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New Colombo Plan 2017 Scholars Announced 

The Australian Government will provide prestigious New Colombo Plan scholarships to thirteen talented Australian youth to live, study and intern in Hong Kong in 2017.  New Colombo Plan 2017 Hong Kong scholars will study a broad range of disciplines including Commerce, Computer Science, Education Engineering, Government and International Relations, Laws and Screen Arts at University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong and Education University of Hong Kong.

Better working holiday maker tax arrangements

The Australian Government recognises that working holiday makers are an important part of Australia’s $43.4 billion tourism industry and a key source of labour, particularly in the agriculture, horticulture, tourism and hospitality sectors. We also recognise, as do stakeholders, that working holiday makers should pay fair tax on their earnings. From 1 January 2017 the Government will set the tax rate applying to working holiday makers at 19 per cent on earnings up to $37,000, rather than the 32.5 per cent announced in the 2015-2016 Budget, with ordinary marginal tax rates applying after that.  [ more ]

Fresh and safe: Australian produce upholds public confidence

Australia’s reputation as a clean and green producer of fruits, nuts and vegetables will be reinforced at one of Asia’s largest fruit trade shows.  The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), Horticulture Innovation Australia and AusVeg are bringing almost 200 industry representatives to this year’s Asia Fruit Logistica. Read the full media release by clicking here.

Australia’s SMARTGATE Now Open To Hong Kong ePassport Holders

 Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced today that its automated arrival border clearance option ‘SmartGate’ is now opened permanently to eligible Hong Kong ePassport holders. Read the full media release by clicking here.

Australia’s SMARTGATE Now Open To Macau ePassport Holders

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced today that its automated arrival border clearance option ‘SmartGate’ is now opened permanently to eligible Macau ePassport holders. Read the full media release by clicking here.

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