The Australian High Commission and VBTC will be launching the 2018 Namatan Short Film Festival soon! Taem blong setemap film krew blong yu mo tingabout storian yu wantem sharem wetem yumi evriwan long Vanuatu. Keep tuning into our Facebook page or on twitter (@AusHCVanuatu) to get the latest updates. Ae blong yu, lukluk blong mi!
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 on www.aec.gov.au/enrol.
Each year on the 8th March, the whole world celebrates International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to all women wherever they live, whatever their conditions.
Globally, and in Vanuatu, women face many disadvantages in society. International Women’s Day was created by the United Nations to promote and protect the equal rights of women and to celebrate the courage and determination of ordinary women who play extraordinary roles in our community.
Members of the public are invited to nominate eligible women for two awards, to be announced on International Women’s Day 2018 (8 March):
- The Andy Lynch Award for Excellence in the Community Sector
- The Hanson Mataskelekele Award for Women in Leadership
A new year and a new beginning, the Australian High Commission Port Vila is now on Twitter! Follow us on @AusHCVanuatu for the latest High Commission news and events.
2018 is a special year for Australia in Vanuatu. Forty years ago, on 28 January 1978, Australia first established an office in the (then) New Hebrides. The Australian High Commissioner, Jenny Da Rin, hosted an official reception at the Australian High Commission’s Chancery on Thursday 25 January to celebrate Australia Day 2018 and the enduring bonds between our two countries over the last 40 years. With Vanuatu’s Acting President, Hon Esmon Simon, as the guest of honour, and the Prime Minister, Hon Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, the reception brought together Australians in Vanuatu, members of the Vanuatu Government, business, civil society and the diplomatic corps to reflect on Australia’s success as a diverse, peaceful and vibrant country.
Notarial services and passport fees increased from January 2018 in line with the Consumer Price Index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The Australian Government has released a Foreign Policy White Paper to forge a path forward for Australia’s overseas engagement in the next decade.
In late 2016, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Vanuatu's Heath Minister Jerome Ludvaune launched the $1.5 million Tupaia program to test a new mobile application that allows health officers to order and track medical supplies on their smart phones and tablets. The program is making great progress, with 150 health facilities already mapped and 300 health workers interviewed.
On 9 November, Australian High Commission staff met Vanuatu Government Senior Officers for annual aid high-level consultations. Almost a year after Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, signed the Australia-Vanuatu Aid Partnership Arrangement, our governments sat down together to discuss the progress of Australia’s aid program in Vanuatu. The talks highlighted many achievements over the past year.
Australia is Vanuatu’s main development partner with a $73 million investment in 2017-18 focussed on building resilient infrastructure and an environment for economic opportunity, improving early education and essential health services, improving community safety and resilience and supporting disaster recovery and reconstruction.