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Australian Marriage Law Survey

6 October 2017

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has advised that the online survey form for people located overseas is now open. The form can be accessed at: https://marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au/survey

Further guidance on the online survey and other participation options for eligible Australians that are overseas continues to be available online on the ABS website at: https://marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au/overseas

General information on the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is also available at: http://www.abs.gov.au

 

 

Life After WHM Series: Salesman at Travel4U Travel Agency, Hannibal Wang

26 September 2017

Hannibal Wang who lives in Kaohsiung went to Australia to undertake working holiday maker program to look for adventures and new opportunities during 2013-15.  One of our colleagues caught up with Hannibal when she was undertaking a bike tour across Taiwan’s Eastern Valley. Find out more from the full interview.

 

 

Taiwan and the Sustainable Development Goals

15 September 2017

Congratulations Taiwan on your first voluntary review of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals! The SDGs were agreed on 25 September 2015, and are a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved by 2030. The seek to build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals. This amazing video showcases some of the progress Taiwan has made, and some of the beauty of Taiwan’s natural environment.

#SDGs #Taiwan4SDGs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lapVhuVvz20&feature=youtu.be

 

 

AO Ask Uniroos: Swim athlete Abbey Harkin

AO Ask Uniroos is a series of mini-interviews with Australian young athletes, administrative managers and local volunteers who are attending the Taipei 2017 Universiade. Let’s see what swim athlete Abbey Harkin (on right, next to Laura Taylor) said. Full interview

 

 

New Fair Work app launched

11 September 2017

Calling all Working Holiday Makers in Australia – did you know Fair Work Australia has just launched a new smartphone app? 

The app is available in traditional Mandarin characters (as well as 17 other languages!) and allows you to save your rosters, receive shift reminders, record your hours simply, take photos and save all your workplace documentation, and submit anonymous reports on any workplace issues you may be facing. 

Available on the App Store and Google Play for download now.  Further info and download available at: www.fairwork.gov.au/app

 

 

The 20th anniversary of the Brisbane-Kaohsiung sister city relationship and working holiday maker photo exhibition "Land Down Under"

8 September 2017

Our Representative Cathy Raper and the Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner in Taiwan Murray Davis went to Kaohsiung to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Brisbane-Kaohsiung sister city relationship, as well as the opening of our working holiday maker photo exhibition "Land Down Under". The exhibition will run until 17 September at Kaohsiung Main Public Library. Don't miss out!

 

 

 

AO Ask Uniroos: Kaity from the weight lift team

AO Ask Uniroos is a series of mini-interviews with Australian young athletes, administrative managers and local volunteers who are attending the Taipei 2017 Universiade. This time, we catch up with Kaity from the weight lift team. Full interview

 

 

AO Ask Uniroos: Taekwondo athlete Adam Meyers

AO Ask Uniroos is a series of mini-interviews with Australian young athletes who are attending the 2017 Taipei Universiade. We caught up with Taekwondo athlete Adam Meyers to have a chat. Full interview

 

 

 

AO Ask Uniroos: 文榮 from the admin team

AO Ask Uniroos is a series of mini-interviews with Australian young athletes, administrative managers and local volunteers who are attending the 2017 Taipei Universiade. This time, we catch up with 文榮. Full interview

 

 

AO Ask Uniroos: Ashley, Ben and Lana from swimming team

AO Ask Uniroos is a series of mini-interviews with Australian young athletes, administrative managers and local volunteers who are attending the 2017 Taipei Universiade. This time, we catch up with Ashley, Ben and Lana (left to right) from swimming team. Full interview

 

 

AO Ask Uniroos: The local volunteers Julia and Johnny

AO Ask Uniroos is a series of mini-interviews with Australian young athletes, administrative managers and local volunteers who are attending the 2017 Taipei Universiade. This time, we catch up the local volunteers Julia (left) and Johnny (right). Full interview

 

 

 

AO Ask Uniroos: Fiona Pelly, the nutritionist

25 August 2017

AO Ask Uniroos is a series of mini-interviews with Australian young athletes, administrative managers and local volunteers who are attending the 2017 Taipei Universiade. Recently we catch up the nutritionist Fiona Pelly (on right, next to Chef de Mission Liz Brett). Full interview

 

 

2017 Taipei Universiade - Australian Uniroos

22 August 2017

Australia is set to send the biggest Uniroos team ever, led by Sydney Olympian Liz Brett, to the Summer Universiade in Taipei! 186 student athletes are busy preparing for competition in Taipei from 19-30 August. Australia’s team will be the 11th largest, from a total of 170 teams.

The Australian Uniroos is the team identity for all Australian University Sport high performance teams representing Australia on the international stage. Across 16 different sports, the green and gold team includes Commonwealth Games swimming gold medalists Leiston Pickett and Ben Treffers, Olympians Michelle Jenneke (100m hurdles), Brittany O’Brien (Diving), Heming Hu (table tennis), as well as two-time Universiade bronze medallist Kiah Melverton (swimming).

Featuring more than 20,000 athletes, the Games are a crucial stepping stone for emerging young stars striving for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games or the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Our Australian athletes are all ready and so looking forward to enjoying Taipei and the hospitality of Taiwanese people. #GoUniroos 

 

 

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

11 August 2017

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: http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/home/AMLPS+-+Process

 

Information for Australians overseas: http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/home/AMLPS+-+Resources

 

Australian performing group at the 2017 New Taipei City Children’s Festival

11 August 20174

After an outstanding performing group and the winner of 2016 Gasworks Circus Showdown - TEOC Circus from Melbourne has been invited to present “Entropy” at the 2017 New Taipei City Children’s Festival last Saturday, another Melbourne-based performing group “Born in a Taxi” will present “the Curious Game” this Saturday at 5:30pm on 12 August as part of the New Taipei City Children’s Festival. The show has toured to South Korea and New Zealand with great success! Join us to find what the curious game is all about!  

For more info:      

http://www.nicholasclarkmanagement.com/curious-game.html

https://youtu.be/w7ZKxWll2Qg

 

 

Show off your Australian accent - Aussie Slang Video Competition

14 July 2017

G’day mates! To celebrate the Australian team coming to Taipei for the Universiade Games, we are running an AUSSIE SLANG VIDEO COMPETITION! Share your Australian accent and say some Aussie slang on video and win tickets to the Taipei 2017 Universiade! Fair shake of the sauce bottle, eh? That’s fair dinkum. Get on the blower and send us a video (up to 5 seconds or so) at WHMphotocomp@gmail.com

Every Wednesday between 19 July and 19 August, we will choose three weekly winners. We will publish the winning videos on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Each winner will get two tickets for the UNIVERSIADE GAMES to watch the Australian team play. If you are stuck for ideas, why not make a video cheering on the Australian team? Onya Aussie! Here is an example: https://www.facebook.com/australianofficetaipei/posts/1209774932502189

Note: By submitting a video to our competition, you are declaring that it is your own work; and that you agree for the Australian Office to use your video/s for all relevant purposes associated with the competition (including, but not limited to: printing and displaying the video/still images on our social media accounts, and using the video/still images in advertising material for this event’s promotion).

 

 

‘The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead’ by Australian playwright Robert Hewett is coming to Taipei

13 July 2017

We are excited to see that the play ‘The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead’ by Australian playwright Robert Hewett is coming to Taipei!

Rhonda Russell was so remarkable in every way. So she is the last person you would guess could commit an accidental murder. And who’s to know where the truth lies? Most serious occurrences in life are so open to interpretation… people see what they want to see. Who will YOU choose to believe?

Thank you Taipei Times for a great review: goo.gl/9dh7LV
Come along to the show’s opening night tomorrow, or another showtime! More info & tickets available at: www.accupass.com/go/bbvr

 

 

NAIDOC Week

6 July 2017

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. NAIDOC week serves to celebrate the amazing Indigenous Australian cultures, societies and peoples, and to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and challenges facing Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. National NAIDOC Poster Competition and the NAIDOC Awards recipients are selected by the National NAIDOC Committee, and a different city will host the annual National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony. This year’s topic for NAIDOC Week is “Our Language Matters”. More info: http://www.naidoc.org.au/ #NAIDOCWeek2017

 

Brown Paper Bag Lunch held by the Australian Office

6 July 2017

In the past, transferring money internationally meant waiting in lines, paying expensive fees, and waiting up to a week for the transfer. Nowadays, companies such as PayPal remove the has...sle and the cost associated with international transfers. This is just one example of FinTech at work. And, of course, there are other bigger issues underpinning digital payment such as how to ensure data traceability and integrity.

FinTech, was the hot topic at the first ‘Brown Paper Bag Lunch’ (BPBL) held by the Australian Office, Commercial Section. Keynote speaker Dr Cheng-Yun Tseng, Research Fellow at UNSW, shared his insights into the FinTech development in Australia and its implications for Taiwan. This was followed by a vigorous discussion among guests from public and private sectors including those from banks, academia and relevant industries; who suggested a follow up event to continue the discussion. In the future we hope to hold more BPBL events in areas such as FinTech, AgriTech, Education, Health, Innovation. If you’re interested in attending or have ideas for future BPBL event topics, please contact the Australian Office, Commercial Section.

 

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore

13 June 2017

On 2 JUNE 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore and set out Australia’s vision for the region.

You can watch the Prime Minister give his speech here: https://youtu.be/roqYz5gxPuU
Or you can read the Prime Minister’s speech here: goo.gl/jZzlAA

 

Lectures and workshops in heritage conservation and management in Kinmen

13 June 2017

A team from AusHeritage led by Sharon Veale, CEO of GML Heritage, will be visiting Kinmen and presenting a series of lectures and workshops exchanging knowledge and experiences in heritage conservation and management between Australia and Taiwan. This year marks the sixth AusHeritage mission to Kinmen highlighting the ongoing contributions of Australian heritage professionals to the Kinmen community. Join us to learn more about Australian cultural heritage at Kinmen on 15 – 16 June. To register for the event, please visit http://web.kinmen.gov.tw/Layout/sub_E/News_NewsContent.aspx?frame=81&NewsID=183990

 

Australia FinTech Expedition

31 May 2017

The Taiwan Academy of Banking and Finance (TABF) is organizing an "Australia FinTech Expedition", supported by the Australian Office Taipei, Commercial Section. Australia is one of the fast-growing FinTech communities in the world, and a proactive advocate for global industry standards and cooperation. The expedition will take participants to Australia’s finance capital Sydney; and will bring together key influencers from Australia and Taiwan.

Interested participants can follow the link to find further details and register for the expedition by 23 June 2017.

 

Movie Night Out - Australian documentary “Men of Wood and Foam”

12 May 2017

Taipei Universiade is putting on a Universiade countdown party, “Movie Night Out”, with a full program of sports films and documentaries from different countries. Australian documentary “Men of Wood and Foam” will be shown at 22:30 on 20th May at DaAn Park.

“Men of Wood and Foam” is about Brookvale surfers who transformed surfing into a sport and a subculture with its own music, movies, fashions and heroes. From primitive factories in a former market garden at Brookvale, bordering the favoured wave spots of Dee Why Point and Fairy Bower, these pioneers became known as “The Brookvale Six”. 

Men of Wood & Foam (60 mins) https://vimeopro.com/user9857775/men-of-wood-and-foam-sizzle-reel

More info on Movie Night Out: http://events.2017.taipei/activity/activity_20170419.html#A01

 

 

Working Holiday Makers are not impacted by Australia’s recent changes to its Temporary Work Visa (457 visa) scheme

4 May 2017

Given some confusion in news media reports, the Australian Office would like to clarify that Working Holiday Makers, including from Taiwan, are NOT impacted by Australia’s recent changes to its Temporary Work Visa (457 visa) scheme (see also: http://www.cna.com.tw/news/firstnews/201704180337-1.aspx). 

The working holiday maker program is completely separate and applications are made under a different category of visa (417 visa).  Taiwan WHM continue to be very welcome in Australia – so much so that we have no cap on the number of participants!  Further information is available here : http://australia.org.tw/tpei/Visas_and_Migration.html

The 457 visa will be replaced by a Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa scheme from March 2018.  This will affect a small number of prospective visa-holders from Taiwan. Further information on the change is available at: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/457-abolition-replacement.

 

Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa

20 April 2017

On 18 April 2017 the Australian Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.

Further information on key reforms is available at:  https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/457-abolition-replacement

 

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 http://aotw.setmore.com/

 

  

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

 

 

Useful Links

Commercial Section

Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Taipei