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Australian Update on COVID-19
Australian Border and Quarantine Restrictions
Australia has closed its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents until 19 April 2020, subject to review.
- 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.
- Some exemptions may apply. See the Department of Home Affairs website for an up-to-date list of exemptions: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus
From Sunday 29 March, all passenger arrivals into Australia will be required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days in the city of their first port of entry at hotels and other accommodation as designated by the relevant State or Territory authority.
- This means that if you live in Melbourne but land into Sydney Airport, then you will be required to quarantine in Sydney for 14 days before returning home to Melbourne.
- All arrivals into Australia will also be required to complete an ‘Isolation Declaration Card for Coronavirus’ which will be enforceable by law.
A ban remains in place for all cruise ship arrivals, with the exception of Australian flagged vessels, cruise ships returning to Australia and cruise ships in transit that left their last international port by 16 March 2020.
Since 25 March, the Australian Government has placed a ban on Australian citizens and Australian residents travelling overseas. Some exemptions apply, including for people who ordinarily reside in a country other than Australia. For up-to-date exemptions, refer to the Department of Home Affairs website: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus
Those Australians already overseas who wish to return to Australia should do so as soon as possible by commercial means. As at 27 March, a number of direct flights from Taiwan to Australia remain operational, including:
- China Airlines flights from Taipei to Brisbane (27, 28, 30, 31 March; 3 April);
- China Airlines flights from Taipei to Sydney (28, 30 March; 2, 4 April).
Travellers should check with China Airlines and/or their travel agent for up-to-date advice.
Those Australians who cannot, or do not wish to return to Australia should follow the advice of local authorities. Practise good self-health management by limiting public outings, physical distancing, and regularly washing hands.
Taiwan Border and Quarantine Restrictions
Since 19 March, Taiwan has banned the entry of all foreign nationals, except those holding a Taiwanese residency permit. Other exceptions may include those conducting official or business transactions.
From 24 March to 7 April, Taiwan has banned all international passenger transits at Taiwanese airports.
All passengers arriving into Taiwan must observe 14 days’ home quarantine. Penalties may apply for non-compliance.
- On entry to Taiwan, you may be required to provide details of your quarantine address and contact number. Taiwanese officials may check up on you intermittently during your quarantine period.
Foreigners already in Taiwan who have visited or transited Europe, Turkey, Egypt or Dubai between 5-14 March must also observe 14 days’ home quarantine.
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.
Australians abroad should keep up-to-date with the latest travel information by subscribing to Smartraveller: www.smartraveller.gov.au
Persons in Taiwan should follow the Australian Office, Taipei official Facebook account for latest updates.
o For consular assistance, call 02 8725 4100 or email email@example.com
Persons in Australia seeking information should contact the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on: 1800 020 080, or refer to www.health.gov.au
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