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09 February 2018

A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Batman in Victoria will be held on Saturday 17 March 2018.

You can check if you are enrolled in the Division of Batman, enrol or update your enrolment details at The deadline to enrol is 8pm AEDT Wednesday 14 February 2018.

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.

You can apply for a postal vote by completing a ‘Postal Vote Application’ on the AEC website. You should ensure that you apply for a postal vote as soon as possible to allow enough time for the ballot papers to reach you overseas before by-election day.

For more information, visit the AEC website at or contact the AEC via email ( or telephone +61 2 6113 4777 or +61 2 6160 2600.


07 February 2018

If you have plans to undertake any projects that would help broaden and strengthen Australia-Taiwan relations in education, business, culture and the arts, the 2018-19 Australia-China Council Grant Round will open on 5 Feb and close on 28 March. Please get in touch if you are interested and we will do our best to answer any questions!  More info: Australia-China Council


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: or


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: Anti-Corruption Unit International Anti Corruption Day-2017 Anti Corruption International


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!


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 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.


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.


27 October 2017

2017 Taiwan Pride Parade - Joint Press Release    Full Press Release


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. For more info:


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:

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:

General information on the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is also available at:


26 September 2017

Life After WHM Series: Salesman at Travel4U Travel Agency, Hannibal Wang. 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.


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.

#SDGs #Taiwan4SDGs


28 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. This time, we catch up the local volunteers Julia and Johnny. Full interview


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 


11 August 2017

The Australian Government will proceed with the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey of all Australians on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll. Instructions on survey participation will be published on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website:

Information for Australians overseas:


6 July 2017

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. NAIDOC week serves to celebrate the amazing Indigenous Australian cultures, societies and peoples, and to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and challenges facing Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. National NAIDOC Poster Competition and the NAIDOC Awards recipients are selected by the National NAIDOC Committee, and a different city will host the annual National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony. This year’s topic for NAIDOC Week is “Our Language Matters”. More info: #NAIDOCWeek2017


13 June 2017

On 2 JUNE 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore and set out Australia’s vision for the region.

You can watch the Prime Minister give his speech here:
Or you can read the Prime Minister’s speech here:


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:


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:


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


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


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


23 March 2017

The Australian Office announced 2017 Australia-Taiwan Alumni Awards Winners. More


17 March 2017

The 2017 Australia-Taiwan Alumni Awards Dinner. The full list of finalists


8 March 2017

Remarks for International Women’s Day Breakfast by Catherine Raper, Representative, Australian Office, Taipei.

Full speech


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.


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.


22 February 2017

Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts now opens call for Artist-In-Residence projects to Taiwanese curators and artists. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) and Turner Galleries Art Angels Residency Program in Perth both provide opportunities and free accommodations. It is a great opportunity to stay one to two months in Australia to feel the spring breeze and magnificent nature scenes! Deadline is 5 March 2017. For more information, please check:


15 February 2017

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:


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. For those who interested, please find out more info at


12 January 2017

Representative Catherine Raper was recently given the opportunity by ICRT Radio to discuss the existing extensive Australia and Taiwan connections, and how they can be built on further to strengthen the relations even more in the wake of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy. Follow the link to listen to the interview “Looking South Episode #2” on ICRT Radio!


10 January 2017

On 15 December 2016 Australian Office signed a revised Air Services Annex with Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration for further liberalisation of air services between Australia and Taiwan. The amended arrangements will provide for unrestricted capacity for flights from Australia to Taiwan, as well as open code share and intermodal services. Very timely, as latest figures show tourist numbers from Taiwan to Australia are up an impressive 30 per cent. We look forward to welcoming more tourists to Australia!


5 January 2017

2017 Australia Day Reception Speech " A Journey of Discovery" by Catherine Raper, Representative, Australian Office, Taipei

Full speech


27 October 2016

2016 Taipei Pride Parade - Joint Press Release more


2 September 2016

More Australian students to study in Taiwan more


20 April 2016

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

On 19 April, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, Minister for Tourism and International Education, announced that the 2017 round of Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships was open until 30 June.  These prestigious merit-based scholarships and fellowships apply to both overseas citizens who would like to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia and for Australians to do the same overseas. For more information please visit 


7 April 2016

Introducing Australian films for “Spotlight on World Cinema: Rising Stars from Australia and New Zealand”

A heartfelt Australian film, “The Rocket” is about a boy who is believed to bring bad luck leading his family through Laos to find a new home. Along with another two Australian movies, “The Turning” which stars Cate Blanchett and Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) award-winning film “Wish You Were Here”, all are showcased at Wonderful Theater in Taipei (真善美戲院)’s “Spotlight on World Cinema: Rising Stars from Australia and New Zealand” starting from 1 April.


22 February 2016

Queensland Local Government Elections and State Referendum. more


18 February 2016

Asialink Arts Residencies 2016 Arts Residents. more


1 February 2016

If you have brilliant idea of an Australia-Taiwan bilateral project in the areas of arts & culture, education, economic or Australian studies, the Australia-China Council (ACC)’s 2016-17 grant round will open from 1 February 2016 and close on 4 April. The ACC is the Australian Government’s advisory and funding body for strengthening of cultural, education, business, and more broadly, people-to-people relations between Australia and the greater China region including Taiwan. For more info about application criteria and process, please read on!


26 January 2016

2016 Australia Day Message

Catherine Raper, Representative, Australian Office Taipei

People key to growing Australia-Taiwan partnership

Full speach


18 January 2016

Taiwan Elections

The Australian Government congratulates Dr Tsai Ing-wen on her victory in the Taiwan elections on 16 January.

The smooth conduct of the elections is a tribute to the strength and maturity of Taiwan’s democracy and to the enthusiastic involvement of the Taiwanese people.

This will be Taiwan’s third peaceful transfer of power since becoming a democracy.

The Democratic Progressive Party has been successful in winning both the presidency and a majority in the legislature.

Australia welcomes continued cross-Strait dialogue, which is important to ongoing regional peace and stability.

Australia will continue to work with Taiwan on an unofficial basis including through our trade and investment ties and our cooperation in science and education. This builds on the close links between the Australian and Taiwanese people.


23 October 2015

Five award-winning Australian films will be featured at 2015 Taiwan International Queer Film Festival, which will be kicked off from this Friday on 23 Oct in Taipei, and travels to Taichung and Kaohsiung. Selected Australian films include: “Gayby baby”, “Drown” and short films “Plunge”, “Teagan” and “We are fine”. What a great way to kick start your weekend for a treat of latest Aussie films. For more information about screening schedule and ticketing:


4 September 2015

On 28 August 2015, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne released details of the 461 mobility projects that will be funded in 2016 under the New Colombo Plan more


30 July 2015

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which is promoting student mobility by encouraging more Australian students to undertake study and internships in locations across the Indo-Pacific region.  more


2 June 2015

Read our Representative Ms Cathy Raper’s exclusive interview with "Trade Insight Biweekly" magazine published just this week! Cathy speaks about Australia-Taiwan bilateral trade, education, culture, people-to-people links, as well as her personal experience in Taiwan. Guess where our Representative’s favourite travel spot in Taiwan is? See full report here:

29 May 2015

From 1 July 2015 passport applications lodged overseas will incur an additional fee (overseas surcharge). The additional fee will be A$100 for all adult applications and A$50 for all child applications. The fee will not apply to emergency passport applications.


3 May 2015

From 1 July 2016, working holiday makers will no longer be eligible for the tax-free threshold and will pay 32.5% tax from the first dollar earned. This is because working holiday... makers will now be classed as foreign residents for tax purposes. Please note that this change will not be implemented until 1 July 2016.


6 May 2015

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, has released a statement in response to a program on Australian television which reported allegations of mistreatment of Working Holiday Makers and other temporary visa holders in Australia. more


4 May 2015

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which is promoting student mobility by encouraging more Australian students to undertake study and internships in locations across the Indo-Pacific region. This year sees Taiwan join the NCP, with over fifty of Australia’s top students expected to come to Taiwan in 2015. more


5 February 2015

The Australian Office wishes to express our sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the tragic TransAsia Airways plane crash in Taipei. We hope that those who were injured make a speedy recovery.


29 January 2015

2015 Australia Day Speech “An Australian Journey” by Catherine Raper, Representative of the Australian Office

Full speech


27 August 2014
Melbourne declared “world's most liveable city”, four Australian cities make the top ten. more 


21 August 2014
Taiwan-owned Synnex unveils A$45 million automated logistics centre in Western Sydney. more


6 August 2014
The Representative of the Australian Office, Mr Kevin Magee, has sent letters to President Ma Ying-Jeou and Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu expressing profound condolences, on behalf of the people of Australia, to the family and loved ones of those who lost their lives in the recent deadly Kaohsiung explosions. more


29 July 2014
Australian and Taiwanese scientists discovered new molecule to help understanding hydrogen storage. more


24 July 2014
The Representative of the Australian Office, Mr Kevin Magee, today wrote to President Ma Ying-Jeou expressing sincere condolences on behalf of the Australian government and the Australian people to the family and loved ones of those who lost their lives in the tragic plane crash in Penghu.

21 July 2014
Australian Junior Women’s Volleyball team beats Macau at the Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship in Taipei. more

16 July 2014
Australian team visits Taipei for the 17th Women’s Asian Volleyball Championship. more

2 May 2014
The 2015 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships round is now open. more


8 April 2014
Win the Ultimate Gap Year in Australia. more


21 March 2014
2014 Australia Day Speech by Mr Kevin Magee, Representative of the Australian Office.
Liveable Australia more


November 2013

Congratulations to the Canberra Cavalry on winning the 2013 Asia Series, with a resounding victory in the tournament final at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium. more 


October 2013

Future Unlimited Digital Campaign - Win a year of study in Australia. more


September 2013

Former Governor General, the Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) was appointed in May by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard to lead Australia’s fundraising efforts for the Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia. more

Representative Magee opens inaugural Australian taught ‘Train the Trainer’ course. more

Better conditions for Australian Working Holiday Makers heading to Taiwan. more


August 2013

2013 Australian Federal Election Information. more


July 2013

New Awards Celebrate Australian Artists in Asia. more


June 2013


The Australian Government has announced ballot arrangements for Australians planning to attend the Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli on 25 April 2015. more


May 2013

Representative Kevin Magee presents Australian scholarships to winners of the 2013 Rotary Club of Taipei’s English Speech Contest. more

Hsin-Hsuan Hsieh has been shortlisted as one of the 18 finalists for “Best Jobs in the World”; Australian Representative Kevin Magee offers his congratulation. more

Taiwanese short-listed in Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition. more


March 2013

Australia: the top destination for Taiwanese working holiday makers. more

Support the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Fund. more


March 2012

The Visa office in Taipei is now closed

The Visa and Citizenship Office of the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong is responsible for Australian visa and citizenship matters for applicants in Taiwan. [ More ]


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