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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)

More info on Movie Night Out:




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: 

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 :

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:



Award-winning Australian author John Marsden will visit Taiwan on 7-9 May

1 May 2017

Award-winning and international best-seller Australian author and educator John Marsden will visitTaiwan on 7-9 May at the invitation of the Australian Office in Taipei, and deliver a talk “Life and Inspiration: from ‘Tomorrow Series” on Sunday 7 May 14:00 at the National Central Library in Taipei, to be moderated by well-known author in popular science Joann Chang.

Described as 'Australia's king of young adult fiction', John Marsden is the author of the “Tomorrow series”, the movie “Tomorrow When the War Began”, and the award-winning illustrated book “The Rabbits”, which was illustrated by Shaun Tan. John is also the founder of two alternative schools in Australia. John is looking forward to sharing with you all his life, work, inspiration, and all aspects of education. For registration for the talk: For more info: 




The 2018 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships round is now open

28 April 2017

Applications for the 2018 round of the Australian Government’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships and the Endeavour Mobility Grants are now open. These scholarships and grants support two-way engagement between Australia and the rest of the world by providing opportunities for Australian and overseas students, researchers and professionals to access learning and research opportunities. More information


ANZAC Day commemoration 2017

25 April 2017

The Australian Office staff led by Representative Catherine Raper joined the international community to mark ANZAC Day commemoration service this morning at the National Central Library in Taipei. The ceremony included the Laying of Wreaths, reading of poems, performances of ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Bagpiper’s Lament’ and singing of the National Anthems followed by a traditional ANZAC Day morning tea with rum, homemade ANZAC biscuits and meat pies to share with friends and colleagues.  




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:



Two Australian films screening in Taoyuan film festival

12 April 2017

Two Australian films, “Destination Arnold” and “The Legend of Ben Hall” are going to be shown in Taoyuan Film Festival which will be held from 12-25 May. We are glad to know the directors of both films will come to Taiwan and have talks after screenings.

Destination Arnold, directed by the documentary filmmaker Sascha Ettinger Epstein, is talking about two small-town Aboriginal women Tash and Kylene have had their fair share of hardship, heartbreak, and family tragedy. When they learn about Arnold Schwarzenegger's first ever Australian bodybuilding competition, they are finally able to regain a sense of purpose in their lives. Their road to championship is also a personal journey of self-discovery and self-reinvention. The Legend of Ben Hall, directed by Matthew Holmes, is based on true story and sets against the height of the gold rush in the 1860s. Ben Hall is drawn back into bushranging by the reappearance of his old friend. Reforming the gang, they soon become the most wanted men in Australian history.

These two films in very different styles will take you to know what Australian films are! Tickets and venues:

 (photo credit: Taoyuan Film Festival)



ANZAC Day ceremony on 25 April 2017

12 April 2017

An ANZAC Day ceremony will be jointly held by the Australian Office and the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office on 25 April at the National Central Library, Taipei.  The service will commence at 9am.  For details, and to register your interest, please see linked:


Australia Food Festival from 31 March  20 April

3 April 2017

City’super  is having an Australia Food Festival from 31 March  20 April.  Throughout the period, you could find a wide range of high quality and iconic Australian products for you to enjoy throughout the day.  Many of these products are new for the Taiwan market and exclusive for City’super.  Why don’t you drop by City’super over the weekend to pick up your favourite aussie food?

Please check out Citysuper website for more information:



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



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.



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:



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:

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

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