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For the latest news and updates about the Australian Direct Aid Program, events and more, visit "Australia in the Caribbean" today! See you there!!!
Applications are now CLOSED for the 2014-2015 Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities managed by Heads of Australian Missions in approximately 45 countries. The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships.
For more information about the program, visit www.dfat.gov.au/direct_aid_program.
Assessments and evaluation of the various projects submitted have now commenced. Applicants are advised that individual responses to submissions will only be given following completion of this process.
The Australian HIgh Commission wishes to thank everyone who participated in this process.
Ebola Outbreak - Australia's response
Australia will provide an additional $10 million to the international response to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa.
This will bring Australia’s total contribution to the Ebola response to $18 million and is in addition to the more than $40 million provided to the World Health Organisation over the past year to support global health activities. To read more about this, click here.
AVID and the Lionfish Derby
The Australian AVID program is helping to protect the Caribbean marine environment through promoting the consumption of invasive alien species! For more information, click here.
G20 Special Representative Visits the Caribbean
Australia's Special Representative to the G20, Mr Daniel Sloper and Assistant Director - G20 International Engagement, Mr Samuel Bentley recently completed a visit to the Caribbean conducting high-level meetings and outreach in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. For information on the visit, click here.
WARNING: Jobs/Phishing Scam Alert
The Australian High Commission advises all persons interested in visiting, working or living in Australia to please be aware of a number of Job Scams that may be related to Phishing Scams.
Social media sites and the wider Internet present many opportunities to earn extra money; many of which are not legitimate. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Always ensure that any potential employers and requests are legitimate and be wary of the following:
* Any job where you are asked to accept and transfer money from one bank account to another.
* Being asked for your bank account number or for the bank account number of another person so that someone’s salary or money owing to them can be credited to the account.
* Instructions to forward funds to persons abroad.
* Visa application through third parties/agents and invitations to live in Australia.
Approaching entry into Force: Australia ratifies the Arms Trade Treaty
On 3 June Australia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) New York, His Excellency Gary Quinlan deposited Australia's instrument of ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at an event held at the UN New York to mark the first anniversary of the Treaty's opening for signature. Seven other States (Austria, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Samoa) also deposited their instruments of ratification at the event, bringing the total number of ratifications to 40.
An additional 10 ratifications are now needed to trigger the Treaty's entry into force. The ATT ratification ceremony took place during an event co-chaired by Australia and Trinidad and Tobago, with the co-sponsorship of the seven other ratifying States and Japan.
The full text of HE Quinlan's speech following the deposit of Australia's instrument of ratification can be downloaded here.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Julie Bishop also issued a Press Release on the ratification event which can be downloaded here.
An Op-ed on the significance of the Arms Trade Treaty by Minister Julie Bishop can be downloaded here.
Australia in Focus - The G20 Presidency
Australia holds the presidency of the Group of Twenty (G20) from 1 December 2013 to 30 November 2014. Australia will chair the G20 meetings in 2014, bringing together leaders, Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, Trade Ministers and Employment and Labour Ministers from major developing and advanced economies to address critical economic and financial challenges facing the world.
The G20 is the world’s premier forum for international economic cooperation and decision making. G20 members account for 85 per cent of global GDP, 75 per cent of global trade and two-thirds of the world’s population. Australia’s G20 Presidency will focus on promoting stronger economic growth and employment outcomes and making the global economy more resilient to deal with future shocks.The G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held in Brisbane on 15-16 November 2014.
For more details on the G20, download this overview.
To read about Australian Sherpa Dr Heather Smith's address on the priorities of Australia during its G20 Presidency, click here.
Speaker of the House, Bronwyn Bishop visits Trinidad and Tobago
Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Honourable Bronwyn Bishop, MP, is greeted on her arrival by President of the Senate of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Senator the Honourable Timothy Hamel-Smith. Looking on is Mr Brian Caesar, Marshal of the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Read the full story here.
Australian Government Funding changing lives for women with Cervical Cancer in Grenada and Dominica
The Manager and President of the HCC recently returned from country visits to Grenada and Dominica where they were able to see first-hand how funds provided by the Australian Direct AID Program (managed by the HCC) are contributing to a coordinated multi-faceted community based response to cervical cancer.
In Grenada, prevention and advocacy are the focus of the Grenada Cancer Society's sub project which has already produced a radio jingle to be launched nationally in March. A documentary featuring survivors of cervical cancer is currently under development and will shed light on the journey of women diagnosed with the disease in that country. Dr Barrymore Mc Barnette, a local physician and president of the GCS noted that a recent cervical cancer study revealed that cervical cancer related mortality is on the rise and attributed this to late screening, delayed treatment and limited treatment options in the island.
In addition to the jingle and documentary, the GCS is working with NGO partners and the Ministry of Health to develop evidence informed awareness materials to combat cervical cancer myths and encourage pap testing among women in rural areas. While in Grenada, the HCC was pleased to meet with the GCS Executive Board; the Minister of Health, Honourable Dr Clarice Modeste; Ms. Shere-ann Noel of CC-6 Television; and NCD NGOs, Planned Parenthood, Grenada National Organisation of Women, Central Health Grenada, and the Grenada Diabetes Association.
In Dominica, the focus is on meeting some of the treatment needs of underserved women diagnosed with cervical cancer. The Dominica Cancer Society is working in partnership with the local hospital oncologist Dr Malaka to provide treatment vouchers for women with greatest need. The project is also highly collaborative with community partners and the Ministry of Health, supporting the development of educational materials and the training of outreach volunteers which will serve to expand the work of the DCS in this area. Tina Alexander of the Executive Board remarked that the 'side effects' of the project have been so positive - including strengthening the capacity of the DCS around cervical cancer, creating new partnerships, and building the operational capacity of the organisation with the purchase of much needed equipment. Vinna Royer, Ex-President and member noted that membership in the HCC has allowed the DCS to cultivate critical partnerships with CSOs across the Caribbean including the Cancer Institute of Guyana (also a sub-grantee on this project) where DCS has referred cervical cancer patients for treatment.
High Commissioner Ross Tysoe, AO also visited the Dominica Cancer Society during his visit to the Commonwealth of Dominica during February 2014. During his visit he was able to meet with the leadership team of the Dominica Cancer Society and discuss the impact of the ongoing collaboration as well as areas for future engagement.
For more information on the collaboration between the Australian High Commission HCC, and the HCC's work in the region, click here.
Media Releases from the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs can be found here.
Media Releases from the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment can be found here.
Speeches from the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs can be found here.
Speeches from the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment can be found here.