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Have you studied in Australia?
The Australian High Commission is keen to learn about anyone who has studied in Australia, no matter how long ago. Alumni of the Australia Awards Scholarships program should register with the Awards Alumni network in your country by completing the information through the Awards website. Anyone else who has studied in Australia can register by sending an email.
Applications from Ghana for Australia Awards Scholarships are now open
Candidates from Ghana who wish to study in the priority sectors of mining, agriculture/fisheries, or public policy may apply for the following scholarship opportunities:
• Australia Awards Africa Fellowships (for study in 2015): professional development short courses delivered in both Africa and Australia (applications close 16 January 2015)
• Australia Awards Scholarships (for study in 2016): Masters-level study at an Australian University (applications close 12 December 2014)
Applications are competitive. The Australian Government strongly encourages applications from women. Mechanisms are also in place to support the participation of people with disability. We aim to attracting high calibre, early to mid-career professionals from the public and private sectors as well as civil society who have the potential to lead and support development in your country.
Further details about the Awards and how to submit an application can be found at the following website: www.australiaawardsafrica.org.
Award winning Australian TV journalist visits Australian-supported Ghanaian NGO
Australian TV journalist and winner of a UN Media Peace Award and a Walkley Award, Yaara Bou Melhem, has visited an Australian-supported local organization in Ghana called TRACTOR (Transforming Rural Agricultural Communities Through Organic Re-Engineering). Yaara Bou prepared a documentary on TRACTOR’s work among smallholder farmers in Ghana which will feature on the Australian television program Dateline in September.
An Australian volunteer is currently working to build capacity in TRACTOR, Hayley Bron, who says Yaara Bou’s visit is a wonderful recognition of the great work at TRACTOR. Yaara Bou is pictured here far right with TRACTOR’s project officer, founder and CEO of TRACTOR, Issa Ouedraogo, Hayley Bron and three farmers. Learn more here.
Online visitor visa applications for Australia
Nationals of Ghana will have easier access to visas for short-term visits to Australia from 1 August 2014. Ghana and a number of other West African countries have been added to the list of countries who can lodge electronically for visitor (subclass 600) visa applications. See the full list of eligible countries for electronic lodgement and further information regarding online visitor visas here.
Changes to family migration visas
The Australian Government has made changes to family migration visas, by closing some subclasses. For more information please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website. The Australian High Commission does not provide visa or immigration services.
Welcome from the Australian High Commissioner
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Accra, Ghana. I hope you find the site interesting and informative.
I was delighted to commence my new role at the High Commission on 21 January 2013, after earlier visits to Ghana in 2009 and 2011. I will also be responsible for Australia’s relations with Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
The Australian High Commission’s job is to advance Australia’s political, economic and other interests in all of these countries, and to work with partner governments on issues of common interest, including development, trade and investment and peace and security.
In particular, I look forward to working closely with partner governments during Australia’s two year term on the United Nations Security Council from 2013-14.
I am also very pleased that the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) now has a regional office in the High Commission in Accra to help service the growing ties between Australia and the region.
I look forward to many enriching experiences working to advance bilateral relationships and meeting Australians and friends of Australia across the region.
Joanna Adamson, High Commissioner
Information for Australian travellers
Consular emergencies: call +61 2 6261 3305 (24 hour service)
Registration: Australian travellers and residents in Ghana and other countries in West Africa are encouraged to register with the Australian High Commission in Accra and to check Smartraveller for information on security issues. You can register in person at the High Commission or online through http://www.smartraveller.gov.au.
Passports: see Passports Australia.