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Australia Day 2019
The Australian Office marked Australia Day in Taipei with a reception on 23 January 2019 under the theme “Sharing our treasures, creating our future.” Remarks delivered by Australian Representative Gary Cowan can be found here.
Australian author Markus Zusak will return to Taiwan
17 January 2019
Great news: Australian Markus Zusak, author of the international bestseller "the Book Thief", will return to Taiwan to introduce his new book "Bridge of Clay" at 2019 Taipei International Book Exhibition on 16-17 February. Don't miss it. More info: https://www.facebook.com/ecusbook/
Non-tarriff barriers Action Plan
09 January 2019
On 7 December the Australian Government released an Action Plan to help Australian exporters overcome non-tariff barriers (NTBs) like red tape and other unjustified regulation. Of particular concern are those non-tariff barriers that may be unreasonable or unjustified and may not comply with established trade rules. For example, overly stringent packaging, testing or certification requirements are NTBs that can impact Australian exports.
Part of this Action Plan is to establish a website (www.tradebarriers.dfat.gov.au) to make it easier for businesses to report non-tariff barriers affecting Australian exports to government through a direct NTB reporting function.
Australian exporters are encouraged to use this website to report any non-tariff barriers affecting exports to Taiwan or contact the Non-tariff Barrier Section in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Palace Museum treasures at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
04 January 2019
Planning to be in Sydney for Chinese New Year? You’ll find National Palace Museum treasures at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 2 February. The ‘Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art” exhibition will feature the famous ‘meat-shaped stone’, dated from the Qing dynasty. Don’t miss it. Tickets on sale now.
Please see the Australian Office operating hours over the Christmas and New Year period below:
21 December 2018
Increase to passport and notarial fees
19 December 2018
Clients attending the Australian Office for passport or notarial services are advised the fees will increase from 1 January 2019. For the revised fee schedule. Please see document fees.
Reminder: Early voting for the Victorian State Election will close at 2pm Friday, 23 November 2018. We encourage those who would like to cast their vote in person to attend the Office as soon as possible.
Australia expands Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program
16 November 2018
The Australian Government has announced exciting new opportunities under its Working Holiday Maker program.
- From 5 November 2018, working holiday makers already employed in Australia’s regional agriculture industries will be able to qualify more easily for a second year stay under the WHM program.
- From 1 July 2019, working holiday makers will be able to apply for a third year stay under the WHM program.
With Taiwanese youth making up the second largest cohort of working holiday makers to Australia, the Australian Office welcomes these new opportunities to further strengthen the enduring people-to-people ties between Australia and Taiwan. Learn more about changes to the WHM here.
Australia steps up engagement in the Pacific
16 November 2018
Australia remains a committed partner in the Pacific. On 8 November 2018, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced step-up measures to enhance prosperity, stability and security in the region. Key measures include:
- expanding Australia’s diplomatic presence to all Pacific Island Forum countries;
- opening up labour mobility, including through the Pacific Labour Scheme;
- establishing a AU$2 billion Infrastructure Financing Facility to boost economic connectivity;
- building security capability through police and security training programs.
Read the full transcript of the Prime Minister’s speech here.
Australia’s Indigenous arts and culture Yirramboi Festival
09 November 2018
Australia’s Indigenous arts and culture Yirramboi Festival has just arrived to Taipei. Do not miss these magical works as part of the Pulima Arts Festival from 8 – 11 November at the Museum Of Contemporary Arts (MOCA) Taipei. Programs: https://goo.gl/JVmgy3
2018 Victorian State Election
30 October 2018
The Victorian State Election will be held on Saturday 24 November 2018. The Australian Office in Taipei will offer early voting services during business hours from Wednesday 14 November to Friday 23 November 2018. The Office will be closed on Election Day.
All eligible Victorians on the electoral roll are required to vote. If you are overseas, there are a number of ways to cast your vote prior to election day.
From Wednesday 31 October you can apply for a ballot paper to be emailed to you via Victorian Electoral Commission website
1. Apply for a ballot paper to be emailed to you
2. Print and complete the ballot paper
3. Post the ballot paper to the Australia using the envelope provided
Deadline: Postal votes must be post marked on or before 6:00pm on Election Day, 24 November 18 (Victorian time) and received in Australia no later than 6:00pm 30 November 18 (Victorian time) to be included in the count.
In person early voting services will be offered at the Australian Office in Taipei.
Our early voting services are available during local business hours as belows:
Wednesday 14 November to Thursday 22 November 2018 (weekdays only) from 9am - 5pm
Friday 23 November from 9am - 2pm.
The voting services will be closed at 2pm on Friday 23/11/2018.
Further information is available at the Victorian Electoral Commission website.
Yirramboi Festival will be taking part in Taiwan’s Pulima Festival this November
31 October 2018
Great to see Melbourne’s premier First Nations Arts Festival – theYirramboi Festival – will be taking part in Taiwan’s Pulima Festival this November. Featured artists from Yirramboi include musicians, visual and performance artists. More info: https://bit.ly/2OCpi9O
Australian-produced theatre production “The Second Woman" will be presented at the National Kaohsiung Centre
31 October 2018
Alongside the hotly anticipated Sydney Dance Company performances at the newly-opened National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts on 3-4 Nov, there is another cool Australian performance to check out. Australian-produced theatre production “The Second Woman" will be presented the first time outside of Australia at the National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts on 2-3 Nov, featuring a performance by award-winning Taiwan actress Zhu Zhi-Ying. See here for more info & ticketing: https://bit.ly/2yPXx2q
26 October 2018
The Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society with assistance from the British Office in Taipei, is holding the annual Remembrance Day service on the site of the former Kinkaseki POW Camp at Jinguashi on Sunday November 11th at 10:45 am. If you’d like to join, please contact Linda Chang on 02 8758-2088 or email@example.com. The deadline for reservations is COB on Wednesday November 7th. For more information on the event, please visit the Taiwan POW Society’s website : www.powtaiwan.org.
“Contours: Dance Film Exhibition”
19 October 2018
Danceology (Taiwan) and Mirramu Dance Company (Australia) proudly present “Contours: Dance Film Exhibition” in 新樂園藝術空間 SLY art spacein Taipei from 6-28 October – a collaboration more than three years in the making. Info available here: https://www.facebook.com/dancecology/
Sydney Dance Company
8 October 2018
Attention Australian alumni in southern Taiwan. The Australian Office will hold a reception on Friday 2 November in honour of the Australia-Taiwan Community in Southern Taiwan with special guests from the Sydney Dance Company (SDC), which will be performing in Kaohsiung for the first time on 3 and 4 November. We would like to invite Australian alumni in southern Taiwan to attend the reception and meet some of the SDC performers. The reception will include a lucky draw of a limited number of tickets to the SDC’s opening performance on 3 November at Kaohsiung’s new National Centre for the Arts. Tickets are also available at: https://goo.gl/aT1Ziy
Date and Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday 2 November 2018
Venue: National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts - WeiWuYing
To register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before 22 October, and include your name and details of the Australian education institution you attended.
Australian Future Unlimited Education Exhibit
21 September 2018
Discover Australian education! The annual Australian Future Unlimited Education Exhibit (#AFUEE) is back again next week in Kaohsiung, Taichung and Taipei. Meet universities, VET institutions and schools from across Australia to discuss your study options. AFUEE: https://www.studyinaustralia.org.tw/
Thursday, 27 September, 17:00-20:30 – Hai-Lai Hotel Kaohsiung
Friday 28 September, 17:00-20:30 – Feng Chia University Taichung (Recreation Building)
Saturday 29 September, 13:00-17:30 – Taipei New Horizon
Sunday 30 September, 13:00-17:30 – Taipei New Horizon
Australia-Taiwan University Partnerships Forum 2018
18 September 2018
Interested in Australian higher education? Register now for the Australia-Taiwan University Partnerships Forum in Australian Office on 1 October, where we will discuss ways to further strengthen cooperation, including under Australia’s New Colombo Plan and Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy. The forum will include business matching and networking. Contact: email@example.com.
14 September 2018
The Taiwanese Central Weather Bureau has issued a sea warning for the Sea of South East Taiwan in response to Typhoon Mangkhut. This typhoon is not expected to make landfall in Taiwan, but should the situation change, Australians currently in Taiwan are encouraged to monitor local news and weather reports and follow the instructions by of local authorities. Smartraveller.gov.au has further information on typhoons in Taiwan (https://smartraveller.gov.au/countries/asia/north/pages/taiwan.aspx#natural_disasters).
Australian artists and producers Tim Cole and Baobao Chen will hold a special concert, “Small Island Big Sing” in Taipei on 3 September
24 August 2018
Australian artists and producers Tim Cole and Baobao Chen have been undertaking a journey across 16 islands across the Indo-Pacific all the way from Australia, as far as Madagascar, to Taiwan, to create Oceanic Songline. They will hold a special concert, “Small Island Big Sing”, featuring renowned Australian Indigenous rap singer Mau Power, in Taipei on 3 September. Why not go an enjoy original music from Taiwan and around the world! More info: https://www.indievox.com/smallislandbigsong/event-post/20990
FEPOW Remembrance Day Service on 11 November at the Kinkaseki POW Memorial Park
15 August 2018
On 15 August we remember the Far East Prisoners of War from WWII who sacrificed for our freedoms. Did you know hundreds of Australians (and British, US and Dutch) were imprisoned at 14 POW camps across Taiwan? The Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society is doing fantastic work to keep this memory alive. Be sure to attend this year’s Remembrance Day Service on 11 November at the Kinkaseki POW Memorial Park. Registrations close 31 August. www.powtaiwan.org
Taipei Arts Festival will host Australian performers “All the Queens Men” on 18 August
13 August 2018
Attention all theatre lovers!! Taipei Arts Festival will host Australian performers “All the Queens Men” on 18 August at Taipei’s Zhongshan Hall. Join this free outdoor performance in celebration of social equality and diversity! More info: http://www.taipeifestival.org/FilmContent.aspx?ID=4
Spectrum Films’ CEO Adam Scott at “Digital Taipei 2018” on 8 August to hear about their experience in working with Hollywood
02 August 2018
Come meet Spectrum Films’ CEO Adam Scott at “Digital Taipei 2018” on 8 August to hear about their experience in working with Hollywood!
For those who interested, please register through Digital Taipei Link: https://ievents.iii.org.tw/EventS.aspx?t=0&id=319
10 July 2018
Typhoon Maria is projected to affect Taiwan from 10 July. You should expect high winds, strong rains and storm surges in coastal areas. You should anticipate disruptions to essential services and transport. Travellers should contact their tour provider or airline for latest information on disruptions and follow the instructions issued by local authorities (English services provided below). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Taiwan.
Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau: http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V7e/prevent/typhoon/ty.htm
English Radio: FM 100.7 (Taipei and Kaohsiung) and FM 100.1 in Taichung
As per the advice issued by local authorities, the Australian Office will be closed from 4pm Tuesday 10 July.
Exhibition by Australian artist Adam John Cullen
21 June 2018
Australian visual artist Adam John Cullen is currently undertaking a residency at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts. He specialises in sculpture and installation and his works explore ideas of commodity exchange and trade, as well as the personal histories of found objects. He is currently opening his studio to visitors, exhibiting materials and objects that reflect some of the places and events that have shaped his time in Taipei. The exhibition will run until 8 July. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/852651031611245/
“Living Water” exhibition by Australian artist Dr Ella Whateley
8 June 2018
Australian artist Dr Ella Whateley is currently undertaking an artist-in-residence program at the National Taiwan University of Arts, supported by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education. We are very pleased to announce that the Australian Office will host an exhibition of Dr Whateley’s works created during the residency. The exhibition, “Living Water”, will feature a selection of contemporary ink paintings, blending elements of Australian and Taiwanese artistic traditions. If you have an interest in contemporary ink painting, make sure you come to see “Living Water” while it is on display in the Australian Office’s auditorium from 11-20 June (business hours only).
More info: https://www.ellawhateley.net/about/
“Transition” by Australian sculptor Sam Jinks
22 May 2018
The special exhibition “Transition” by Australian sculptor Sam Jinks is currently on display at the Yu Hsiu Museum of Art in Nantou County.
For more information see: http://www.yu-hsiu.org/web/exhibitionsInfo/17
Sam Jinks: http://www.samjinks.com/
The Australian Office is seeking a suitable person to fill the temporary Administrative Assistant & driver position in the Consular and Administration Section. For more information [...]
Australia-Taiwan Alumni Career Seminar
2 May 2018
The Australian Office Taipei (AO) welcomes Taiwanese Australian-Alumni to a Career Seminar.
The seminar will feature a panel of distinguished Australian Alumni speakers including a start-up founder, and HR managers from Qualcomm and Michael Page HR — followed by networking.
Places are limited, come join us and be inspired.
Representative Gary Cowan’s speech for 2018 Australia Day
11 April 2018
“In this together” Full speech
9 April 2018
ANZAC Day is an important day for Australians and New Zealanders. It's a day we remember the commitment and sacrifice of our past and present armed servicemen and women.
This year, a traditional dawn service will be held at 6am at the residence of our Representative, in Tienmu. The event is free of charge and simple refreshments ('gunfire breakfast') will be provided after the service.
Australians and New Zealanders and their families are welcome, however registration is essential. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Registrations close on 20 April 2018.
Transportation and location details will be provided on registration. Attendees will be required to present ID (passport, driver's license) at the entrance to the residence.
For more information, please visit the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1488980154546742/
Life After WHM Series: May Tsai – Amateur photographer
8 March 2018
‘I love nature. Australia is famous for its natural wonders, wide open space and the outback. Australia provides an easier access for working holiday maker visa applicants. Therefore I decided to embark on the journey as a gift for my 30th birthday.’ Full interview.
People who help shape Australia’s place in the world
6 March 2018
Every day, Australians are out in the world doing remarkable things: unlocking economic opportunity, keeping us safe, giving Australians a voice, helping others, promoting Australian expertise, services and produce. This is foreign policy in action—Australians working to make the world better for other Australians and for our neighbours. Meet some of the people who help shape Australia’s place in the world.
The Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper is now available online at: https://www.fpwhitepaper.gov.au/
07 February 2018
Taiwan: on 6 February 2018 (local time), a large earthquake struck near Hualien, damaging a number of buildings. After a major earthquake, aftershocks are common and can cause further damage. Monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities.
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:
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.
Payment of Passport and Notarial Services at the Australian Office
14 November 2017
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 ...
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