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Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) Round 2 Now Open!


Applications for Round 2 of the Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) are now open until 7 October 2016.

The Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) contributes directly to accelerating Australia’s collaboration with business to address development challenges in our region.

The BPP matches funding from business for projects that support commercial objectives whilst advancing Australia’s aid investment priorities, allowing Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to increase the number of its private sector partners, leveraging the experience and ability of business to address intractable development challenges.

Partnerships through the BPP will create scalable shared value partnerships that advance economic and social conditions in developing countries, based around three principles:


The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) country, regional or global development objectives achieved.


Increase in number of businesses partnering with Australia’s aid program.


Partners’ commercial interests and social impact advanced.

Priority Areas for Sub-Saharan Africa

(including Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros and Seychelles):

  • Agriculture, Agribusiness, Agricultural Supply Chains
  • Aid for Trade and public policy capacity building
  • Energy
  • Extractives
  • Mining and mining-related Infrastructure
  • Oceans, Fisheries, and Aquaculture
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Capacity Building
  • Women's Economic Empowerment - all sectors


Further information on the BPP, including guidelines and application forms are available on


Australia and the Association Mauricienne des Femmes Chefs d’Entreprise partner for Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Indian Ocean

Following the successful launch of their Coaching and Mentoring programme for women entrepreneurs in the Indian Ocean in the Seychelles, Mauritius and Rodrigues in 2015, the Australian High Commission and the Association Mauricienne des Femmes Chefs d’Entreprise continued their programme today with a workshop on “Matching of Mentors & Mentees for Women Entrepreneurs in Mauritius”. This second stage of the project also included the launch of a manual for women entrepreneurs of the Indian Ocean. 

Participants included women working in the sectors of printing /graphic design; jewellery; food/snacks; textile factory ; beauty and hairdressing; training and coaching and import/export.

The Coaching and Mentoring program for women entrepreneurs in the Indian Ocean is a specially designed program aimed at accompanying women entrepreneurs to grow their existing enterprises, develop opportunities to move into main stream development and help them overcome barriers, allowing them to move from informal to more formal sectors, or for example, into export markets.

The programme is being run by leading Australian woman entrepreneur, Oceanic Regional Commissioner for the World Women Heads of Enterprises (FCEM) and Vice President for the International Alliance of Women, Ms Diane Tompson and Ms Aline Wong, Regional Commissioner for the Indian Ocean Region of the World Women Heads of Enterprises (FCEM).

Women entrepreneurs in Comoros and Madagascar will join the programme later this week as it is launched by the High Commission and Association Mauricienne des Femmes Chefs d’Entreprise in these two countries.



 (From L to R) - Mrs Margaret Pan Sin (Past President of the AMFCE), Mrs Marie France Chamary (President of the AMFCE), HE Susan Coles (Australian High Commissioner), Mrs Diane Tompson (Australian woman entrepreneur, Oceanic Regional Commissioner for the World Women Heads of Enterprises (FCEM) and Vice President for the International Alliance of Women) and Mrs Aline Wong (Regional Commissioner for the Indian Ocean Region of the World Women Heads of Enterprises (FCEM) with copies of the newly launched manual





Direct Aid Program (DAP) - Call for Applications




Applications for funding under the Australian High Commission's Direct Aid Program (DAP) are now opened.

The Australian High Commission encourages NGOs and local government agencies from Mauritius, Rodrigues, Comoros, Madagascar and Seychelles to send project proposals for consideration by latest 10 August 2016.

The Australian High Commission\'s Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants scheme designed to assist community organisations working in fields such as poverty alleviation, education, sanitation, health, human rights, rural development and conservation.

Projects must have a tangible and direct development outcome. Priority is given to proposals that help alleviate poverty in a sustainable way; contribute to skills development; promote women’s social and economic empowerment; address significant community health issues; and/or support the needs of children, youth, disabled persons and other disadvantaged groups.

Organisations can apply for funding of any amount up to AUD60,000 per project.

DAP funds are project based and ARE NOT used for items such as: salaries, purchase of property (including vehicles, land, or a building), rent, electricity charges, transport, international travel, office running costs, other administrative and organisational costs such as general promotion or monitoring and evaluation, micro-credit schemes, commercial ventures or cash donations.

Applications should be submitted in English and in French. Please complete the DAP Application Form that is located in the 'Development Cooperation section' of our website under the main menu and send this to the High Commission with requested information including any invoices / quotes for the items outlined in your proposal. (DAP normally operates by funding specific quotations. If this does not apply to your project please ensure that your proposal has a complete budget.)

Completed applications can either be mailed or sent by email to: The Direct Aid Program Coordinator, Australian High Commission, 2nd Floor, Rogers House, President John Kennedy Street; Port Louis, (Note: while email submission is preferred, please note that emails exceeding 4mb will not be received).

Note: Only successful applicants will be contacted.


Black Screen Africa Film Festival - Australia's First Indigenous Film Festival in Africa


The High Commission hosted the first Indigenous Film Festival in Mauritius from 1 - 3 July 2016.  It was exciting moment for the High Commission as we welcomed award-winning Australian film director, Rachel Perkins, as our special guest for the film festival.  Highlights of our festival included workshops run by Ms Perkins for university students and local film makers; a pubic talk by Ms Perkins before the screening of her docu-dram tv film, MABO and a special school screening of an Indigenous animated film.  A number of public screenings were organised around the island, including an open air screening at the Port Louis waterfront.

 It's was a great 3 days of inspirational films and rich exchanges. Thank you Mauritius and "rendez vous à l'année prochaine!"

We would like to thank our partner, the Mauritius Film Development Corporation and our sponsors:

- Air Mauritius
- La Sentinelle
- Event Creators
- University of Mauritius
- Charles Telfair Institute
- Le Caudan Waterfront
- Institut Francais
- Hotel Tamarin
- Porteurs d'Images




The Australian Government Congratulates Seychelles on their 40th Anniversary of Independence


 Australia conveyed congratulations to Seychelles on the celebration of their National Day of 29 June with a letter to President Michel from Australian Governor General His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).




Félicitations pour la Fête Nationale de la République de Madagascar




L'Australie a félicité la République de Madagascar à l'occasion de sa Fête Nationale du 26 juin par le biais d'une lettre au président Hery Rajaonarimampianina du Gouverneur général australien Son Excellence Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). Madame l'Ambassadeur S.E. Susan Coles a remis la lettre lors d'une rencontre avec le président en marge de la Fête Nationale, durant la récente conférence de l'ADFA.






Madame l'Ambassadeur S.E. Susan Coles félicite le peuple de la République de Madagascar pour La Fête Nationale du 26 Juin. Elle s'est jointe aux invités à  l'Ambassade de Madagascar sise à l'Ile Maurice à cette occasion. Une minute de silence a aussi été observée en mémoire des victimes de l'attentat à la grenade qui s'est malheureusement produit ce dimanche dans la capitale pendant les célébrations de la fête de l'indépendance.


Meeting the climate challenge for SIDS and Africa

20-21 June 2016


Her Excellency President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim welcomed participants at the international Women's Forum meeting held in Mauritius this week (20-21 June)  for a truly global conversation on the theme of "Meeting the Climate Challenge for SIDs and Africa". H.E. Coles and Australian Fair trade expert Ms Karen Mapusa joined speakers from across Africa and the Globe for debate, sharing and presentations on issues including the importance of Biodiversity; Water and Sanitation Challenges; the role of innovation in Agriculture; Womens' leadership in Health and STEM, and many more. The key message:  Women’s leadership, vision, and ingenuity are essential if we are to better protect the world’s biodiversity and advance climate action. Organisers have expressed interest in taking the forum to Australia in the future, following the success of meetings beyond the forum's home (Deauville, France), in locations so far including Dubai, Mexico and Mauritius (2016) and South Africa (2017). Stay tuned to continue the conversation for the Womens Forum on Economy and Society.





H E Susan Coles with Australian Fair Trade Ms Karen Mapusa




All Australian Rugby 10s Final in Mauritius! 


Perth's Western Force Emerged Triumphant in all-Australia Final of World Cup Rugby Tens held 18-19 June. While France, South Africa, Italy, and the Pacific were present for Mauritius' inaugural World Club Rugby 10s tournament on the weekend, Canberra's Brumbies were tipped as the side to beat. 


After an exciting day of international rugby, two Australian teams: ACT's Brumbies and Perth's Western Force met in the final. Although going into the final match as the 'underdogs', Western Force played amazing defense and showed great courage to emerge the winners. 


While Australian rugby was the victor, Mauritius played host to this fantastic new event and had a taste of world class international rugby at its best.

Following its success, this event should be a feature on the international sporting calendar for years to come. 

Congratulations to the Western Force, runners up the Brumbies, conference organizers and all the teams and their supporters!





Passport Services

From 1 July 2015 all passport applications must be lodged in person at the Australian High Commission. Applications sent by courier or post will not be accepted.
From 1 July 2015 all passport applications lodged outside of Australia will incur an additional processing fee of AUD100 (adults) or AUD50 (children). See more

Lodging your application

You will need an appointment to lodge your Australian passport application.
Applications may be lodged between 8:30 to 15:00 Monday to Friday
Please note that child applications should be lodged in person by a parent or person with parental responsibility for the child. The parent or person lodging the application is not required to be an Australian citizen, but will need to bring photographic proof of their own identity to the appointment. Children do not have to attend the lodgement interview.
Please contact us on +230 202 0160 to make an appointment.

To apply for a passport :
1. Complete your form online at
2. Print the completed application form, sign within the signature box and date
3. Obtain two passport photos (see photo requirements),
4. Contact us to lodge your application by appointment. Bring your signed form, photos, fee payment, most recently issued passport and any other necessary original documentation (as listed on the application form) to your appointment.

New passports are usually issued within 3 weeks of receipt of a complete application.