These prestigious Australian Government awards are offered to the next generation of global leaders for development. Through tertiary study at participating institutions in Australia and the Pacific region, scholarship recipients will develop the skills and knowledge to drive change, contribute to development in Vanuatu and build enduring people-to-people links with Australia and across the Pacific.
The Australian High Commission’s Namatan Short Film Festival is officially open for 2018! Film makers have until 3 April 2018 to submit a short film for a chance to win the nation’s top film award.
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.
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.