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The Australian Office announced 2017 Australia-Taiwan Alumni Awards Winners

23 March 2017

Australia Representative Catherin Raper announced the winners of the 2017 Australia-Taiwan Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2017 Australia-Taiwan Young Alumni Award at a Gala Dinner on Sunday 19 March, attended by around 300 Australian Alumni from 18 Australian universities.  More...




The 2017 Australia-Taiwan Alumni Awards Dinner

17 March 2017

The 2017 Australia-Taiwan Alumni Awards Dinner will be held this Sunday 19 March in Taipei.  The Awards celebrate the success and achievements of Taiwanese Alumni of Australian educational institutions.  Awards will be presented in two categories:

The Australia-Taiwan Young Alumni Award honours a Taiwanese alumnus or alumna under the age of 40 who has exemplified the characteristics of integrity, initiative, innovation and leadership. 

The Australia-Taiwan Distinguished Alumni Award is Australia’s highest accolade for Taiwanese alumni who have demonstrated outstanding personal and professional achievements and significantly contributed to the community, their profession, and Alma Mater in Australia or Taiwan.

The full list of finalists


Remarks for International Women’s Day Breakfast

by Catherine Raper, Representative, Australian Office, Taipei

8 March 2017

My sincere thanks to you all for joining us at this morning to celebrate International Women’s Day!

I must say I am rather humbled to be addressing a room of such distinguished women.  There is an amazing amount of accumulated talent, experience and expertise in this room.  Therefore I am hoping that I won’t be the only one speaking today.  At the end of this presentation, in addition to the usual Q&A, I’d also like to invite you to share your experiences and advice with us all.  Please don’t be shy – I think it will make for a fascinating discussion.

Full speech



The Australian Welsh Male Choir's concert in Taipei

3 March 2017

The Australian Welsh Male Choir has travelled all the way from Melbourne to Taiwan to share with you all their music, repertoire included “I still call Australia home”, "Amazing grace", and popular Taiwanese folk songs "Dark Dark Sky" and "The Moon represents my heart". Their concert in Taipei will be held at 1:30pm in Taipei at Ta-An Presbyterian Church this Sunday 5 March. Free entry! Don’t miss out!



MOU signing of TAFE Queensland International and Changshu High School at New Taipei City

3 March 2017

Representative Catherine Raper was honoured to witness the MOU signing of TAFE Queensland International and Changshu High School at New Taipei City for the launch of a new experiential vocational learning centre. Students are able to earn credits when undertaking overseas courses at TAFE Queensland International. What a great partnership in vocational education between Australia and Taiwan.



Open call for “2017 Kuandu Residency Program”

22 February 2017

Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts now opens call for Artist-In-Residence projects to Taiwanese curators and artists. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) and Turner Galleries Art Angels Residency Program in Perth both provide opportunities and free accommodations. It is a great opportunity to stay one to two months in Australia to feel the spring breeze and magnificent nature scenes! Deadline is 5 March 2017. For more information, please check:



National TuKu Vocational High School of Commerce and Industry to work with TAFE Queensland towards setting up joint programs for its students to study in Australia

22 February 2017

Australian Vocational education and training is renowned for its quality to deliver world-class skills training through the partnership between governments and industry. In addition to the current collaboration between Taiwan’s Workforce and Development Agency and TAFE Directors Australia in training policy, the Australian Office has recently facilitated the National TuKu Vocational High School of Commerce and Industry in Yunlin to work with TAFE Queensland towards setting up joint programs for its students to study in Australia. The Deputy Representative of AO, Ms Eliza Chui, attended the signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions on 10 February that will bring increased opportunities and exposure to Australian education for students in Yunlin.



Australian Professors and Taiwanese students collaborated with the Orchid Research and Development Centre

15 February 2017

Taiwanese love orchids, and many Taiwanese grow the flowers. Australian Professor Dr Eleanor Gates-Stuart and the Orchid Team (Taiwanese students from National Cheng Kung University in Tainan) collaborated with the Orchid Research and Development Centre (ORDC) and Professor Hong-Hwa (Director ORDC). Together, they produced ORDC Mazoo, a mythological science/art spaceship laboratory, in sharing the knowledge of the wonderful Orchid plant species. More information:



The Australia-China Council​ (ACC) 2017-18 grant round will open on 6 February

18 January 2017

The Australia-China Council​ (ACC) 2017-18 grant round will open on 6 February. The grant seeks to encourage overseas projects and engagement by individuals and organisations interested in enhancing Australia’s bilateral ties with greater China region, including Taiwan, in the priority areas of arts and culture, education and economic diplomacy. The ACC grants are designed to provide seed funding to Australian organisations and individuals. We would not be able to invite Australian Indigenous band B2M to undertake a five-city tour in Taiwan last Nov if without ACC funding support.  For those who interested, please find out more info at



The world premiere of “Orb – an extraordinary lunar mystery” in Sydney on 29 April

16 January 2017

Congratulations to CloudGate2 Artistic Director Cheng Tsung-lung who will join the Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company Rafael Bonachela to present the world premiere of “Orb – an extraordinary lunar mystery” in Sydney on 29 April, then travel to Melbourne and Canberra.  This is the first time Cheng Tsung-lung’s choreographic work  “Full Moon” to be introduced in Australia. Friends in Australia or whoever will be travelling to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra between 29 April – 27 May. Don’t miss out.  For more info and ticketing:



Representative Catherine Raper's interview by ICRT Radio

12 January 2017

Representative Catherine Raper was recently given the opportunity by ICRT Radio to discuss the existing extensive Australia and Taiwan connections, and how they can be built on further to strengthen the relations even more in the wake of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy. Follow the link to listen to the interview “Looking South Episode #2” on ICRT Radio!


Australia and Taiwan signed a revised Air Services Annex

10 January 2017

Good news for air travellers! On 15 December 2016 Australian Office signed a revised Air Services Annex with Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration for further liberalisation of air services between Australia and Taiwan. The amended arrangements will provide for unrestricted capacity for flights from Australia to Taiwan, as well as open code share and intermodal services. Very timely, as latest figures show tourist numbers from Taiwan to Australia are up an impressive 30 per cent. We look forward to welcoming more tourists to Australia!



2017 Australia Day Reception Speech

Catherine Raper, Representative, Australian Office, Taipei

5 January 2017

Come join me on a journey of discovery!  A discovery of people, places and possibilities. For journeys of discovery are very much at the heart of the connections between Australia and Taiwan.

Full speech


Passport fees

14 December 2016

Passport fees will increase on 1 January 2017 in line with annual CPI indexation as announced in the Government's 2016-17 Budget.

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

For further details on these changes, please see Document Fees


Appointment booking

7 November 2016

The Australian Office will officially launch its online booking on Monday, 7 November 2016. Appointment bookings are required for passport applications and notarial services.  Clients should not attend the Australian Office without an appointment, except in cases of genuine emergency. Appointments can be booked here




Ask an Aussie:

New Colombo Plan student James Webster

Rose Vassel, the first New Colombo Plan Australian scholar to study and work in Taiwan

Jack Fisher, the Paralegal Assistant at Law Firm Winkler Partners



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