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.
Friday 4 November - Over 1,500 farmers across Fiji will receive vegetable seeds, farming tools, fertiliser, insecticide, and information booklets to help return their produce farms to pre-Winston state. The initiative aims to support farmers whose vegetable gardens and small farms were devastated by TC Winston, and is the result of a partnership between the Fiji Ministry for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, and UN Women's Markets for Change Project, through funding from the Australian Government. Read More
Thursday 3 November - Ten local designers are attending a workshop on the fundamentals of pattern making hosted by the Australian High Commission in partnership with the Fashion Council of Fiji (FCF) at the Fiji National University campus (FNU-Australia-Pacific Technical College shared facility) in Nabua from 3-5 November. The workshop is being facilitated by Australia Award scholarship recipient, Robert Verebasaga, who graduated this year with an Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Technology from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University’s (RMIT) School of Fashion and Textiles in Australia. Read More
Tuesday 1 November 2016 - The Honourable Minister for Education, Heritage and the Arts, Dr. Mahendra Reddy, today attended a launch at Nabau District School in Ra, to mark the start of the distribution of 100 photocopiers and 73 generators to 118 schools affected by Cyclone Winston. The photocopiers and generators have arrived in Fiji and will be delivered to the target schools in the coming weeks. These crucial supplies were procured by UNICEF with funds from the Australian Government and will be distributed by the Ministry of Education. Read More