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Australian Federal Election - 2 July 2016

The Australian federal election will be held on Saturday, 2 July 2016.

Enrolment and voting information

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Please note that you can only enrol or update your enrolment details till 8pm Monday 23 May 2016.

Early (in-person) voting will be available in Port Louis from Monday 20 June. Election arrangements, including voting times, will be published on this page and updated regularly.

You also have the option of making an online application for postal voting. Lodging a postal vote does not require you to attend our overseas mission in Port Louis. Online applications for a postal vote are available on the AEC website You should lodge your application for a postal vote with the AEC as soon as possible. The AEC must receive your postal vote application by close of business on Wednesday 29 June 2016.


Ballot papers must be completed and posted back to the AEC on or before election day. You only have 13 days after the election for your ballot papers to be received by the AEC.

More information relating to being overseas at election time, including details on enrolment and postal voting can be found on the Australian Electoral Commission’s website




Australia and Mauritius partner in Marine Renewable Energy

On 24 November 2015, a funding proposal of AUD$990,000 was endorsed by the Mauritian Minister of Finance and Economic Development, the Hon. Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo, GCSK together with other key stakeholders and partners including the Mauritian Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation and the Australian High Commission, Mauritius and Western Australian energy company, Carnegie Wave Energy Ltd.

The proposal, which follows on from an MOU with Mauritian Research Council which was signed in June of this year, will focus on three areas: the first is the delivery of a renewable energy roadmap for Mauritius, including technical, commercial and financial feasibility of high penetration renewable energy, the second is the assessment of the Mauritian wave energy resource and the identification of a preferred site for a commercial CETO wave energy project, and the third is the design of a microgrid powered desalination plant on the Mauritian island of Rodrigues.

The Honourable Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo stated “We welcome this initiative to explore Wave Energy as part of our Blue Economy vision. Mauritius as an ecologically vulnerable Small Island State needs green energy, green industries and green infrastructure to secure its long-term development in the face of climate change. Yet, access to the right technology and skills set remains a challenge to us. We are therefore thankful to the Government of Australia and to Carnegie Wave Energy Ltd for making available to us the know-how to investigate the potential of wave energy and to look at the wider renewable energy picture in terms of capacity building to chart the way forward”.

Australia’s High Commissioner Susan Coles said, “Access to clean, renewable energy is critical for Mauritius and other small island states, and is a key to unlocking their economic prosperity. The Australian High Commission is pleased to be working with Carnegie as a leading Australian technology developer to assist with enabling high renewable energy penetration on islands and to develop a local capability to deliver these. The work to be funded through this initiative follows on from the signing of a MoU between Carnegie and the Mauritius Research Council in June 2015 and is in line with Mauritius’ current focus on developing renewable energy technologies, the blue economy, and domestic water security.”

Carnegie’s Chief Operating officer, Mr Greg Allen said, “Renewable microgrid solutions incorporating combinations of wave, wind, solar, energy storage and desalination have the potential to deliver cheaper and cleaner power and freshwater for islands with much greater energy security than alternatives. Projects like Carnegie’s Garden Island Microgrid in Western Australia can be the model for Mauritius and island communities globally.”

Mr Allen is in Mauritius this week to hold discussions with key stakeholders of the Project, including: the Mauritian Government, Mauritius Research Council (MRC), Rodrigues Regional Assembly, Australian High Commission in Mauritius, Central Electricity Board, local universities and other institutions to foster the development, investment and sustainable management of renewable energy locally.


About Carnegie

Carnegie Wave Energy Limited is an Australian, ASX-listed (ASX:CWE) wave energy technology developer. Carnegie is the 100% owner and developer of the CETO Wave Energy Technology intellectual property. Carnegie is focussed on commercial opportunities in key target markets including UK, Europe and remote islands.

About “CETO” Technology

The CETO system is different from other wave energy devices as it operates under water where it is safer from large storms and invisible from the shore.

CETO technology characteristics include:
• Converts ocean wave energy into zero-emission electricity and desalinated water.
• Environmentally friendly, has minimal visual impact and attracts marine life.
• Fully-submerged in deep water, away from breaking waves and beachgoers.
The clean, renewable energy generated by Carnegie Wave’s CETO Technology is already being used by the Australian Department of Defence at Australia’s largest naval base, HMAS Stirling, on Garden Island in Western Australia.



 Bilateral meetings, Antananarivo, Madagascar, October 2015


During her visit to Madagascar this month, Ambassador Susan Coles met with President Héry Rajaonarimampianina and Foreign Minister Béatrice Attalah. Discussions focussed amongst others, on bilateral relations and regional cooperation including initiatives launched during Australia’s chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).

Relations between the two countries have grown in strength since the visit of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in September 2014.

In particular strong participation by Australian companies at the recent international mining conference, the establishment of an Australian Chamber of Commerce for the Indian Ocean Islands* - based in Madagascar - and the selection of four Malagasy professionals for the first cohort of masters scholarships under the Australia Africa Awards, were warmly welcomed by the President and the Foreign Minister.

* for further information about Australian Chamber Indian Ocean Islands please contact Mr Scott Reid at





The Australian Government has selected 3 professionals from Mauritius and 4 professionals from Madagascar to take up Australia Awards Scholarships at Masters level at Australian universities from January 2016.

In order to prepare the recipients to live and study in Australia, the Australian Government hosted a two-day workshop in Madagascar from 14 – 15 October 2015. At the workshops, recipients were thoroughly briefed on how to successfully relocate and how to approach their studies in Australia. Recipients also discussed their plans to use their new skills to contribute to their countries’ development on their return to Africa upon completion of their studies.

“The Australian Government’s objective is to provide high-quality education and training to talented Mauritian professionals who will be in a position, on their return home, to make an important contribution to national or regional development,” said HE Susan Coles, Australian High Commissioner.

Australia Awards provides postgraduate training opportunities to 11 countries across Africa. Australia Awards promotes development in Africa through scholarships in areas where Australia is recognised as having world-leading expertise, including agriculture and food security, health, mining and natural resource management, public policy (including public private partnerships, blue/ocean economy) and water and sanitation.

The Australian Government opened applications for the latest round of Australia Awards Scholarships (Masters Level) and Australia Awards-Africa Fellowships (short-term scholarships) on 1 September 2015.

Closing dates for the scholarships are as follows:
• Australia Awards Scholarships (Masters Level): 30 November 2015
• Australia Awards-Africa Fellowships (short-term scholarships): 18 December 2015
Australia Awards promotes equal participation by both women and men with the aim of achieving gender balance. The initiative also aims to ensure that people with disability are given a fair and equal opportunity to compete for and obtain scholarships. The Australian Government has put arrangements in place to support applicants and Awardees requiring specific assistance.

More information on Australia Awards in Africa is available on the website: website


Parliamentary Secretary Steven Ciobo MP visited Mauritius

Parliamentary Secretary Steven Ciobo MP represented Australia at the first Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) ministerial meeting on the blue economy, in Mauritius from 2 - 3 September.The Indian Ocean region is of growing strategic and economic importance to Australia. It includes some of the world’s fastest growing economies, has huge reserves of natural resources and half of the world’s container ships pass through its waters.

“The inaugural ministerial conference is a milestone,” Mr Ciobo said. “The blue economy is central to economic growth and job creation in all the Indian Ocean States including Australia. However, exploiting the ocean’s resources needs to be done sustainably. It requires scientific research and innovation, which happen to be Australia’s strengths.” Discussion at the conference focussed on bolstering economic growth through fisheries and aquaculture, renewable ocean energy, seaports and shipping, and seabed exploration and

During the conference, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Australian Energy Company, Carnegie Wave Energy Limited and the Seychelles Energy Commission to investigate commercial wave energy, micro grid and desalination development opportunities. The MOU was signed by the Seychelles Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the Hon. Didier Dogley and the Chief Operating Officer of Carnegie Wave Energy Ltd, Mr Greg Allen, in the presence of the Parliamentary Secretary to Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP and the Australian High Commissioner, HE Ms Susan Coles.

Australia\'s High Commissioner to Seychelles and Mauritius, H.E. Susan Coles, welcomed the signing, and noted: "This MOU consolidates the leading role of Australia as an innovator in marine renewable energy technologies for the Indian Ocean, with a similar MOU signed by the Mauritius Research Council in June." She added "already a pilot project is under development in Mauritius, demonstrating the region\'s very real commitment to \'Blue energy.\'









Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships and Short Courses open on 1st September 2015. Go to for more information
Les appels à candidature pour les bourses Australia Awards de longue durée (Masters) et courte durée (Fellowships) sont overtes à partir du 1 septembre. Consultez pour plus d’informations.









Indian Ocean Rim Association Women's Economic Empowerment Event


On 24 and 25 August delegates from business and chambers of commerce as well as government representatives from the IORA countries met in Seychelles to focus of women\'s economic empowerment. The conference explored the role of both the private and public sector in creating an enabling environment for women\'s engagement in the workforce.
The event was co-hosted by Australia\'s Ambassador for Women and Girls, HE Ms Natasha Stott-Despoja, and the Seychelles Ambassador for Women and Children,HE Dr Ema Athanasius. The opening ceremony was attended by Seychelles Foreign Affairs and Transport Mr Joel Morgan; Minister for Health Mrs Mitcy Larue; Minister for Fishries and Agriculture Mr Wallace Cosgrove, Australia’s High Commissioner to Seychelles HE Ms Susan Coles; and UN Women’s Meg Jones.



Participants of the IORA Women Economic Empowerment Conference with co-hosts HE Natasha Stott-Despoja and HE Dr Erna Athanasius










 HE Natasha Stott-Despoja addresses participants      HE Natasha Stott-Despoja and HE Dr Erna Athanasius



Australia and Seychelles strengthen cooperation in the Blue Economy

On Wednesday 26 August 2015, the Blue Economy Research Institute of the University of Seychelles signed an MOU with the University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute which will focus on developing academic and cultural interchange in teaching, research, training and other activities. The universities are expected to cooperate in a number of shared areas of interest, including (but not limited to) enhancing research and training capability on the oceans and blue economy, providing policy and managerial support to achieve common marine conservation objectives, providing expertise and technical support in marine environmental monitoring and exploring collaborative opportunities in ocean engineering, ocean forecasting, aquaculture and coral reef health.



High Commissioner Coles witnesses the signing of the MOU by the Vice Chancellor of the university of Seychelles, Prof Dennis Hardy and the Director of the Blue Economy Research Institute, Mrs Kelly Hoareau


The MOU was signed by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Seychelles, Professor Dennis Hardy and the Director of
he University’s Blue Economy Research

Institute, Mrs Kelly Hoareau, in the presence of Australia’s High Commissioner to the Seychelles, HE Ms Susan Coles and the Special Adviser to the Minister on Blue Economy, Mr Philippe Michaud.

The signing of the MOU was followed by the launching of the University of Seychelles and the Wildlife Clubs Seychelles’ Science Project which received funding from the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program to purchase essential materials and equipment for the University’s Centre for Environmental Education. This will support environmental education training that it provides to students, school teachers and volunteers who lead wildlife clubs.

Terence Vel from Wildlife Clubs Seychelles showing High Commisisoner Coles science exhibits


\'Coming ahead of the Indian Ocean Rim Association\'s first Ministerial meeting on the Blue Economy, to be held in Mauritius next week, this MOU and Science project are the sort of regional collaboration on research and environmental science that will underpin a solid work program on the blue economy going forward.’ said High Commissioner Coles.


Mauritius Alumni Ambassador – Kevin Koonjul
Master of Arts in Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning, Murdoch University, 2013

How have your studies in Australia impacted on your organization?

The experience gained during my studies in Australia has been very useful for me in my role as Head, Land use Planning Department at the Municipal Council of Vacoas Phoenix. Some of the units studied during my course have impacted a lot in my decision-making with regards to applications for development and managing the office. I often apply the system-thinking techniques and leadership skills acquired to proactively take decisions when it comes to the welfare of my organization.


What development issues in Africa are you most concerned about and how are you contributing to addressing these issues?

As a Professional Planner my main focus is on sustainable development within the building industry. Africa faces a lot of difficulties in implementing sustainable development solutions and particularly finding means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In order to address these issues, I have used my experience acquired in Australia to:
• Encourage people to conserve and use building resources efficiently
• Encourage the use of renewable resources and energy
• Educate and create awareness among the citizen of Mauritius about how the building sector contributes to greenhouse gas emissions
• Discuss solutions to these problems and what impact it can have on our ecosystem if no action are initiated

What was your most memorable experience in Australia?

Attending the Western Australia Planning Congress organized by the Planning Institute of Australia. I got the opportunity to meet and share experiences with professional planners including several who are globally recognized. I also treasure being involved in the weekly activities organized by the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute.

Why should someone from Madagascar apply for an Australia Award?

Australia Awards are prestigious scholarships that provide Awardees the opportunity to choose among the best universities in Australia and the chance to live and study in some of the world’s best cities. Australia has the third highest number of international students and since Mauritius is a multicultural country, Mauritian Awardees will feel close to home and can easily adapt to studying in Australia.

Australia Awards applications open 1 September 2015.

 Kevin Koonjul during his Masters at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Photo supplied.

“Australia Awards are prestigious scholarships that provide Awardees the opportunity to choose among the best universities in Australia and the chance to live and study in some of the world’s best cities. Australia has the third highest number of international students and since Mauritius is a multicultural country, Mauritian Awardees will feel close to home and can easily adapt to studying in Australia.” 



Madagascar Alumni Ambassador - Nantenaina Rasolonirina
Short Course - Mining Resources: Sustainable Management of Revenue Flows, University of Sydney, 2013

How have your studies in Australia impacted on your organization?

My Australia Award increased my existing understanding of issues in the mining and petroleum sectors and governance. The knowledge gained has also allowed me to introduce new insights in these two sectors, and therefore, I joined the Drafting Committee of the Petroleum Code in order to contribute actively towards the improvement of our legal and regulatory framework. The members of the Committee are composed of OMNIS (Office des Mines Nationales et des Industries Stratégiques), Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, and consultants.

What development issues in Africa are you most concerned about and how are you contributing to addressing these issues?

One of the main development issues in Africa is the governance of the natural resources and I look forward to making a positive difference in the petroleum sector by implementing new ideas through the Petroleum Code and elsewhere by ensuring transfer of knowledge to my peers. I am also strengthening my capacity to make an impact in the sector and interacting with other African Australia Alumni in order to find collaborative solutions.

What was your most memorable experience in Australia?

Since Madagascar is reputed for its endemic biodiversity, I am very sensitive to its protection and what impressed me most in Australia is the possibility of cohabitation between mining exploitation and protected areas. We should all learn more about sustainable development which combines development and protection.

Why should someone from Madagascar apply for an Australia Award?

I encourage my Malagasy mates to apply for the Australia Awards because not only do they give international training about one specific sector but also Awardees are integrated into a supportive community where they can interact with their African peers who may face the same issues as they do or with experts who can help them solve these issues during and after the Awards.


Australia Awards applications open 1 September 2015.

Nantenaina Rasolonirina visits the Alcoa Huntly Mine in Western Australia with fellow participants during her Mining Resources Short Course. Photo supplied.


“My Australia Award increased my existing understanding of issues in the mining and petroleum sectors and governance. The knowledge gained has also allowed me to introduce new insights in these two sectors … I encourage my Malagasy mates to apply for the Australia Awards because not only do they give international training about one specific sector but also Awardees are integrated into a supportive community where they can interact with their African peers who may face the same issues as they do or with experts who can help them solve these issues during and after the Awards.” 




Direct Aid Program (DAP)





he Australian High Commission\'s Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants scheme designed to assist community organisations working in fields such as poverty alleviation, education, sanitation, health, human rights, rural development and conservation.

Projects must have a tangible and direct development outcome. Priority is given to proposals that help alleviate poverty in a sustainable way; contribute to skills development; promote women’s social and economic empowerment; address significant community health issues; and/or support the needs of children, youth, disabled persons and other disadvantaged groups.

Organisations can apply for funding of any amount up to AUD60,000 per project.

DAP funds are project based and ARE NOT used for items such as: salaries, purchase of property (including vehicles, land, or a building), rent, electricity charges, transport, international travel, office running costs, other administrative and organisational costs such as general promotion or monitoring and evaluation, micro-credit schemes, commercial ventures or cash donations.

Applications should be submitted in English and in French. Please complete the DAP Application Form that is located in the \'Development Cooperation section\' of our website under the main menu and send this to the High Commission with requested information including any invoices / quotes for the items outlined in your proposal. (DAP normally operates by funding specific quotations. If this does not apply to your project please ensure that your proposal has a complete budget.)

Completed applications can either be mailed or sent by email to: The Direct Aid Program Coordinator, Australian High Commission, 2nd Floor, Rogers House, President John Kennedy Street; Port Louis, (Note: while email submission is preferred, please note that emails exceeding 4mb will not be received).


Passport Services

From 1 July 2015 all passport applications must be lodged in person at the Australian High Commission. Applications sent by courier or post will not be accepted.
From 1 July 2015 all passport applications lodged outside of Australia will incur an additional processing fee of AUD100 (adults) or AUD50 (children). See more

Lodging your application

You will need an appointment to lodge your Australian passport application.
Applications may be lodged between 8:30 to 15:00 Monday to Friday
Please note that child applications should be lodged in person by a parent or person with parental responsibility for the child. The parent or person lodging the application is not required to be an Australian citizen, but will need to bring photographic proof of their own identity to the appointment. Children do not have to attend the lodgement interview.
Please contact us on +230 202 0160 to make an appointment.

To apply for a passport :
1. Complete your form online at
2. Print the completed application form, sign within the signature box and date
3. Obtain two passport photos (see photo requirements),
4. Contact us to lodge your application by appointment. Bring your signed form, photos, fee payment, most recently issued passport and any other necessary original documentation (as listed on the application form) to your appointment.

New passports are usually issued within 3 weeks of receipt of a complete application.

 2015 Reintegration Workshops in Australia

Semester One Reintegration workshops for graduating students were held in April in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane. Awardees from a variety of Australian institutions were invited to attend, including 5 from Mauritius and Seychelles. At the workshops, Awardees were given the opportunity to reflect on and modify their reintegration plans through the Reintegration Planning Portal, ensuring alignment of Award- acquired skills and knowledge with their planned development contributions for implementation on return home. In addition, they were able to further build their soft skills in areas of leadership, managing resistance to change, and stakeholder communication.
The workshops also provided Awardees with detailed information on their Alumni transition, including opportunities for engagement as part of the Alumni Network across Africa. For graduating scholars from Mauritius and Seychelles, active Alumni Associations already exist in their home countries