Australian High Commission
Mauritius
Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, Comoros, Reunion Island (consular)

 

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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. Instructions on survey participation will be published on the Australian Bureau of Statistics ( ABS) website

 

Australia’s new High Commissioner, HE Ms Jenny Dee, is accredited to Seychelles

 

Australia’s new High Commissioner to Seychelles, HE Ms Jenny Dee, presented her credentials to the President of the Republic, HE Mr Danny Faure, at a State House ceremony in Victoria on Tuesday 8 August 2017.  HE Ms Dee replaces Ms Susan Coles who recently returned to Australia.

 

Ms Dee said that she looked forward to fostering Australia and Seychelles’ warm relationship, building on our strong people-to-people links and enhancing cooperation in areas of common interest.

 

‘Australia and Seychelles have a long shared history and many common interests’, she said.  ‘I am particularly keen to work more closely with Seychelles on safety and sustainability in the blue economy, an area in which Seychelles is a world leader, Australia has cutting edge expertise, and our progress together will benefit the Indian Ocean region and beyond’. 

 

Australia and Seychelles also collaborate on customs and revenue management, good governance, maritime security, sustainable development and enhancing gender equality.

 

‘I also look forward to nurturing partnerships between our education, trade and investment institutions and to exploring cooperation in agriculture, health and innovation’ she said. ‘We share a love of sport and I believe that welcoming team Seychelles to the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018 will be a highlight of my tenure as High Commissioner’. 

 

Australia’s flagship scholarship program, the Australia Awards, is continuing to provide essential support to Seychelles in building capacity in priority areas and supporting reforms within departments and institutions. 

Ms Dee is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Director, External Budget Section. In Canberra Ms Dee has held a range of positions in DFAT, including as Director, Sri Lanka and Maldives Section; India Political and Regional Section; and Indonesia Economic and Transnational Issues Section. She has served overseas at Australia's missions in Jakarta and Harare.

Ms Dee holds a Master of Arts (Foreign Affairs and Trade) from Monash University and a Bachelor of Business (Journalism) from the Queensland University of Technology. She is married with two children.

 

Australia’s new High Commissioner, HE Ms Jenny Dee, is accredited to Mauritius

 

Australia’s new High Commissioner to Mauritius, HE Ms Jenny Dee, presented her credentials to the President of the Republic, HE Dr Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim, GCSK CSK, at a State House ceremony in Reduit on Thursday 27 July 2017.  HE Ms Dee replaces Ms Susan Coles who recently returned to Australia.

Commenting on her future plans as Australia’s new High Commissioner to Mauritius, Ms Dee said: “I look forward to further strengthening cooperation between Australia and Mauritius in the areas of the ocean economy, agriculture and food security, trade and investment, education and research, arts and culture, women empowerment and gender equality.  I am also interested in exploring new avenues of cooperation in the areas of sports (noting Australia’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2018), science and textiles and fashion.  We also have some exciting events ahead where we will celebrate our long-standing relationship - in 2018, we will be celebrating Mauritius’ 50 year anniversary of Independence and in 2020, we will mark 50 years of bilateral relations between our two countries.”

Australia and Mauritius enjoy warm relations based on strong economic and people-to-people links, particularly in education and marine economic activity.  Over the last few years, education and research institutions in Mauritius have built strong relationships with their Australian counterparts and developed innovative partnerships with the Australian private sector.  “I want to continue to support government research institutions and private sector to work together on the significant challenges of the 21st century.” said Ms Dee.

Australia is committed to working closely with Mauritius on maritime security, economic growth and sustainable development, including through the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), and the newly established Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub.

Australia’s flagship scholarship program, the Australia Awards, is continuing to provide essential support to Mauritius in building capacity in priority areas.  Australian skills and expertise are well-placed to meet Mauritius’ growing needs, particularly as it positions itself as a hub for the region.

A number of exchanges have also occurred over the last few years between Australia and Mauritius in the fields of land administration and management, maritime security and prison reform.   Ms Dee is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Director, External Budget Section. In Canberra Ms Dee has held a range of positions in DFAT, including as Director, Sri Lanka and Maldives Section; India Political and Regional Section; and Indonesia Economic and Transnational Issues Section. She has served overseas at Australia's missions in Jakarta and Harare.

Ms Dee holds a Master of Arts (Foreign Affairs and Trade) from Monash University and a Bachelor of Business (Journalism) from the Queensland University of Technology. She is married with two children.

Australia Awards -Africa Alumni Small Grants

 

Applications for the next round of the Australia Awards – Africa Alumni Small Grants (Round 2 – 2018) will open on 14 August 2017

 

Round 2 – 2018 will provide funding to Alumni groups under the following two categories:

  • Development Projects of Alumni groups / Alumni Communities of Practice

    Under this category, the Grant Scheme provides funding to assist groups of members or communities of practice to carry out activities that have a clear intended development benefit linked to the development objectives of their home country or region. The Small Grants will not be awarded to individual Alumni. 

  • Continued Professional Development (CPD) activities of Alumni Associations

Alumni Associations may also apply for the Small Grants to offer Continued Professional Development (CPD) activities for their members in collaboration and agreement with Australia Awards and the relevant Post.  The Grant Scheme provides funding to enable Alumni Associations to carry out once-off professional development activities which is to the benefit of the Alumni Association members and are shared with all Alumni who are interested. These training programs should be in cohesion with those of Australia Awards - Africa’s Alumni Engagement Strategy and agreed within the Alumni governance committee of an Alumni Association.

 

All nominations must be completed and submitted online by 29 September 2017, COB (17:00 – South Africa).  The link to the online application form is https://form.myjotform.com/70671788532566  (available from 14 August 2017).  Guidelines are available on the Australia Awards website at http://www.australiaawardsafrica.org/small-grants/.  

 

Appointment of an Honorary Consul in Madagascar

 

The Australian Government has appointed Scott Reid as its new Honorary Consul for Madagascar.

 

Scott Reid is an Australian Citizen originally from New South Wales. He works in the mining sector and has been a member of the Australian community in Madagascar for many years, serving as a consular warden for the past two years. In that capacity, he works closely with the Australian Embassy (Port Louis accredited to Madagascar) on issues in relation to mining, higher education, scholarships, consular issues and community events. Mr Reid’s wife is Malagasy and they have two children.

 

Around 1200 Australians have visited Madagascar in 2016; this number has been growing due to increased tourism, Australian NGO and volunteer activity, business interest and the number of Australian Universities delivering short courses and trainings. 

 

The Honorary Consul can now conduct passport interviews and provide consular assistance to Australian citizens in distress, under the overall responsibility of the Australian Embassy in Port Louis.

 

Contact details for the Australian Honorary Consul in Madagascar are as follows:

 

Mr Scott Reid,

Honorary Consul, Australian Consulate,

Building D1, Explorer Business Park,

Ankorondrano, ANTANANARIVO

T : +261 33 55 004 74 / +261 32 05 596 01

E: scott@aust-consulate-madagascar.com

 

Notarial service fees to increase from 1 January 2017
 

Notarial service fees will increase from 1 January 2017, following a recommendation from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Functional and Efficiency Review:

The new fee schedule takes into account the annual rate of inflation in Australia since fees were last increased, the growing cost of delivering notarial services and rising demand. 

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

http://dfat.gov.au/news/media-releases/Pages/notarial-service-fees-to-increase-from-1-january-2017.aspx
 

Direct Aid Program (DAP)

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: The High Commission is currently transitioning to a new on-line format for project proposals under its Direct Aid Program and expect to be able to commence receiving applications from organisations as from mid August 2017.

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.)

Further information on the Direct Aid Program, including project application forms is available on the Development Cooperation page of our website.  Public enquires can be sent to dap.portlouis@dfat.gov.au (Note: while email submission is preferred, please note that emails exceeding 4mb will not be received).

Note: Only successful applicants will be contacted.

 

 

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 www.passports.gov.au
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.