US–Australia Dialogue on Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific
Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, delivered a keynote address outlining six themes about the Australia-US relationship and common interests in the Indo-Pacific. Read here
Australia and India deepen school partnerships
Australia and India have reached a new milestone in their bilateral school collaboration with the arrival of Australian teachers in Delhi under the 2017 Australia-India BRIDGE School Partnership program. Read on
Statement on the ongoing legality of AUD100 notes
The Australian High Commission wishes to clarify the ongoing legality of the Australian 100 dollar note.
The Australian Government has no plans to withdraw AUD100 note from circulation. It continues to remain legal tender in Australia.
The Australian Government has set up a Taskforce to crackdown on the black economy. The Taskforce will look at the international experience in dealing with issues around crypto currencies, the sharing economy and cash payments in relation to the tax system.
The Taskforce has begun its work and will provide an interim report to the Government in March and its final report in October 2017.
For more information on the Taskforce: http://kmo.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/113-2016/?utm_source=wysija&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Media+Release+%E2%80%93+Black+Economy+Taskforce
Passport Fees from 1 January 2017
Passport fees will increase on 1 January 2017 in line with annual CPI indexation and fee increases announced in the Government's 2016-17 Budget. From 1 January 2017 the following fees will apply:
- 10-year passport for persons aged 16 and over $277
- 5-year passport for children under 16 years $139
- 5-year passport option for persons aged 75 and over $139
- emergency passport overseas $175
- overseas surcharge - adult applicant $103
- overseas surcharge - child applicant $52
Notarial service fee to increase from 1 January 2017
Notarial service fees will increase from 1 January 2017, following a recommendation from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Functional and Efficiency Review.
Notarial service fees have not increased in 16 years.
The new fee schedule takes into account the annual rate of inflation in Australia since fees were last increased, the growing cost of delivering notarial services and rising demand. The new fee schedule (attached) aligns with notarial service fees charged by commercial providers. The fee for notarial services accepted overseas will be in the local currency (Indian rupees) equivalent.
From 2018 onwards, notarial service fees will increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
For some services there are free alternatives available to clients, such as witnessing of documents by medical practitioners or police officers.
Acceptance of Consular and Passport fee with reference to withdrawal of 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes
Indian authorities have announced that all 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from circulation. As of 9 November 2016 the Australian High Commission will not be accepting the old 500 and 1000 rupee banknotes for notarial and/ or passport fee. Our preferred method of payment for notarials and/or passport fees is either by credit/ debit card (excluding American Express cards), alternatively new Rs 500 or 2,000 notes issued by Reserve Bank of India or other Rupee banknotes not affected by this change.
New Colmbo Plan 2017 Scholars announced
The Australian Government will provide prestigious New Colombo Plan scholarships to three talented Australian youth to live, study and intern in India in 2017.
New Colombo Plan 2017 Indian scholars will study a broad range of disciplines including economics, arts, and construction and design at universities in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Delhi. Read more.
High Commissioner's latest speeches
High Commissioner's address at IPCS 20th Anniversary Plenum Seires (15/11/16) - Read more
High Commissioner's Address at the O P Jindal Global University (13/10/16) - Read more
High Commissioner's Speech at the International River Symposium (12/09/16) - Read more
High Commissioner's Speech: Policy Research Workshop on the Food-Energy-Water Nexus in the Eastern Gangetic Plains (EGP) - Read more
For more speeches, click here - http://india.embassy.gov.au/ndli/Speeches.html
More Australian students to study in India
The Australian Government’s flagship New Colombo Plan education program will support 890 Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake work placements in India in 2017. In its third year, India remains once again one of the most popular destinations for Australian students. Read more.