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Message from the Australian High Commissioner
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa. I hope it will assist you in understanding more about Australia and about the role the High Commission plays.
As the Australian High Commissioner, I am accredited to seven countries in Southern Africa – Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. I am also accredited to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), an important regional organisation based in Botswana. Together with the team at the High Commission, we seek to advance Australia’s political, economic and security interests in all of those countries.
It is a particular privilege to serve as Australia’s High Commissioner at a time when we are significantly enhancing our engagement with Africa, serving on the UN Security Council for the period 2013-14 and chairing the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) for the next two years. Australia’s ties with Africa continue to expand through regular high-level visits; growing trade and investment with the continent; and close people-to-people links, in areas such as sport, education, culture, tourism and business.
Australia is committed to working with the countries of southern Africa as a friend and partner, not only to address some of the continent’s development challenges, but also to help those countries reach their full potential. I am confident that our joint efforts to enhance engagement will benefit both our continents.
Australia is an innovative and dynamic country with a strong economy, a diverse and multicultural society, a wealth of natural wonders and a commitment to forging positive partnership with countries around the globe.
For Australian citizens and permanent residents in southern Africa, I would like to encourage you to register with the Australian Government through the High Commission or at www.smartraveller.gov.au
Registering with the High Commission is beneficial and easy. The registration information provided by you will help us to find you in an emergency. It may also be used to pass other information to you such as new Travel Advisories, notice of elections, and important information relevant to travellers and expatriates.
His Excellency Mr Graeme Wilson is Australia's High Commissioner to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland, and Ambassador to Angola.
EMPLOYMENT AND VISA SCAMS
Be cautious about people offering employment in Australia and/or visas for Australia. Do not provide any money until you have verified the authenticity of the organisation and company representative in question.
The High Commission is aware of recent employment and visa scams where individuals purporting to represent companies have fraudently obtained documents and funds from unsuspecting individuals. Be particularly wary of people offering employment on behalf cruise ship companies.
Direct Aid Program Announcement
For those seeking to apply for funding, the submission deadline to the Direct Aid Program has been extended to 18 August 2014.
On 24 July 2014, Dr Heather Smith, Australian G20 Sherpa gave the keynote address at the G20 Outreach Seminar co-hosted by the Institute for Global Dialogue and UNISA.
Acting High Commissioner Mr Chris Munn and Minister Counsellor for Development Mr Jamie Isbister took time out to help at a homless shelter in commemoration of 67 minutes for Mandela Day.
On Friday 11 July, the Waterberg Welfare Society, an organisation funded through the Direct Aid Program, launched the Cherry Blossom Game. This is an interactive game geared at tackling issues of sexuality and abuse for young women in an innovative way.
Ms Pamela Currie, Third Secretary gave the opening remarks at the Cherry Blossom Game Launch. An image of the game
Young women from the Waterberg who participated in the launch and attend the WWS centre weekly.
The Australian High Commission in conjunctuion with the Durban University of Technology hosted a seminar on the Indian Ocean Rim Asssociation (IORA) under the theme of " Strengthening maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean region".
From left to right: Professor Ahmed Bawa, Vice Chancellor of the Durban University of Technology. Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu, Retired Chief of South African Navy, Chairman of Armscor
Left to right: Ambassador Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director-General: Asia and Middle East, Department of International Relations and Cooperation. HE Mr Graeme Wilson, High Commissioner of Australia to South Africa.
HE Mr Graeme Wilson recieving a gift from Professor Ahmed Bawa.
All Attendees at the IORA Seminar.
Important news! New Visa Application Centres for South Africa
From 1 July 2014 Teleperformance will be providing Visa Application Centre (VAC) services in South Africa for the Australian High Commission in Pretoria. There are new locations for each Visa Application Centre in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Please see the Visa and Migration Section website for more information before lodging your visa application.
Over the week beginning 23 June, HE Mr Graeme Wilson attended the Mine Ban Convention - Maputo Review Conference.
From left to right: HE Mr Graeme Wilson signing the Political Declaration. Ms Pamela Currie (Third Secretary), HE Mr Graeme Wilson, with the Australian Delegation at the Mine Ban Convention.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Aid in Pretoria is seeking to appoint an Extractives Program Manager based in Pretoria.
For application details please email Karen Scoble at firstname.lastname@example.org for a Candidate Information Pack detailing the role, selection criteria and application process.
Closing date - 09h00 30 June 2014 South African Time
Over the last week of May, the Australian High Commission was pleased to host senior Australian G20 representatives - Ms HK Holdaway, General Manager G20 Policy Division of the Australian Treasury and Mr Daniel Sloper, G20 Special Representative - who had travelled to the region to undertake G20 outreach. They held a series of meetings and events on the G20 agenda under the 2014 Australian Presidency.