the Pacific’s sporting talent, the show is hosted by NZ-born actor and singer, Jay Laga'aia, and airs every Thursday night on the Australia Network. More information is available here.
Superannuation portability between Australia and New Zealand
Do you have superannuation savings in Australia? From 1 July 2013, superannuation funds became portable between Australia and New Zealand. For further detail, see this media release.
Information on how this arrangement affects Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) regulated super funds is available here.
Information for individuals regarding the portability scheme is available here.
If you have further questions regarding the portability scheme, please contact the Australian Taxation Office directly on +61 2 6216 1111 or visit www.ato.gov.au.
HELP for New Zealanders who grow up in Australia
Then Tertiary Education Minister Craig Emerson announced that from 1 January 2015, New Zealanders who grow up in Australia will become eligible for the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) for tertiary education or vocational training. This means thousands of young people who until now had no access to student loans for university study will be able to apply for the assistance. More information is available here.
Passport and notarial fees effective from 1 September 2013
Protect yourself from migration fraud
Protect yourself from migration fraud and keep yourself safe online by being aware of the ways people may try to take advantage of you or your situation.
Visit the Australian Immigration website for information on what you need to know and how you can help http://www.immi.gov.au/migration-fraud/
Getting Help to Apply for a Visa
Avoid fraudulent activities and scams by using the many departmental resources available to help you apply for a visa. These include application forms, booklets, the Visa Wizard, translation and interpreting services and the department's Service Delivery Partners. Immigration assistance can also be provided by community organisations and registered migration agents.
Australian Aid Programs
A list of Australian Aid programs is available here.
Reminder about validity of passports when travelling to Australia
Australia requires that your passport must be valid only for the period of your intended travel in and out of Australia. There is no requirement for your passport to be valid for six months after your travel.