Tropical Cyclone Winston
Australia’s humanitarian assistance to Fiji
To date, the Australian Government has provided FJD 53 million (AUD 35 million) of assistance to Fiji in response to Tropical Cyclone Winston. This includes the latest assistance package of AUD 20 million to provide ongoing reconstruction support to Fiji, aimed at returning life to normal, giving Fijians back their schools, medical clinics and livelihoods.
Australian support will be underpinned by the principle of 'building back better' which will rebuild infrastructure and communities that are more resilient to natural disasters. This support will focus on developing skills and maximising employment through the rebuilding of schools and health facilities destroyed by the cyclone, replacing damaged medical equipment and restoring water and sanitation services. Australian support will also repair damaged markets, including building accommodation facilities for women vendors, enabling farmers and market vendors to return to work.
This early recovery support builds on Australia's already committed humanitarian support of AUD 15 million. This support reached over 200,000 people affected by the cyclone, including by providing life-saving supples such as clean water and hygiene, and shelter, access to education and medical facilities and protection services for those most vulnerable. This assistance was complemented by extensive Australian Defence Force support.
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New Smartraveller campaign launched
Australians are being reminded to make their first stop the Smartraveller website before they travel overseas in a revamped national advertising campaign. The new campaign aims to remind Australians to prepare for their upcoming trip and to take responsibility for themselves when travelling overseas. With Australians continuing to travel in ever-increasing numbers, with almost 10 million trips taken in the last financial year, the Smartraveller message continues to be critically important – ‘be informed, be prepared’. While most Australians travel safely, and take appropriate precautions, the number of Australians seeking consular assistance continues to rise. A large number of these cases could have been prevented with the right preparation, planning and taking out comprehensive travel insurance.
Media release: New Smartraveller campaign launched, 2 November 2015
Australian passport updates
Please be aware the following will apply from 1 January 2016:
- 10 year validity passports for 16 and 17 year olds. Both the child and a parent will be required to attend the appointment and the parental consent page must be completed.
- Passport fees will increase with inflation. Please visit https://www.passports.gov.au/Pages/Fees.aspx for further information.
- Lost/stolen fees will be removed. Instead frequent losers of passports will have their passport validity reduced.
Australian passport appointment bookings
Passport appointment bookings (available between 08:30am - 12:00pm weekdays, except for Public Holidays) are required for the lodgement of passport applications. Clients should not attend the High Commission without an appointment. Appointments can be booked by calling telephone (679) 3388 236 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments are also required for notarial services.
The High Commission is open from 8.00am to 4.30pm on weekdays except for public holidays.
Australian High Commissioner to Fiji
Australian High Commission
37 Princes Road
P.O. Box 214
Suva, Fiji Islands
IDD Code: 679
Telephone: 338 2211
Facsimile: 338 2065
* PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2016: The Australian High Commission will be closed on the following days:
1 January (Friday) New Year’s Day
26 January (Tuesday) Australia Day
25 March (Friday) Good Friday
28 March (Monday) Easter Monday
25 April (Monday) Anzac Day
13 June (Monday) Queen’s Birthday
24 June (Friday) National Sports Day
7 September (Wednesday) Constitution Day
10 October (Monday) Fiji Day
31 October (Monday) Diwali
12 December (Monday) Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday
26 December (Monday) Christmas Day Holiday
27 December (Tuesday) Boxing Day Holiday
28 December (Wednesday) DFAT Holiday