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Australia Awards Applications Open
Applications for the 2016-17 round of Australia Awards Scholarships and Short Course Awards opened on 1 September. Priority areas for applications are in the agriculture, extractives and public policy sectors. Check out the full range of short courses available and apply at www.australiaawardsafrica.org
Australian Government appoints first Australia Awards Alumni Ambassador in Cameroon
We are pleased to announce the appointment of the first Alumni Ambassador in Cameroon: Jean Bertrand Atangana, from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, was chosen as one of 13 Alumni Ambassadors across Africa committed to supporting Australia’s premier capacity-building program: the Australia Awards. Alumni Ambassadors also promote and represent Australia in their home countries and work to strengthen Australia’s engagement with its growing pool of alumni across the continent. Read more about Jean Bertrand and the Alumni Ambassador Initiative here.
Jean Bertrand Atangana
Changes to Overseas Passport Applications
From 1 July 2015 passport applications submitted by mail will no longer be accepted.
All applications must be lodged in person.
From 1 July 2015, the cost of an Australian passport lodged overseas will increase by AUD100 (adult) or AUD50 (children).
Australia Awards Alumni Tackling Post-harvest Losses in Cameroon
Blanche delivering training
Australia Awards alumni Blanche Etongwe is driving positive change in Cameroon. Her contributions are helping to address the critical issue of post-harvest losses. Blanche is passing on the skills and knowledge she gained during her course to help farmers reduce these losses and increase food production. Read her story here.
Australia Day Celebrations 2015
On 23 January 2015 the Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Jonathan Richardson, welcomed members of the Nigerian Government, the diplomatic corps, Alumni of the Australian Awards program and Australians living in Nigeria to his residence to celebrate Australia Day 2015. Read his speech to mark the occassion here.
High Commissioner Jonathan Richardson delivering his address at the Australia Day celebrations, held at the official residence in Abuja on 23 January 2015.
International Day of People with Disability 2014
International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD) is a sanctioned United Nations day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being and is celebrated each year on 3 December. Increasingly, Australia’s aid and development programs are becoming inclusive of people with disability. Australia Awards Alumna, Hauwa Danmadami from Nigeria’s Bauchi State, is a prime example of how living with a disability need not stand in the way of ambition. Read her story here. Read more about how the Australia Awards are promoting inclusiveness for people with a disability here.
World AIDS Day 2014
Australia is proud of its leadership on the response to HIV and AIDS, contributing more than $1 billion over the last decade to tackle the disease. This includes through our Australia Awards Scholarships program, where Australian knowledge is being transferred to Nigerian doctors such as Dr Oluwakemi Akagwu to improve Nigeria’s response. Click here to read her story.
Dr Akagwu Oluwakemi
Australia Awards – boosting Nigeria’s agricultural transformation
With his Government focused on the country’s agricultural transformation agenda, Nigerian recipient of an Australia Award scholarship to study agriculture in Australia next year, Longinus Chukwuma Ejiogu, spoke last week of his good fortune. Read the full story here.
Nigerian recipients of Australia Awards prepare to study ‘Down Under’
The Australian Government has selected some 200 professionals from Nigeria and 21 other African countries to take up Australia Awards Scholarships at Masters and PhD level at Australian universities in 2015. In order to prepare the recipients to live and study in Australia, the Australian Government is hosting a three-day workshop in Abuja this week for the 18 recipients from Nigeria. Read the full text of the press release here.
The Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria Jonathan Richardson with the 18 Australia Awards Scholarship recipients from Nigeria at the farewell reception he hosted in their honour on 10 November 2014. Also present at the reception were representatives from the awardees’ institutions, the Nigerian Australia Awards Coordinating Authority, a number of alumni who have previously studied in Australia, as well as Australian Government representatives.
Australian Response to Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria and West Africa
The Australian High Commission in Abuja is glad to announce it has contributed $A 60,000 (approximately ₦ 8.7 million) to the Nigeria Ebola Virus Emergency Appeal launched by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).This contribution from the High Commission’s Direct Aid Program is in addition to the $A 18 million the Australian Government has contributed in response to this Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Read the complete media release from the High Commission here.
Australian Honorary Consul, Yaounde
The Australian Government has appointed Dr Diane Acha-Morfaw as Australia’s Honorary Consul in Yaounde, with jurisdiction throughout Cameroon. Dr Acha-Morfaw’s appointment acknowledges the value Australia places on its relationship with Cameroon. Dr Acha-Morfaw brings a wealth of experience as a lawyer, academic and human rights advocate to the position. As Honorary Consul, she will assist the Australian Government in promoting bilateral trade and investment linkages with Cameroon, maintain regular contact with the Australian community in Cameroon and give Australia greater ability to provide consular assistance to Australian citizens in Cameroon.
Details about the Australian Consulate in Yaounde can be found on the About Us tab.
Dr Diane Acha-Morfaw, Australia’s Honorary Consul with jurisdiction throughout Cameroon.
Launch of Smartraveller business travel advice
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued a new Smartraveller business travel advice aimed at Australian businesses operating overseas.
The travel advice for business has been created to raise awareness of the importance of travel planning and risk management as an integral element in managing overseas travel, even for short visits to locations considered low risk. It aims to raise awareness of issues that employers should consider for short-term conference travel, longer-term overseas deployments and travel to high threat remote locations though illustrative case studies. The advice highlights a range of potential risks confronting businesses operating overseas, including from violent crime, cyber-crime, involvement in commercial disputes and fraud, extortion and bribery.
To access the Smartraveller business travel advice, please visit www.smartraveller.gov.au/business
Australian education goes mobile with new official website
A new website makes it easier for students in Nigeria and other countries to plan their studies in Australia. Read the full text of the press release here.
Marrying in Nigeria
Please note the following guidelines on how to register a marriage in the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Nigerian law.
Expatriate residence permits
The Nigerian Immigration Service has provided information in relation to residence permits for expatriates in Nigeria. More details are available here.
Are you an Australian citizen or permanent resident travelling or living outside Australia?
We encourage you to register with us so that we can contact you in an emergency. Please see http://www.smarttraveller.gov.au for details and online registration. You can also register in person at the Australian High Commission, Abuja. Please don't forget to include your e-mail and mobile phone contact details.
International financial scams
International scammers continue to tempt people around the world with promises of lucrative rewards, usually in return for assistance in transferring vast sums of money. Read the Smartraveller Travel Bulletin.
Visa Scams and Warnings
Email addresses and websites for Australian Government Departments, such as the Australian Border Force (ABF), will always end with the handle ‘.gov.au’. Caution should be exercised if correspondence claiming to come from a Government Department does not conform to this format.
Should you believe that you are the victim of a scam, you should report it to your local police and you may also wish to report it via the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Scamwatch website.
Cruise Ship Employment Scams
The Australian Government is aware that clients in Africa have been targeted by unsolicited e-mails fraudulently offering employment from Australian cruise ship companies. Victims of this scam are defrauded of fees supposedly for visas or fictitious ‘foreign worker certificates’. It appears that the fraudulent e-mails originate from other countries, not Australia. The Australian High Commission is unable to verify employment offers from Australian companies. Job-seekers are. however, strongly advised to verify all job offers using publicly available contact details for the relevant companies. Information on applying for Australian visas is available on the Australian Border Force website.
Internet Dating/Lonely Heart Scams
There have been a number of instances where Australian citizens and permanent residents believe they have formed relationships with persons from Africa over the internet, only to discover that the purported relationship is actually part of an on-going scam to defraud the Australian out of large sums of money, or to obtain permanent migration status in Australia. In some instances, persons have also experienced physical harm as a result of the actions of the criminal networks operating these scams.
We have received information that Australians sponsoring their fiancé or spouse to migrate to Australia have been asked to send large amounts of money to their partner, on the basis that this is required as part of the visa application process. Information on all relevant fees and charges associated with visa applications can be found here.
Any questions about the standard visa process (including associated costs), can be directed to the Visa Section of the Australian High Commission, Pretoria at the email address: email@example.com