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.”
Deakin Dragons to Taiwan to compete in the Buddha’s Light International Association Cup University Basketball Tournament in Kaohsiung
15 July 2019
We’re looking forward to welcoming the Deakin Dragons to Taiwan to compete in the Buddha’s Light International Association Cup University Basketball Tournament in Kaohsiung. The Deakin Dragons are the UniSport Australia Nationals Champions and will play five games at Kaohsiung Arena between 16 and 21 July. Get along and watch some great basketball and the Dragons soar! Timetable: https://bit.ly/2XCbpN8
2019 Australian Federal Election
11 April 2019
The 2019 Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 18 May 2019. If you are an eligible Australian citizen living overseas you can still participate but you need to be enrolled.
To enrol, check or update your enrolment details visit www.aec.gov.au. The deadline for enrolling or updating your details for the federal election is 8pm, Thursday 18 April (Australian time in the electorate you’re enrolled).
Early voting at the Australian Office in Taipei will begin on Monday 6 May 2019. Members of the public must provide photo ID in order to gain access to the Australian Office Taipei. ID is not required to vote. Opening times for early voting are below:
Alternatively, you can apply for a postal vote online now at www.aec.gov.au. If you are overseas and unable to vote, complete an overseas notification form and return it to the AEC. Being overseas is a valid reason for not voting.
Information in other languages can be found at www.aec.gov.au/translated.
Australian maths teacher Eddie Woo visited Taiwan to share the importance of mathematics
30 April 2019
Award-winning Australian maths teacher and YouTube star Eddie Woo visited Taiwan to share learning with technology and the importance of skill in mathematics. Media release link
Australian Prime Minister, The Hon Scott Morrison MP, issued remarks in response to the terrorist attack in Christchurch
21 March 2019
Australian are horrified and greatly saddened by the shocking terrorist attack in Christchurch. I have condemned utterly this atrocity which has killed and injured so many innocent people as they went about their practice and worship at their mosques. Australia shares the grief of Muslim communities the world over. Australia will not tolerate the right-ring extremist ideology that has fuelled this terrorist. We will always protect and defend our Muslim community here in Australia and their right to peacefully practice their religion without fear. I am also disgusted by and completely denounce comments that seek to denigrate Muslims and Islam and will always speak out against this.
2019 "Taste of Australia" Premium Food Beverage Showcase
14 March 2019
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.
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: [email protected].
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.
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.
Representative Gary Cowan’s speech for 2018 Australia Day
11 April 2018
“In this together” Full speech
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/
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 www.aec.gov.au/enrol. 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.
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: goo.gl/WcHNI1 Australia-China Council
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:
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
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
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.
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 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
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 ...
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: goo.gl/uqNhPT
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
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.
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
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: http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/home/AMLPS+-+Process
Information for Australians overseas: http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/home/AMLPS+-+Resources
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: http://www.naidoc.org.au/ #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.
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: http://www.cna.com.tw/news/firstnews/201704180337-1.aspx).
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 : http://australia.org.tw/tpei/Visas_and_Migration.html
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: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/457-abolition-replacement.
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: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/457-abolition-replacement
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 http://aotw.setmore.com/
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.
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: goo.gl/vVS9bF
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: https://eleanorgatestuart.com/2017/02/08/mazoo/
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 http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/foundations-councils-institutes/australia-china-council/grants/Pages/grants.aspx
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! http://www.icrt.com.tw/wordpress/lookingsouth/2017/01/03/looking-south-episode-2-the-new-southbound-policy-and-australia/
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
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 http://australia.org.tw/tpei/endeavourawards.html
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! http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/foundations-councils-institutes/australia-china-council/grants/Pages/grants.aspx
26 January 2016
2016 Australia Day Message
Catherine Raper, Representative, Australian Office Taipei
People key to growing Australia-Taiwan partnership
18 January 2016
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: www.tiqff.com
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: http://goo.gl/RvRrbm
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. http://www.budget.gov.au/2015-16/content/glossy/tax/html/tax-10.htm
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
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
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
Future Unlimited Digital Campaign - Win a year of study in Australia. more
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
2013 Australian Federal Election Information. more
New Awards Celebrate Australian Artists in Asia. more
ANZAC CENTENARY 2015
The Australian Government has announced ballot arrangements for Australians planning to attend the Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli on 25 April 2015. more
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
Australia: the top destination for Taiwanese working holiday makers. more
Support the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Fund. more
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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