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ATTENTION: Transition of the Americas Service Centre to the Global Service Centre
The Australian Government Department of Home Affairs Americas Service Centre phone number numbers are no longer in operation. Home Affairs has a new Global Service Centre (GSC) providing longer opening hours and shorter wait times. For more information, visit Home Affairs or The Australian High Commission websites.
ATTENTION: Update on Australian Passport Photos
Screening of the film - 'The Last Goldfish'
"Can you ever leave your past behind?"
"Who gets to belong?"
These are just two of the questions posed in the Australian award-winning documentary film, The Last Goldfish, which will be screened in Port of Spain and San Fernando next month.
Film-maker Su Goldfish was born in Trinidad and Tobago, after her Jewish father fled the turmoil of pre-WWII Germany and found refuge in the only place that would take he and his wife without a visa: the faraway, tiny Caribbean island of Trinidad.
'The Last Goldfish' documents Su's search for her lost family and identity, and reveals the impact of war and displacement across generations.
The Australian High Commission is delighted to partner with the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago to be bringing Su Goldfish back to her birthplace to present the premiere screenings of 'The Last Goldfish' in Trinidad and Tobago - what a homecoming!
'The Last Goldfish' will be screened in Port of Spain on Wednesday 6 June at the Central Bank Auditorum (Eric Williams Plaza, Independence Square), commencing at 6.30pm.
We will also be hosting a special matinee screening of the film in San Fernando on Monday 4 June, with further details to follow.
Tickets are available for the Port of Spain screening by contacting the National Trust on 225 4750 or 706 6316; or visit www.nationaltrust.tt 🎥
ANZAC DAY 2018
The Australian High Commission invites nationals of Australia , New Zealand , Turkey and members of the public to an ANZAC DAY 2018 - Commemoration and Wreath Laying Ceremony - "100 Years of ANZAC: The Spirit Lives 2014 - 2018"
Frequent Traveller Passports (FTPs)
Frequent Traveller Passport (FTP) applications are no longer accepted in Australia or overseas (as of 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.
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) - 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.
Legalising documents / Notarial Services
The Australian High Commission in Port of Spain is able to provide a limited range of notarial services. These services are for Australian citizens, non-Australian citizens who hold a current Permanent Resident visa, and for other nationalities so long as the documents are for use in Australia. Consular fees are payable for these services and for some services, there may be free alternatives available such as witnessing of documents by medical practitioners or police officers.
If you have any queries, please contact us on 1 868 822 5450 during business hours.
From 2018 onwards, notarial service fees will increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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.
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.