The Western Australia State Election will be held on Saturday 11 March 2017. Pre-poll services at the Consulate are available from 20 February to 10 March 2017. Postal Vote Applications are available on the Western Australian Electoral Commission website: www.elections.wa.gov.au. [ More… ]
New notarial services and passport fees as of 1 January 2017
Fees for notarial services will increase from 1 January 2017. See the list of fess (in AUD) here. And passport fees will also increase on 1 January 2017 in line with annual CPI indexation and fee increases announced in the Government's 2016-17 Budget. For details, please click here.
Hong Kong's newly appointed Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, GBS. MH, JP has acknowledged the common aspirations of Australia and Hong Kong in free trade, innovation as well as good wine. The Financial Secretary made his comments during an official celebration in Hong Kong to mark Australia's national day.
A ten-year-old artist from a primary school in Chai Wan has won the honour of designing the Australian Consul-General’s personal Christmas greeting card.
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.
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 ]
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 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 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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