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Australia Caribbean Alumni Newsletter 2017

Dear Friends,

I am happy to bring you our latest Australia Caribbean Alumni Newsletter.

Inside this edition, you’ll find news of our Alumni Symposiums on the management of sports and coral reefs which took place in St Lucia and Jamaica respectively.

We hope you find it interesting. Happy reading!

ACA Newsletter 2017

2017 Bennelong by-election

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.

For more information, visit the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au/Bennelong or contact the AEC via email (info@aec.gov.au) or telephone +61 2 6113 4777 or +61 2 6160 2600.

Frequent Traveller Passports (FTPs)

Frequent Traveller Passport (FTP) applications will no longer be accepted in Australia or overseas from 1 December 2017. The overall demand for FTPs has decreased as more countries are issuing electronic visas.

Please see the attached flyer and discuss options on replacement passports with your nearest diplomatic mission.

2017 New England by-election

A by-election for the federal electoral Division of New England in New South Wales will be held on Saturday 2 December 2017.

You can check if you are enrolled in the Division of New England, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AEDT Friday 3 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.

For more information, visit the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au/new-england or contact the AEC via email (info@aec.gov.au) or telephone +61 2 6113 4777 or +61 2 6160 2600.

Renewal of Australian Passports

The Australian High Commission is pleased to announce that Australian citizens wishing to apply for or renew their Australian passports can now do so at two of our newly accredited Honorary Consuls in Barbados and Jamaica in addition to our High Commission in Trinidad. Recent legislation has made it mandatory that all applicants present for an interview at their nearest/most convenient consulate or embassy.  If you wish to apply for or renew your passport at one of our Honorary Consuls, kindly contact our office in Port of Spain for additional information.

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.

Direct Aid Program (DAP) Round 2017-18

The application period for the 2017-2018 DAP funding round is now CLOSED and the assessment process has commenced. Successful applicants will be contacted in due course. We thank everyone for their interest in DAP. 

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities managed by Heads of Australian Missions in approximately 66 countries.

Ten countries in the Caribbean region are eligible for DAP funding:

Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname. 

Visit our DAP Page for more information on the application process.

Direct Aid Program (DAP) - 2016-17 Recipients

The Australian High Commission in Port of Spain is pleased to announce the recipients of the Direct Aid Program (DAP) for Financial Year 2016-17. A total of 36 projects (including one multi-country project), were funded in nine (9) ODA-eligible countries in the Caribbean.

Water and sanitation, health, agriculture, coral reefs, climate change and capacity building were among the thematic areas of focus. We congratulate all recipients. See the full list here.

National survey on same sex marriage

The Australian Government will proceed with the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey of all Australians on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll.  Arrangements will be put in place to allow eligible Australians living overseas to participate in the survey. Further details of these processes will be released on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website (www.abs.gov.au) as soon as they are finalised.  To be eligible to participate in the survey you must be enrolled with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) by 6pm (AEST) on 24 August 2017. Those living overseas need to ensure that they are correctly enrolled as an Overseas Elector. To enrol or to check or update your enrolment visit the AEC website (www.aec.gov.au) or call +61 6160 2600. You cannot enrol or check your details via the High Commission.  For further information - including instructions on survey participation and key dates - visit the ABS website or call +61 2 6252 5262.

Notarial service fees to increase from 1 January 2017

Notarial service fees will increase from 1 January 2017.  Notarial services fees have not increased in 16 years.

From 2018 onwards, notarial service fees will increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

For some services, there may be free alternatives available such as witnessing of documents by medical practitioners or police officers.

Please see here for the new fees.

Australia gives A$2.5 million Humanitarian Assistance to Haiti

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, announced a $2.5 million (US$1.9m) package of humanitarian assistance for Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Funding will go to UNICEF (A$1.5 million) to respond to the threat of a cholera epidemic and International Organisatin for Migration (A$1 million) to provide shelter services to affected Haitians.  Australia will partner with RedR Australia to provide Australian humanitarian experts on the ground in Haiti to support the international effort.  The Australian High Commission in Port of Spain has also partnered with Plan International in Haiti to distribute hygiene kits and clean water to 800 affected families.

Australia's assistance will support the international response to Haiti, led by the UN and leading regional donors, to address the most urgent needs of affected Haitians.

Haïti: l’Australie alloue A$2.5 millions d’aide humanitaire

La ministre des Affaires étrangerè de l’Australie Julie Bishop a annoncé que 2,5 millions de dollars australiens (US$1,9 millions) seraient dédiées à l’aide humanitaire en Haïti suite à l’ouragan Matthew.

Les fonds seront destinés à l’UNICEF (A$1,5 millions) et à l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations (A$1 million) et serviront à lutter contre une épidémie de choléra menaçante et à aider les haïtiens à se reloger.  Les experts de l’aide humanitaire de l’association RedR Australia se rendront sur le terrain pour soutenir les efforts de la communauté internationale.  La mission diplomatique australienne de Port d’Espagne (Trinité-et-Tobago) travaille avec l’association Plan International à Haiti pour distribuer des kits sanitaires et apporter de l’eau propre aux 800 familles touchées par l’ouragan.

L’aide de l’Australie vient renforcer la réponse internationale sous l’égide des Nation Unies et des principaux donateurs de la région, dans le but de répondre aux besoins les plus urgents des Haïtiens touchés par la catastrophe. 

Direct Aid Program (DAP) Round 2016-17

The application period for the 2016-2017 DAP funding round is now CLOSED

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities managed by Heads of Australian Missions in approximately 66 countries.

Nine countries in the Caribbean region are eligible for DAP funding:

Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname 

Visit our DAP Page for more information on the application process.

Australia-Caribbean Alumni Newsletter

We are delighted to bring you the next edition of the Australia-Caribbean Alumni Newsletter.  In this bumper edition we share the stories of thirty scholars from the Caribbean region who journeyed to Australia to pursue their academic dreams.

Read of their exciting experiences while studying/researching in a variety of fields such as public health, architecture, water management, international relations, development economics, sport and forensic science.     

Our alumni comprise mostly of recipients of Australia Awards, Fellowships and Endeavour Awards.  We also encourage anyone from the Caribbean who has studied in Australia to join our alumni community.

We hope you enjoy the latest edition and welcome your feedback. Feel free to email us at ahc.portofspain@dfat.gov.au with your suggestions and ideas.

Happy reading!

ACA News Issue 3 (Part 1)

ACA News Issue 3 (Part 2)

Descendance returns to Trinidad for Heritage Week 2016

The Australian High Commission was proud to sponsor the return visit by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Group “Descendance”. The group joined other First Peoples from the region to celebrate Trinidad and Tobago’s Heritage Week from 9-15 October 2016.  Two members of the group, Mr Dion Drummond and Mr Emmanuel Daniel, participated in the week-long event, arranged by the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community of Trinidad and Tobago.  The duo took part in street parades and cultural exhibitions in Port of Spain, Arima and Chaguanas, contributed to discussions on indigenous rights and performed for prominent Trinidadians, including President Anthony Carmona of Trinidad and Tobago, school children and other visiting First Peoples.  See our Events page for more highlights from their exciting visit.

ANZAC Day 2016

See our Events page for pictures of ANZAC Day 2016.

Direct Aid Program (DAP) - 2015/2016 Recipients

The Australian High Commission is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) funding for FY2015-16. A total of 33 projects, including two multi-country projects were funded in 10 ODA-eligible countries in the Caribbean. Water and sanitation, reefs, health and agriculture were among the thematic areas of focus. We congratulate all of this year’s recipients. See the full list here.

Welcoming the New High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago

The Australian High Commission wishes to welcome John Pilbeam as its newly-appointed High Commissioner to Port of Spain and 13 other regional countries of accreditation. At the presentation of credentials ceremony held on Tuesday 16 February at President's House, St Ann's, John shared a few life lessons with students from Success Laventille Secondary School, Presentation College and other guests in attendance.                                                                 

Read more of  about the ceremony and Q&A in the link here.

Read more about H.E. Pilbeam here.