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Know Your Workplace Rights!
12 December 2017
Did you know every year almost 25,000 young Taiwanese travel to Australia to do a Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program? Taiwanese WHMs in Australia are protected by Australian law which regulates hours of work, salary, discrimination, etc. It’s important that you know your rights because we want all Taiwanese who visit and work in Australia to have a great time! Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is available to help with any concerns or problems you might encounter, and the FWO has Mandarin Chinese language service. Check out the FWO website:
International Anti-Corruption Day
8 December 2017
The United Nations has designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day, and will focus on corruption as one of the biggest impediments to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Australia is a strong supporter of international efforts to combat bribery and corruption. Our anti-corruption efforts support our security, economic diplomacy and development agendas. We strongly believe international action to combat corruption encourages economic development, improves public service delivery, strengthens the rule of law and helps level the playing field to assist business compete for opportunities overseas. More info: www.anticorruptionday.org Anti-Corruption Unit International Anti Corruption Day-2017 Anti Corruption International
The Tree Projects
8 December 2017
The Australian "The Tree Projects" team led by ecologist Dr Jen Sanger Jen Sanger and photographer Steven Pearce joined by a group of Taiwanese volunteers to have spent 17 days to produce a full-length portrait of three Taiwania trees at Qilan Mountain in northern Taiwan. The mission of “The Tree Projects” is to raise awareness of the world’s forests by capturing full images of their biggest trees from a level view point without distortion and to promote the conservation of our precious forests. You can learn more about this wonderful Australia-Taiwan collaborative project that has revealed Taiwan’s natural wonders to the world through photography from the latest National Geographic Magazine published in Taiwan and Hong Kong in December. More info: https://goo.gl/QuxNXt or www.thetreeprojects.com
People who help shape Australia’s place in the world
28 November 2017
Meet some of the people who help shape Australia’s place in the world, such as Taiwanese-Australian Katy Lin.
Working Holiday Maker photo exhibition ‘Land Down Under’ is now touring to Taitung
22 November 2017
After touring 11 stops around western Taiwan, our Working Holiday Maker photo exhibition ‘Land Down Under’ is now touring to Taitung as part of 2017 Taiwan Open of Surfing! The exhibition will be opened to the public from this Thursday (23) to 24 December at National Museum of Prehistory. The museum has also arranged a series of events such as showcasing the Australian surfing film 'Men of Wood and Foam’ on 9th of Dec. and ‘A Plastic Ocean’ on 20th Dec. Don’t miss out!
2017 Taiwan Open of Surfing and World Surf League Longboard Championship
20 November 2017
Ready for Australian cultural festival at 2017 Taiwan Open of Surfing and World Surf League Longboard Championship starting this week in Taitung? First time in partnership with Taitung County Government, our office will proudly present to you an exciting program of great music, good Aussie films and beach safety seminar from Surf Life Saver Scott Harrison from Surf Life Saving Queensland, Working Holiday Maker Photography exhibition and beach clean up activity. Please follow Taiwan Open of Surfing Facebook or Taitung County Government Facebook for more information. Come join us if you can!
2017 Bennelong by-election
15 November 2017
A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Bennelong in New South Wales will be held on Saturday 16 December 2017.
You can check if you are enrolled in the Division of Bennelong, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AEDT Monday 20 November 2017.
In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. If you will be overseas on by-election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia before you go.
Payment of Passport and Notarial Services at the Australian Office
14 November 2017
First ever joint customs operation prevents nearly 50kg of methamphetamine reaching Australian shores
9 November 2017
The recent “Operation Burnous” was the first ever joint operation between Taiwan Customs and the Australian Border Force (ABF). The operation sought to combat the movement of illicit narcotics and their precursors from Taiwan to Australia, in response to increasing detections. The operation was originally scheduled to run for eight weeks, but due to its success, it was extended for a further four weeks. During the operation ABF and Taiwan Customs focussed on high risk consignments across streams (such as air cargo and international mail). Intelligence on detections was shared in a timely manner to ensure officers in both agencies were keep abreast of concealment and other methodologies. During the operation Taiwan Customs detected in excess of 47.5 kilograms of methamphetamine in addition to other prohibited substances, bound for Australia. Taiwan Customs is a key strategic partner in the regional battle against the illicit drugs trade, particularly methamphetamine. Both agencies are committed to further joint initiatives in the future.
Australia announces permanent access to SmartGate channels for Taiwanese passport holders
6 November 2017
In great news for Taiwanese travellers, Australia will now allow permanent access to SmartGate (electronic) entry channels at Australian airports for Taiwanese passport holders. For more info ...
2017 Taiwan Pride Parade - Joint Press Release
27 October 2017
The 2017 Taiwan Pride Parade, the largest of its kind in Asia and one of the largest in the world, will take place on 28 October 2017. The representative offices of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the European Union will officially participate in the event to celebrate respect, diversity and most of all, Taiwan's open society.
The 21st annual Bilateral Economic Consultations
23 October 2017
DFAT Deputy Secretary Gary Quinlan was pleased to travel to Taipei to participate in the 21st annual Bilateral Economic Consultations (BEC), and meet Economics Minister Shen Jong-chin. The BEC is the highest level annual forum held between Taiwan and Australia, and has been invaluable to deepening our relationship and growing our economies.
Left to right: DFAT Assistant Secretary East Asia Branch Ms Elly Lawson; Australian Representative Cathy Raper; Deputy Secretary Gary Quinlan; Minister Shen Jong-chin; Vice Minister Wang Mei-hua; Taiwan Representative to Australia Elliott Charng; BOFT Director-General International Affairs GJ Lee, and TECO’s Frank Lu. Thanks to Taiwan for being such gracious hosts! For more info: goo.gl/uqNhPT
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.
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