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Australian Update on COVID-19
Australian Border Restrictions
Australian borders are closed to non-citizens and non-residents until at least mid-May 2020.
Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members (spouse, de facto partner, provisional partner visa holder, dependant, legal guardian) will still be able to enter.
Exemptions to the border closures include:
· New Zealand citizens residing in Australia
· New Zealand and Pacific Island citizens transiting Australia en route to their home countries
· Air crew, including positioning crew and medivac crew
· Maritime crew visa holders en route to joining a vessel as a crew person
· Diplomatic visa/accreditation holders and their immediate families
· Medical visa holders.
Individuals with a compelling or compassionate need to travel to Australia may seek an exemption. See: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/coming-australia
All travellers arriving into Australia will be quarantined for 14 days in designated accommodation (e.g. a hotel) in their city of arrival. No on-travel is permitted.
Australia’s State and Territory Governments also have separate border protection measures in place. You should check relevant State or Territory advice before travelling domestically.
Temporary Visa Holders in Australia
Temporary visa holders in Australia who are experiencing financial hardship or do not have support in Australia are encouraged to return home where possible. .
The Australian Government has eased visa restrictions for Work Holiday Makers and international students to help them financially through COVID-19, including allowing:
· international students to work up to 40 hours per fortnight in critical industries including supermarkets, aged care and nursing;
· Work Holiday Makers to work more than six months with the same employer in critical industries, including agriculture, aged and childcare care, and health.
Learn more at: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/staying-australia
The Australian Government continues to advise Australians not to travel overseas. Australians already overseas who wish to return to Australia should do so as soon as possible on available flights. Those who cannot, or do not wish to return should follow local advice.
Australian response measures
Australia’s world-class health system is well placed to address the COVID-19 challenge, with flexible and scalable health emergency response options.
The Australian Government has to date announced A$320 billion in support for the economy, representing 16.4 per cent of annual GDP. This includes:
· A$130 billion JobKeeper Payment to help keep Australians in jobs;
· A$3 million to support frontline health workers;
· A$2.4 billion public health package;
· A$17.6 billion economic stimulus package.
Visitors to the Australian Office in Taipei
As a condition of entry to the Australian Office in Taipei, all visitors will be required to:
· temperature check;
- disinfect hands;
· wear a face mask; and
· declare recent travel history, including any current requirements for quarantine.
Entry may be denied to those with COVID-19 like symptoms, temperatures over 38 degrees, or subject to quarantine restrictions.
National Coronavirus Health Information Line (Australia): 1800 020 080
Australian Government Coronavirus Information: www.australia.gov.au
Department of Health: www.health.gov.au
Department of Home Affairs: www.homeaffairs.gov.au
“Coronavirus Australia” app: available for download in the Apple App Store or Google Play
MOFA announces a third automatic 30-day visa extension
28 May 2020
Taiwan authorities have announced that travellers who entered Taiwan on a visitor visa, landing visa or visa-waiver program on or before 21 March 2020 will now be eligible for a third automatic 30-day visa extension. No application is required, but your stay must not exceed 180 days in total. See the MOFA website for more details. https://www.mofa.gov.tw/en/News_Content_M_2.aspx?n=1EADDCFD4C6EC567&s=263FDBAD02A68185
Australia Foreign Minister Hon Marise Payne joined Canada and United Kingdom in the statement on Hong Kong national security legislation
25 May 2020
Australia supports Taiwan’s involvement in the World Health Organization’s work and Taiwan’s participation as an observer at the World Health Assembly
14 May 2020
As COVID-19 has shown so starkly, a global pandemic requires a global response. This includes cooperation and information flows among all relevant health authorities. Taiwan has demonstrated a first-rate health system response and has valuable expertise to share. Australia supports Taiwan’s involvement in the World Health Organization’s work and Taiwan’s participation as an observer at the World Health Assembly. There has never been a better time, nor a greater need, to work with all relevant partners to beat COVID-19 and respond to global health issues. Health for all.
Study In Australia website provides information and advice for international students during COVID-19
13 May 2020
International students in Australia are a valued part of our community. Australia is a safe, inclusive and supportive study environment, and the lifestyle is fantastic too. Visit the Study In Australia website for more information and advice for international students during COVID-19: www.studyinaustralia.gov.au
Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app
8 May 2020
Over 5 million people in Australia have downloaded the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app, which helps to trace contacts with known COVID-19 cases and helps to save lives.
Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator to advocate for open trade markets
8 May 2020
Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Simon Birmingham has joined his British, Singapore and New Zealand counterparts to advocate for open trade markets to support global economic recovery and growth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. https://reurl.cc/oLRlaq
Australia pledged AUD 352 million towards the global effort to fight COVID-19
6 May 2020
COVID-19 is putting us all to the test and the world’s best and brightest medical minds and researchers are working tirelessly to find a vaccine for COVID-19. Australia has pledged AUD 352 million towards the global effort to fight COVID-19 and find a safe, accessible and affordable vaccine. https://www.pm.gov.au/media/coronavirus-global-response-international-pledging-event
Australia’s New air freight network to boost agricultural and fisheries exports
5 May 2020
A new network of 15 air freight service providers and freight forwarders has been established by the Morrison-McCormack Government to accelerate delivery of agricultural and fisheries exports into key overseas markets.
In the first three weeks of its operation, over 560 Australian businesses have registered their interest in utilising the International Freight Assistance Mechanism and agreements for 55 freight flights have already been secured.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the network would allow the International Freight Assistance Mechanism to ramp-up assistance to exporters and re-establish global supply chains.
ANZAC Day 2020 Memorial Service Remarks by Australian Representative Mr Gary Cowan
25 April 2020
New Zealand Representative, Ms Moira Turley
Turkish Acting Representative, Mr Nurullah Ayvaz
Fellow Australians and New Zealanders
And international friends, both here in person and viewers online
Welcome to this 2020 ANZAC Day dawn service broadcast live from Taipei.
ANZAC Day is one of the most important days in Australia and New Zealand’s national calendars. The date – 25 April – commemorates the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, the ANZACs, on the Gallipoli peninsula during the First World War.
As young nations, barely more than a decade old before the outset of this conflict, Australia and New Zealand faced their first significant action on the international stage, fighting for our freedom and liberty under our own banners, but side-by-side.
Many lives were lost that day, under the barrage of heavy fire by the brave young Turks nestled in the cliffs above.
But the courage, resilience, ingenuity, and mateship displayed by the ANZAC troops lived on as the ‘ANZAC spirit’. The ANZAC spirit played a foundational role in the development of Australia’s and New Zealand’s national identities. It shaped the way we view ourselves, our place in the world, and our values.
It has also served as the foundation of the enduring friendship among Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.
This year, ANZAC Day falls in the shadow of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Australians who would normally spend ANZAC Day gathering with family and friends to pay their respects at dawn services and public events across Australia and overseas, will instead observe ANZAC Day at home.
But, in the face of uncertainty about the future, we still commemorate ANZAC Day, physically separated, but together as members of a united community.
Of course, the ANZACs were no strangers to disease. In the cramped and filthy conditions in Gallipoli and on the Western Front, illness was rife. Diseases like trench foot, trench mouth, dysentery, typhus and typhoid became synonymous with the horrors of trench warfare.
But the most serious disease threat, just as we face today, was from respiratory diseases.
The Spanish flu pandemic, struck in 1918, spread quickly among the ANZAC forces on the Western Front. Nearly 22,000 Australian soldiers infected and ultimately over a thousand (1,238) died. Despite quarantine measures, this deadly influenza would infect around two million Australians and claim up to 15,000 lives.
But just as disease featured heavily in the ANZAC’s war time experience, so too did the courage and dedication of frontline medical personnel.
More than 3,000 Australian nurses served during World War I. They worked under terrible conditions. An Australian Officer, wounded on the Western Front in September 1918, wrote of them:
That these women worked their long hours among such surroundings without collapsing spoke volumes for their will power and sense of duty.
Australia’s first recipient of the Victoria Cross, our highest honour for valour, was a doctor. Neville Howse was awarded the VC during the Boer War for carrying a wounded soldier to safety under heavy fire and then administering life-saving medical care.
In 1914, Dr Howse – by this time the 50 year-old Mayor and general practitioner of the town of Orange - reenlisted. He went ashore with the ANZACs on 25 April 1915, taking charge of evacuating wounded soldiers from the beaches.
By the end of the war, Dr Howse had been promoted to Major-General and knighted. Sir Neville Howse later went on to serve as Australia’s Minister for Defence and Minister for Health.
ANZAC Day is, at its core, about remembrance. It is about focusing on the best qualities of human nature.
Today our frontline medical personnel continue to embody the ANZAC spirit through their care, perseverance and resourcefulness in combatting this pandemic.
In these difficult times, we draw inspiration from their example, as we do from the ANZACs, to face this challenge together:
with resilience in the face of hardship;
with kindness in the face of adversity; and
with mateship extended to those who need our help here in Taiwan, in Turkey, in New Zealand, back in Australia, and across the world.
Lest We Forget.
Saturday 25 April is ANZAC Day, a day to remember the commitment and sacrifice of our past and present armed servicemen and women. With public gatherings restricted by COVID-19 this year, we invite you instead to join a live stream of our ANZAC Day service in Taipei via our Facebook account (@australianofficetaipei) from 6:30 am Saturday.
Lest We Forget.
Winner of the 2019 Australia-Taiwan Alumni Ideas Challenge competition
9 March 2020
The Australian Office was proud to announce Ms Yu-Han Chen as winner of the 2019 Australia-Taiwan Alumni Ideas Challenge competition.
Building on her experience as an alumna of Monash University, Ms Chen’s idea “When Maths Meets Literature” will encourage students from Australia and Taiwan to work together to expand their skills in math and literature. Congratulations Yu-Han.
New arrangements for the Working Holiday Maker scheme
18 February 2020
The Australian Government has just announced important changes to the Working Holiday Maker scheme.
Under new arrangements, Working Holiday Makers employed in bushfire recovery efforts can now stay with the same employer for up to 12 months (up from six months). In addition, paid and volunteer work in declared bushfire recovery zones will count towards “specified work” for the purposes of applying for a second or third year visa.
It’s never been a better time to head to Australia.
Smartraveller travel advice
23 January 2020
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Australian Bushfire Crisis 2019-20
22 January 2020
Australia’s bushfire recovery efforts are advancing quickly after rainfall and cooler weather over the last week have helped ease bushfire quickly.
Many fires are now extinguished and others contained. Air quality is returning to normal. Essential services (e.g. electricity and communications) are being restored.
While fires continue to burn across some parts of country New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, the vast majority of Australia is safe and open for business.
Visit Australia.com for latest information on travel destinations.
Leading recovery efforts, the Australian Government has established a National Bushfire Recovery Agency with an initial injection of AUD 2 billion to ensure families, farmers and business owners recover as quickly as possible. Some measures already committed include:
- AUD 100 million for national clean-up efforts;
- AUD 58 million for families with emergency needs;
- AUD 60 million for local council rebuilding programs;
- AUD 50 million for wildlife protection and restoration efforts;
- AUD 76 million for health support services for emergency personnel and communities;
- AUD 100 million for agricultural industry recovery; and
- AUD 76 million for tourism industry recovery.
Australian communities have welcomed the generous offers of assistance from the international community. Taiwan has donated health masks. The Taiwan Red Cross has been receiving donations in New Taiwan Dollars ( http://www.redcross.org.tw/home.jsp?pageno=201205070020&acttype=view&dataserno=201906030005). Taiwanese businesses, individuals and schools have donated generously. Locally-based Australian business communities have raised money for charity too.
The best way to support Australian communities now is to visit Australia and buy Australian goods. We encourage visitors to continue to travel and support our local businesses in Australia. Australia is open for business.
This Australian bushfire season has been unprecedented. Over 10.4 million hectares have been burnt – an area almost three times the size of Taiwan. Twenty-nine people have lost their lives; over 2900 homes have been lost; livestock and farming infrastructure has been affected; and millions of wildlife have perished.
Australia-based charities continue to raise funds for recovery efforts, including:
o Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery – www.redcross.org.au
o The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal – www.salvationarmy.org.au
o St Vincent de Paul Bushfire Appeal – www.vinnies.org.au
o NSW Rural Fire Service www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
o Country Fire Association of Victoria www.cfa.vic.gov.au
o South Australia Country Fire Service www.cfsfoundation.org.au
o Wires (injured animals) www.wires.org.au
Australian Bushfire Fundraiser Event
14 January 2020
The ANZCham - Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, Taipei (ANZCham) and Little Creatures Taipei will join forces to host an Australian Bushfire Fundraiser Event to assist recovery efforts on Thursday 16 January from 6pm. All proceeds raised will go to Australian charities. Join us.
Registration essential: https://pse.is/KBWGA
13 January 2020
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs has released a statement on the Taiwan elections:
Australia congratulates Dr Tsai Ing-wen and her party on her re-election in Taiwan’s elections on 11 January 2020.
Australia also congratulates the people of Taiwan on the peaceful exercise of their democratic rights. The smooth conduct of the elections is a testament to the maturity of Taiwan’s democracy.
Australia looks forward to continuing to work with Taiwan to advance our trade and investment cooperation, education, science and research links, as well as our people-to-people links, which are strong and growing.
NEW COLOMBO PLAN 2020 SCHOLARS ANNOUNCED
NINE COMING TO TAIWAN
5 December 2019
The Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan will support 125 emerging leaders from across Australia to live, learn and gain work experience in the Indo-Pacific in 2020. This includes nine university students who have made Taiwan their priority destination. This places Taiwan as the eighth most popular destination.
Deputy Representative Ms Susan Moore said the New Colombo Plan illustrates Australia’s commitment to building cross-cultural understanding and increasing ties with Taiwan.
“We are excited to announce that in 2020, the New Colombo Plan will support 9 high achieving students with scholarships to study and gain professional experience in Taiwan,” Deputy Representative said.
“The New Colombo Plan is an investment in our relationship with Taiwan through Australia’s future leaders. It is an opportunity for scholars to build lasting links with Taiwan and its people.”
New Colombo Plan 2020 Taiwan scholars will study a number of disciplines including Politics and Economics, Mandarin Studies, International Relations, Science, Journalism, Design, Commercial Law, Environment Studies and Gender Studies at National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University, Tamkang University and Soochow University.
Scholars will gain invaluable experience in Taiwan through internships, practicums and mentorships with organisations such as CPC, the Taipei City Government, Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation, Baker McKenzie and others.
Ms Moore said private sector engagement is at the core of the New Colombo Plan.
“Upon their return to Australia, scholars bring the benefits of cultural awareness and a global network to their employers,” they said.
“These scholars represent the next generation of Australian leaders. The skills they will gain and friendships they will form are a crucial part of Australia’s future success and engagement with the region.”
Australia-Taiwan Alumni Ideas Challenge Competition
27 September 2019
Taiwanese alumni of Australian institutions are invited to submit a pitch for an idea to build further business and people-to-people links between Australia and Taiwan.
The winner will receive a return international airfare plus up to two Australian domestic airfares and accommodation for up to a week in Australia. The Australian Office will assist in facilitating meetings with appropriate partners and stakeholders in Australia and Taiwan to help implement the plan.
For more information: https://australia.org.tw/tpei/AlumniIdeasChallengeCompetition.html
Australian Indigenous artist Bobby Bunungurr and producer Allen Murphy at Taiwan Indigenous Cultural Park
15 November 2019
Don’t miss a chance to hear the music and stories of Australian Indigenous artist Bobby Bunungurr and producer Allen Murphy at 10:30 and 14:30 this Saturday on 16 November at Taiwan Indigenous Cultural Park in Pingtung.
More info: https://pse.is/J4UYD
Australian artist Ruth Ju-shih Li’s exhibition “FLORILEGIUM”
15 November 2019
Get along to see Australian artist Ruth Ju-shih Li’s exhibition “FLORILEGIUM” – now on at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in New Taipei City until 20 December.
More info: https://pse.is/JB29Q
Australian Torres Strait Islander dancer Hans Ahwang to perform at Tsai Jui-yueh International Dance Festival
01 November 2019
Australian Torres Strait Islander dancer Hans Ahwang has returned to Taiwan to perform at this year’s Tsai Jui-yueh International Dance Festival from 1-3 November at the Rose Historic Site in Taipei.
2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier12
30 October 2019
Congratulations to Chinese Taipei on winning the Asian Baseball Championship.
Australia’s baseball team looks forward to meeting Venezuela on 2 November and Chinese Taipei on 3 November in Taichung starts at 17:00.
You can purchase tickets here https://bit.ly/2J4SJw3 or through Family Mart’s FamiTicket machines (in Taiwan).
2019 Taiwan Pride
25 October 2019
The Australian Office is proud to participate again in Taiwan Pride.
We’ll join the parade on Saturday 26 October to celebrate diversity, equality and "love is love".
We’ll have special Aussie parade flags to share, so come and find us.
2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier match between Australia and Chinese Taipei
3 October 2019
Tickets are on sale for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier match between Australia and Chinese Taipei on 15 October. Don’t miss your chance to see some great football in Kaohsiung.
You can purchase tickets by following this link https://bit.ly/2H5ZLzJ
Combined match and high speed rail tickets are available through 7-11 I-bon machines (in Taiwan) https://bit.ly/2krENU2
More information via Chinese Taipei Football Association's event page: https://bit.ly/2lUo4ZW
Australian Indigenous singer Gawurra Gaykamangu to perform at the Riverside Live House Ximen
3 October 2019
Looking forward to hosting Australian Indigenous singer Gawurra Gaykamangu from Arnhem Land in October and his live performance at the Riverside Live House Ximen on 5 October. His Indigenous language songs have received 4.5-star reviews in Rolling Stone Magazine in 2016 and won Northern Territory pop song of the year.
Ticketing info: https://tickets.books.com.tw/progshow/03050001084215/
"Old Masters" exhibition is coming to Taiwan on 4th of October at the National Taiwan Museum
2 October 2019
The world renowned "Old Masters" exhibition is coming to Taiwan on 4th of October at the National Taiwan Museum. This exhibition introduced from National Museum of Australia presents an outstanding collection of Aboriginal bark paintings from Arnhem Land painters in Australia’s Northern Territory. The exhibition will run until 9th February 2020.
About the exhibition: https://en.ntm.gov.tw/exhibition_157_2397.html
Australia Future Unlimited Education Exhibition
24 September 2019
Australia has been the second most popular destination for Taiwanese students since 2014 - and there are good reasons for this.
Don’t miss our annual Australia Future Unlimited Education Exhibition, where you can meet Australian education experts and hear what Australian education has to offer.
Seeing you at the Taipei New Horizon 6F on 28-29 September, from 13:00 to 17:30.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Australia and Taiwan
11 September 2019
Attention Australian alumni in Taiwan. Join us to gain further insights into Australia and Taiwan's entrepreneurship and technology environment from Australia and Taiwan's technology and innovation leaders Leanne Kemp and Jason Hsu.
For registration and more detail: https://bit.ly/2kzMfMQ
Australian documentarian Selina Miles' new film "Martha: A Picture Story " at Taoyuan Film Festival
14 August 2019
Australian documentarian Selina Miles will showcase her new film "Martha: A Picture Story " at this year's Taoyuan Film Festival on 15:30, 26 August and 12:30, 31 August. This documentary narrates the life and work of iconic New York City photographer Martha Cooper, who was one of the few photographers in the 1970s documenting the emerging #graffiti art scene.
Check its trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZjWtsSWuy0
Australian film ‘Riot’ at the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival
12 August 2019
Heard about the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras? Find out how it all began by watching Australian film ‘Riot’ at the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival. ‘Riot’ tells the story of the individuals who created this world renowned celebration of LGBTQI diversity. Giovanni Campolo-Arcidiaco, Co-Chair of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will also be on hand to share his thoughts at events on 17-19 August.
Don’t miss out - get your tickets now: https://bit.ly/2Z9eNM1
Help us keep Australia beautiful for everyone to enjoy
25 June 2019
Australia has strict biosecurity laws to protect our pristine natural environment. If you are travelling to Australia, please keep in mind that certain plant, animal or food materials could pose a biosecurity risk and might not be allowed in. Make sure you declare any of these items on your Incoming Passenger Card so that it can be inspected by Australian biosecurity officers. Help us keep Australia beautiful for everyone to enjoy. More info: http://agriculture.gov.au/travelling/to-australia