The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revised its website for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey to www.marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au
Australians in Fiji - please refer to the above updated website for details on the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey on same-sex marriage
Australians must be correctly enrolled with the Australian Electoral Commission before 24 August 2017 to participate. Australians who have registered overseas and have provided their overseas address will receive the necessary documentation to be participate.
For more information on registering as an overseas voter:
To check your current enrolment:
Tuesday 6 December - 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.
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.
Friday 4 November - The Australian High Commission, Suva, is aware of a scam circulating on social media and the internet announcing visa free entry to Australia for Fiji Nationals. This is untrue. Australia maintains a universal visa regime whereby foreign nationals are required to obtain a visa prior to travel.
To ensure people are not stopped on departure from airports, we strongly recommend that potential travellers obtain information and assistance regarding visa applications from our Australian Visa Application Centre service provider TT Services www.ttsaustralia.com.
There have been previous incidents when scammers have targeted websites with false promises of jobs or travel to Australia. People who respond to such advertisement are then asked to pay for the Australian visa by lodging money into a bank account. No job exists and no visa application is lodged.
All Fijians should refer to the official website of the Australian High Commission, Suva, for information relating to visas or future work opportunities (www.fiji.highcommission.gov.au). Any suspected fraud should be reported to the Fiji Police Force, the Fiji Commerce Commission or the Australian High Commission, Suva.