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Australia marks International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)
Today, 3 December, is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). Australia is committed to promoting a disability-inclusive development in Africa and throughout the world through its aid program. The “Development for All: Towards a disability-inclusive Australian aid program 2009-2014” strategy aims to ensure that people with disability are included in and benefit equally from Australia’s aid program.
One way that Australia supports disability-inclusive development in West Africa is through the Direct Aid Program (DAP). This year, the Australian High Commission is supporting Australian NGO Pathfinders to build a disability assessment and services centre in the Northern Region of Ghana, and a professional pilot project in sewing and dressmaking for handicapped women in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The High Commission also helped raise 21,842 cedis for the Salvation Army’s Begoro Rehabilitation Centre at the Melbourne Cup Charity Chop event last month, and received a big ‘thank you’ message from the kids who benefitted! Read more about the Direct Aid Program here and see our Facebook page for more about the Melbourne Cup Charity Chop event.
New passport fees from 1 January 2014
The fees associated with Australian passports and other travel documents will increase on 1 January 2014 in line with the Consumer Price Index. Information about the new fees is available for download here and from the Australian Passports Office.
Monday 25 November is White Ribbon Day
Monday 25 November, marked White Ribbon Day, the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In Australia, the White Ribbon Campaign works to prevent violence against women by encouraging men and boys to take positive action to create change. You can support the campaign by taking an oath never to commit or remain silent about violence against women at www.myoath.com.au.
By wearing a white ribbon or wristband on White Ribbon Day, November 25, you can show your support for the Campaign. For more information about White Ribbon Day visit www.whiteribbonday.org.au or watch this video
West African Scholarship Recipients depart for Australia
Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms Joanna Adamson, has held a pre-departure reception for 43 postgraduate beneficiaries of the Australian Government Awards Scholarship.
The Ghanaian, Liberian and Sierra Leonean recipients will study agriculture, mining governance, natural resource management, public policy, water and sanitation, and health at a number of Australian universities from 2014. Apply now for the current Australia Awards round, ending 17 January 2014. Find out more here.
Australia Awards Scholarships open for applications
The Australian Government is once again offering Australian Awards Scholarships (AAS). Qualified West Africans from the public, private and civil society sectors have the opportunity to apply for scholarships for studies in Australia and Africa. Applications are open for short course studies commencing in 2014 and longer-term studies commencing in 2015.
Application close on the following dates: Short Course: 17 January 2014; Masters Scheme: 13 December 2013; PhD: To be secured from the website upon request for application form. Detailed information including eligibility criteria, application processes, and application forms are available at: http://www.adsafrica.com.au
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 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 Commisioner
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.