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2015 Mining and Gender Study Tour: Three delegates from Madagascar represented the region.
Gender being an integral part of its development policy, the Australian Government regularly sponsors study tours in the context of women empowerment and capacity building programs.
A Mining and Gender study tour was held in March 2015 and this year, the focus was on making mining governance more gender sensitive and socially inclusive. The tour started with a Mining and Gender Forum, and community site visit in South Africa, before proceeding to Australia where participants had the opportunity to visit mining operations and meet with various Australian mining stakeholders including community groups.
Visiting FMG Pilbara mining site
Australia and Mauritius Cooperate in Renewal Energy
On 15th June 2015, Australian energy company, Carnegie Wave Energy Ltd, signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Mauritius Research Council which will focus on identifying the opportunities and development pathways for commercial wave energy plants for Mauritius, capable of providing a sustainable source of electrical power and desalinated water. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of the Hon. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation; the Hon. Premdut Koonjoo, Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands; Mr Tim Sawyer, CEO of Carnegie Wave Energy Ltd and the Australian High Commissioner Her Excellency H.E. Ms Susan Coles.
A half-day seminar was also organised on the same day to inform relevant stakeholders on the progress of wave energy and micro grid requirements and discuss the way forward for further opportunities for collaboration.
Madagascar- Australia Alumni Association: Open Day, 5 June 2015, Antananarivo
In the first event part of an ambitious program, the Australia Alumni Association of Madagascar « A3 Mada » held an open day in the presence of Malagasy Minister of Mines and Petroleum and other officials of both public and private sectors on 5 June 2015 at Panorama Hotel, Antananarivo.
The event was an opportunity for A3 Mada to officially launch its website and for its members to make presentations on their Australian experience and their post- award achievements in their respective careers.
The A3-Mada was launched during the visit of Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Julie Bishop to Madagascar in September 2014 .
Mr Désiré Alphonse Rakotondravaly President of A3 Mada addressing the floor
H.E Mr Joëli Valérien Lalaharisaina, Minister of Mines and Petroleum listening to a presentation by Australian alumni
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.
Visit to the Seychelles of Royal Australian Navy Rear Admiral Trevor Jones, OAM, Commander of the Joint Task Force 633 in the Middle East and Indian Ocean
The visit to the Seychelles of Royal Australian Navy Rear Admiral Trevor Jones, OAM, Commander of the Joint Task Force 633 in the Middle East and Indian Ocean this week was a great success. It was an opportunity for the Seychelles to express its appreciation to the Australian Government for its role in assuring the maritime security of the Indian Ocean. Admiral Jones, for his part noted Seychelles' leadership role among African nations and small island states, in particular with new initiatives such as promoting the Blue Economy globally, renewable energy and the development and promotion of a regional approach to combatting transnational crime. Discussions with new Home Affairs Minister Bastienne and new Foreign Minister Morgan presented allowed for updates on anti-piracy initiatives and new regional threats of narcotics, arms and people trafficking.
Two of four newly appinted Mininsters of the Seychelles Government are Australian University Alumni. Minister Charles Bastienne, new Minister for Home Affairs, seen here meeting Australian Admiral Trevor Jones, completed his MBA at Murdoch University, Perth. Minister Michael Benstrong, in the new portfolio of Investment, Entrepreneurship Development & Business Innovation (at Right), is an Alumni of Edith Cowan University. These links will further strengthen the warm relations and cooperation between our two countries.
Official Visit to Comoros by Ambassador Coles
Ambassador Coles who was on an official visit to the Comoros from 4 to 7 May 2015, called on new cabinet ministers and other dignitaries in the context of bilateral relations and regional cooperation.
A four-member team of Australian NGO- Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA) led by Dr Lachlan Milne was in the Comoros for orthopaedic operations and training of local staff. During a visit to El Maarouf hospital in Moroni, Ambassador Coles had the opportunity to get a first-hand perspective of the tremendous work being done by the ADFA team.
Another highlight of the visit was the presentation to Mrs Sitti Chihabiddine, Director of Vaniacom, a booklet “Empowering women” published by the Australian Government on the occasion of the 2015 Women’s International Day featuring leading women entrepreneurs who benefited from Australian gender empowerment programs across the world. As one of the prominent and successful entrepreneurs of the Indian Ocean, Mrs Chihabiddine's profile is included in the booklet.
Visit to flower nursery and florists near Moroni
Ambassador Coles also visited several women led initiatives and met with executive committee members of ‘Entreprendre au Féminin aux Comores EFOICOM’ network and the chairperson of the “Mouvement des Entreprises Comoriennes (MODEC)” in Moroni.
Aride Island Nature Reserve Solar Energy Project with the Australian High Commission, WHL Energy and UNDP-GEF
The Australian High Commission, WHL Energy (Perth), and UNDP-GEF have joined forces with the Seychelles Island Conservation Society who own and manage the Aride Island Special reserve. The project goal has been to make this isolated bird conservation settlement self-supporting with solar energy for the rangers and volunteers houses and researchers' energy needs.
The wonderful team of ICS employees and volunteers who are preserving this jewel of the Indian Ocean for birdlife, turtles, endemic plants ...and ensuring it is clean and green with only renewable energy
2015 Reintegration Workshops in Australia
Semester One Reintegration workshops for graduating students were held in April in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane. Awardees from a variety of Australian institutions were invited to attend, including 5 from Mauritius and Seychelles. At the workshops, Awardees were given the opportunity to reflect on and modify their reintegration plans through the Reintegration Planning Portal, ensuring alignment of Award- acquired skills and knowledge with their planned development contributions for implementation on return home. In addition, they were able to further build their soft skills in areas of leadership, managing resistance to change, and stakeholder communication.
The workshops also provided Awardees with detailed information on their Alumni transition, including opportunities for engagement as part of the Alumni Network across Africa. For graduating scholars from Mauritius and Seychelles, active Alumni Associations already exist in their home countries
Anzac Day 100 Commemorated in the Indian Ocean.
A very moving service was held in Mauritius today at the Phoenix Cemetery, to mark the 100th anniversary of ANZAC Day. Mauritians who served in Gallipoli with the AIF & NZIF were remembered. At the graveside of the sole ANZAC laid to rest in Mauritius - World War Two Royal Navy Bandsman Arnold Pearce Partington, the Ode to the fallen was read, and a wreath with Eucalyptus and Roses was laid. The words of Arnold's niece Jenni, with whom High Commissioner Coles spoke this week by telephone at her home in Queensland, added a special personal link to this Mauritian-Australian story. "My Dad Perce, who himself survived the sinking of his navy ship and 3 years as a POW on the Burma Railway would be so moved to know his brother is being honoured today so far from home."
After Saturday's service. in Mauritius, H E Coles and Political & Public Affairs officer Yasmina Hosanoo flew to the Seychelles in order to have a second ANZAC service on Sunday morning, April 26. The service and gunfire breakfast to follow was well attended by the Australian and New Zealand communities in the Seychelles, with Kiwi Jessica Kerr laying the wreath on behalf of her countrymen and women.
ANZAC Day Service Eden Island, Seychelles, commemorating 100th Anniversary of Gallipoli landings, Seychelles, April 26,2015
From left to right:Australian secondees to Seychelles Revenue Commision and visiting Tax Colleague.Consular wardens
Australian Higher Education and Charles Telfair - a strong partnership
HE Coles gave the keynote address at the CTI- presentation of Western Australia’s Challenger Institute of Technology and
Central Institute of Technology Diplomas ceremony on Thursday 16 April, 2015.
Australian Festival 2015 in Images: A Great Success
High Commissioner Coles with guests from Australia at the launching of the Australian Festival at the Labourdonnais Hotel
From left to right: Australian author Robyne Nelson presenting her book. Australian chef Chris Taylor from Fraser's restaurant, Perth and Krys Smith, wine maker from Adelaide.
Trio magellan performing at the Australian cultural evening at Moulin Cassé
From left to right:Public performance by Heath Bergersen at the Cascavelle Shopping Centre. Excellent performance by Trio Magellan at the Conservatoire Francois Mitterand
High Commissioner Coles with President and Vice President of SACIM (Society for Children inoperable in Mauritius) at Australian charity dinner.
Macquarie Bank and Mauritius Government Letter of Intent on Offshore Oil Bunkering Project Announcement: 26 March 2015
The Australian High Commission in Mauritius is pleased to announce today that leading Australian quoted investment private bank Macquarie has today received a formal Letter of Intent from the Mauritian Government inviting them to establish offshore oil bunkering facilities here in Port Louis. The project is valued at $100 Million Australian Dollars.
At a ceremony attended by the Hon. Ashit Gungah Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Consumer Protection; Officials of the Ministry of Finance; the Mauritius Ports Authority and HE the Australian High Commissioner Susan Coles, a copy of the Letter of Intent signed by Minister Gungah has been handed over to Macquarie Project Leader, John Young.
The ceremony was also attended by Macquarie’s local partner Scott Shipping, and Atlantic Energy Consulting, who have been the promoter of this project.
HE Susan Coles said after the ceremony: “We welcome this project which will really put Mauritius on the Indian Ocean shipping and bunker trading map. This partnership between Mauritius and Australia’s Macquarie Bank, which has funded and managed multiple major infrastructure projects internationally and was selected by the World Bank in 2014 as a global infrastructure partner of choice, is one of the first concrete, commercial projects announced under the port development pillar of the “Ocean Economy.” This will bring our close bilateral ties as partners in Indian Ocean maritime trade and shipping, and as fellow members of Indian Ocean Rim Association, which Australia currently chairs, even closer.”
The development of this project, following a lengthy bilateral consultation process, has been a matter of keen interest to the Australian High Commission as part of its economic diplomacy strategy in Mauritius. During her visit to Mauritius last year, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop engaged with Mauritian authorities on the Ocean Economy, including at a major event also attended by the Ports Authority, private sector and IORA representatives.
HE Coles added: “I know Minister Bishop will welcome the progress in this project today. The signing of the Letter of Intent this week, is especially auspicious as it is “Australia Week in Mauritius,” with our major festival promoting our trade, cultural, education and commercial ties; and also Budget week, with Minister Lutchmeenaraidoo focussing on the Ocean Economy on Monday night.” She added “today’s development really shows that Mauritius, with its new pillar of the Ocean Economy is “open for business.” Development of the port and related services for maritime traffic in the Indian Ocean will create major opportunities for Mauritian SMEs, and many new jobs. And Australia and our Macquarie Bank are pleased to be a part of that. ”
Seychelles Women in Police Network Celebrates International Womens’ Day
To celebrate IWD in the Seychelles, the Women in Police network, launched with Australian support last year (by AFP Agent Tina Westra and Seychelles Superintendant of Police Christel Marie with the support of Australian Customs official Amanda Skinner) held a series of workshops and activities. About 20 female police officers held a working bee in the garden of the Seychelles Aged care village and then decorated the grounds. A lunch to celebrate was held with the police women, elderly women residents and their carers, around fifty attendees, including the Police Commissioner Ernest Quatre.
Australia celebrates International Women's Day in the Indian Ocean
When the High Commission in Port Louis was asked by Canberra to nominate women in the Indian Ocean who have achieved highly in their fields and epitomise Gender Empowerment in action, we nominated three from our patch. Professor Romeela Mohee, who has a string of firsts - First woman Lecturer and Dean in Engineering at UM, first woman Vice-Chancellor in Mauritius and a passionate believer in education for girls and women in the sciences and technical fields. In Madagascar, Daniella Randriafeno, Former Minister of Mining and now Executive Secretary of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Madsgascar. Then there is Madame Sitti Chihabiddine, an entrepreneur who runs the only female-led export business in the Comores Islands. After learning English on an Australia Award Scholarship she is now exporting Vanilla to Australia, Europe and Japan.
All three were chosen, from dozens of nominations made by our High Commissions and Embassies around the world, to be among the 20 stories of empowered women featured in booklets, schools kits, and social media of the Australian Foreign Ministry, in celebration of International Women's Day.
Celebrating International Women’s Day with Women in Uniform Network
The Australian High Commission sponsored Women in Uniform network, founded one year ago on International Women’s Day 2014, visited the USS Oscar Austin DDG 79 Naval Vessel, of which the Second in Command is a Woman in Uniform, Commander Janice Smith, Executive Officer. She has around 55 women on board the vessel, and members of the Mauritius Women in Uniform network were impressed and inspired by the variety of their roles, from intelligence offices to engineers and weapons “Firing” officers.
The visit was arranged in conjunction with the US Embassy in Mauritius, who have also been lending their strong support to the WIU network, with special thanks to Jennifer Cartaino NCIS and Andy Frost, Security officer
Australia Day Celebrated in Mauritius
Official Australia Day toast - From left to right: Foreign Minister, the Hon. Etienne Sinatambou; Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Sir Anerood Jugnauth; President, H.E. Mr Rajkeswur Purryag and H.E. Ms Susan Coles
H.E. Ms Susan Coles and her spouse, Prof. Daniel Fitzpatrick welcome Foreign Minister, the Hon. Etienne Sinatambou
Australia Day Speech - From left to right: Foreign Minister, the Hon. Etienne Sinatambou; Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Sir Anerood Jugnauth; President, H.E. Mr Rajkeswur Purryag and H.E. Ms Susan Coles
The Speaker of the National Assembly, the Hon. Mrs Maya Hanoomanjee accompanied by her spouse and guests
High Commissioner Coles met New Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands
On 20 January 2015, HE Coles presented booklets of the University of Western Australia's Centre for Indian Ocean to the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands, the Hon. Premdut Koonjoo. An MOU, focussing on the new Faculty of Ocean Studies of the University of Mauritius, was signed by Professor Collin, Deputy Director of the Oceans Institute of the University of Western Australia and Vice Chancellor Mohee of University of Mauritius during the Australian Mnister of Foreign Affairs visit to Mauritius in September 2014.
Australia Day, 26 January 2015
Future Chasers: Australian Experiences, Global Impact
As Australia Day approaches, Australia Unlimited has developed a dynamic social media campaign to let people of all nations learn more about the positive contribution Australians, and an Australian education, makes to the global community.
To mark this year’s Australia Day, Australia Unlimited is asking everyone to cast their minds forward to a future shaped and led by the next generation, exemplified by 19 ‘Future Chasers’.
A number of these ‘Future Chasers’ all of whom have studied in Australia,have supported or worked with local communities across Southern and East Africa.
Who are the 19 Future Chasers? Why have they been selected?
Australia Unlimited has partnered with Jan Owen and the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) to utilise their research into 15 young Australians of courage, imagination and will. These young Australians are extraordinarily talented, inspiring and hard-working young people achieving amazing things in fields such as philanthropy, industry, the arts, and technology.
They have also partnered with Future Unlimited, Australia's international education brand to profile four alumni who, having studied in Australia, are considered future chasers in their countries of Sri Lanka, Indonesia (and the USA), Malaysia and India.
These four young leaders are contributing locally and internationally, using Australian experiences and education to inform their own social impact and discovering a future of unlimited potential.
This brings us to 19 individuals. Together they are a diverse group who share much in commun: they'redigitally-savvy,tertiary educated and have astrong sense of community. But most of all they have an uncompromising resolve to contribute in a meaningful way to the world, as well as the place they love to call home.
These are our future chasers. Find their stories today at Australia Unlimited
Ambassador Susan Coles visited Madagascar from 3 to 5 December 2014.
Australia Awards Networking Workshop, 3 December 2014, Carlton Hotel, Antananarivo
At a workshop on the Australia Awards Africa held at Carlton Hotel, Antananarivo on 3 December 2014, participants comprising officials from the public and private sectors were briefed on the requirements for the Australian programmes. The workshop highlighted, inter alia, the masters’ level scholarships which have been opened for the first time to Malagasy candidates.
Following the workshop, the call for applications at masters’ level for Madagascar for academic year 2016, has been exceptionally extended to 16 January 2015.
In Antananarivo, the Ambassador also held follow- up meetings on a number of initiatives discussed during the visit of Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop MP to Madagascar in September 2014.
Ambassador Coles with participants of the University of Queensland MSEIM Group in Fort Dauphin
During her stay at Fort Dauphin (SE), Ambassador Coles accompanied a group tour of the University of Queensland/Australia Awards Africa Fellowship course on managing the Social and Environmental Impacts of Mining in Africa (MSEIM) to the Commune of Ampasy Nahampoana. This Commune has successfully implemented a participatory budgetary approach through the use of royalties and taxes derived from the mining sector.
Ambassador Coles at the QMM Mineral Sand Mining Site in Fort Dauphin
In Fort Dauphin, the Ambassador also visited the mineral sand mining site of QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM), a Rio Tinto/ Government of Madagascar joint venture and the NGO Azafady which is involved in poverty alleviation and conservation programmes in the region.
Work sample of St Luce Stitch-NGO Azafady DAP funded project
AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION PARTNERS WITH UK & SEYCHELLES IN COMBATTING GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
The Australian and UK High Commissioners to the Seychelles partnered with Genderlinks Mauritius, the Seychelles Ministry of Social Affairs & Gender, and the University of Seychelles, in delivering a workshop on 2-3 December on measuring gender based violence in the Seychelles, as part of the 16 days of International Action Against Violence Against Women. An attitudinal survey of 300 Seychellois, designed to give an indication about personal and community attitudes toward domestic violence, was examined and discussions held with the participation of social, education and gender sectors, faith leaders, independent researchers, the Seychelles Ambassador for Women and Children H.E.Erna Athanasius, police, officers from the National Statistics Office and NGOs. The law and social science faculties of University of Seychelles generously assisted with the survey and workshop and will be part of on-going efforts to address the challenges of identifying and addressing what is, unfortunately, a global issue. REFLECs3 kindly hosted the workshop at their facility in Victoria.
AHC Coles, Loga, UK HC Skoll and Seychelles Ambassador for Women and Children H.E. Erna Athanasius at reception for Empowering Women in Business events at UK HC Residence
AHC Coles speaks at opening of Genderlinks workshop, held at REFLECS-3
Loga Viraswahmy and Marie-Josee Bonne, Special Adviser in the Department of Social Affairs addres the Genderlinks workshop
Australia Awardee – changing the mindset towards people with disability in the Seychelles
A 2015 recipient of an Australia Awards Scholarship to study a Master of Disability Policy and Practice at Flinders University in Australia Mrs Melina Amédée, a speech pathologist from the Seychelles, hopes to be a positive agent of change on her return.
Speaking on International Day of People with Disability, Mrs. Amédée outlined her passion to see her country address the issues and constraints faced by people with disability.
“As a speech pathologist at the main hospital in the Seychelles, I work with people with disability on a daily basis so I am constantly exposed to what they face, which is how I developed an interest in this area,” Mrs Amédée said.
“In the Seychelles there is definitely a lack of trained expertise in the area of disability-inclusion, specifically to ensure that people with disability have the same right, opportunities and quality of service as their able peers. On completion of my Award, I want to be the person who comes back to my country, to bring forth additional knowledge and skills and promote inclusivity; be an agent of positive change.”
Mrs Amédée said she felt blessed to be awarded an opportunity to study in Australia; one of the few countries in the world she believes is working hard towards disability-inclusivity.
She said disability inclusion and, more broadly, social inclusion, was still a new concept in the Seychelles but that the Government had recently approved an inclusive education policy, which she had input into. The policy is yet to be legislated.
“As the world’s population grows, the number of people with disabilities increases, hence it is pivotal that we strongly consider social inclusion policies and practices, and as Awardees we should take what we learn in Australia and implement these in our communities and countries on our return” commented Mrs Amédée.
She further added that “when given the appropriate support, and when necessary modifications are made to their environments, people with disabilities are able to show their potentials and contribute immensely, and sometimes they perform better than their able counterparts. It is time to change our mindset about people with disabilities.”
High Commissioner Coles and Australia Awardee, Melina Amedee visit the School for the Exceptional Child
Further information on the Australia Awards Program is available on www.australiaawardsafrica.org
Australia Awards – fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa
With approximately 24.7 million people in sub-Saharan Africa living with HIV, the Australian Government’s commitment to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS on the continent, and reducing the stigma associated with it, is underlined by its investment in Australia Awards Scholarships and Fellowships.
The Australia Awards are training more African health professionals to assist in the prevention and management of HIV/AIDS in their countries through the provision of Masters-level scholarships with a focus on public health. More information
Australia Awards Masters in Madagascar
Australia Awards will be available for Malagasy to undertake Masters level studies in Australia from the first time for the academic year 2016-17. A workshop to promote the awards will be held in Antananarivo on 3 December. For further information go to www.australiaawardsafrica.org or Email:email@example.com
Australian Awards Alumni Ambassador in Madagascar Désiré Rakotondravaly is seen here promoting the awards at a Ministry information session held recently in Tana. The Alumni Awards position is a voluntary role held by a past Awardee to share experiences of applying for the Awards and studying in Australia.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women / White Ribbon Day
Australia has zero tolerance for violence against women, both in Australia and internationally. To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day, hear from Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls about what Australia is doing to end violence against women around the world: www.youtube.com/watch
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women/White Ribbon Day in Mauritius, High Commissioner Coles hosted an Afternoon Tea at her residence for representatives of Women's NGOs, Women in Uniform, the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development & Family Welfare, Women Ambassadors and Members of the Diplomatic Corps.
In the Seychelles this week, the Australian and UK High Commissions are collaborating with the Gender Ministry, Genderlinks and the University of the Seychelles to present a workshop on measuring Gender Based Violence in the community from 2 - 3 December 2014.
These activities form part of the 16 Days of International Action Against Violence Against Women commencing on White Ribbon Day and concluding on International Human Rights Day (10 December).
On 100th Anniversary of World War I, Australia joins in Honouring Mauritian and Allied Soldiers on Remembrance Day
Australian High Commissioner Susan Coles laid flowers on the grave of Australia's sole serviceman buried on Mauritian soil at the Phoenix cemetery on November 11 at a Remembrance Day service organised by the UK High Commission and attended by Mauritian servicemen, Foreign Minister Dr Boolell, Archbishop Ian Ernest and other members of the diplomatic corps. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, but is an opportunity to commemorate service men and women in all conflicts. Bandsman A. P. Partington from Tasmania buried at Phoenix cemetery died while serving on HMAS Canberra in 1941 in the Indian Ocean. The Australian High Commissioner also participated in the Remembrance Day Sunday service at the St James Cathedral and the War Memorial commemoration at Curepipe.
Preparations are already underway for the 100 year commemoration of the landings at Gallipoli in 1915, to be held in April 2015. The High Commission would like to hear from you if you have an Australian - Mauritian Australian - Seychellois or other regional family link or story to contribute to a short publication marking the World Wars in the Indian Ocean. Please send details and your contact to
Australian High Commission Notices:
Australia Awards Call for Applications - APPLY NOW!!!
The call for applications for the 2015-16 Australia Awards academic intake, for Masters and short course awards, opened on 1 September 2014. On-line applications can be made by choosing your country via the Australia Awards in Africa website: www.australiaawardsafrica.org.
New Alumni Associations in the Indian Ocean
During the visit of the Australian Foreign Minister the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, two new Australian Alumni Associations were launched in Madagascar and Mauritius. This followed the recent launch (in August, during the Australian Parliamentary visit) of a new Australian Alumni Association in the Seyy visit) of a new Australian Alumni Association in the Sey