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Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Lebanon. The site provides a range of information on Australia, the work of the Embassy, and the Australia-Lebanon relationship. I hope you will find interesting and informative.
Australia’s strong relationship with Lebanon is underpinned by the extensive people-to-people links between our two countries. According to the 2011 census, there were over 76,000 Lebanese-born residents in Australia, and we currently have an estimated 400,000 Australians of Lebanese ancestry. At the same time, approximately 20,000-25,000 Australian passport holders normally reside in Lebanon; a figure which increases by several thousand during summer.
The website includes information and links aimed at answering most of the commonly-asked questions about Australia, including on visas and immigration; Australian culture; business opportunities; international activities and government services.
You will also find links to relevant Australian Government websites; details of recent Embassy activities; announcements regarding upcoming events; and information on the Embassy’s Direct Aid Program (DAP), which aims to help relieve humanitarian hardship across Lebanon.
I would like to take this opportunity to recommend to all Australian citizens and permanent residents in Lebanon that they register with the Australian Government through Smartraveller at www.smartraveller.gov.au. Registering is simple and beneficial. It means we can find you in an emergency, and we can also relay important information to you about elections, new travel advisories and other developments.
Thank you for your interest in Australia, and the work of the Australian Embassy.
HE Mr Glenn Miles
The New South Wales (NSW) State election
The New South Wales (NSW) State election will take place on 28 March 2015.
An information bulletin has been published on Smartraveller detailing how Australians can vote in the election if overseas: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/TravelBulletins/NSWElection
The Embassy is no longer a voting centre for the purpose of NSW elections. All eligible voters who will be overseas on election day can now use the iVote system online to lodge their vote and posts should refer clients to the NSW Electoral Commission website: https://www.vote.nsw.gov.au/
Australian alumni network
The Embassy is keen to stay in touch with Australian alumni in Lebanon.
If you studied at an Australian university, please send your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help us send you information on events that may be of interest to you, please include a brief outline of what you studied and where you are working now.
University of Canberra and Lebanese University launch new scholarship for study in Australia
On 28 November, the Australian Chargé d’affaires, Mr David Windsor, represented the President of the University of Canberra at a ceremony to launch the ‘Dr Adnan Sayyed Hussein Scholarship’ at the Lebanese University.
The scholarship – named after the President of the Lebanese University – will enable a high-performing student from the Lebanese University to study in Australia at the University of Canberra.
At the ceremony, Mr Windsor commended the partnership between the Lebanese University and the University of Canberra as a shining example of the increasing educational ties between Lebanon and Australia, and one which will provide invaluable opportunities for students from both countries.
Further humanitarian assistance to IRAQ and SYRIA
The Hon Julie Bishop MP
Today I announce that Australia will provide an additional $15 million for life-saving assistance to people in Iraq and Syria affected by the ongoing violence perpetrated by terrorists. Full Article
Joseph Tawadros performs at the American University of Beirut
On 8 November, Australian oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros performed to rapturous applause at the American University of Beirut’s historic Assembly Hall.
The concert – proudly supported by the Australian Embassy and the American University of Beirut – was Tawadros’ first in Lebanon, and featured songs from his award-winning albums ‘The Prophet: Music Inspired by the Works of Khalil Gibran’ and ‘Permission to Evaporate’.
More information on Joseph is available from his website, www.josephtawadros.com.
Australia and the G20
The Group of Twenty (G20) brings together the leaders of the world’s major advanced and emerging economies to address global economic challenges – as its response to the 2008 global financial crisis showed, it is capable of taking decisive action that improves people’s lives.
Australia, as current President of the G20, will host the G20 Leaders’ Summit on 15 and 16 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland.
Resettlement of Iraqis and Syrians in Australia's Humanitarian Programme
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
The offshore component of Australia’s resettlement programme comprises of two categories of permanent visas. These are:
Refugee – for people who are subject to persecution in their home country, who are typically outside their home country, and are in need of resettlement. The majority of applicants who are considered under this category are identified and referred by the UNHCR to Australia for resettlement. The Refugee category includes the Refugee, In-country Special Humanitarian, Emergency Rescue and Woman at Risk visa subclasses.
Special Humanitarian Programme (SHP) – for people outside their home country who are subject to substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of human rights in their home country, and immediate family of persons who have been granted protection in Australia. Applications for entry under the SHP must be supported by a proposer who is an Australian citizen, or an organisation that is based in Australia.
The resettlement of Iraqis and Syrians who have fled their home country remains a priority within Australia’s offshore Humanitarian Programme. The Australian Government is responding to the current crises in Iraq and Syria by providing targeted places in this year’s Humanitarian Programme. Full Article
People Smugglers won't get you to Australia
The Australian Government continues its work with regional partners to disrupt people smuggling ventures. Full Article
Foreign Minister's Visit to Jordan and Lebanon
The Hon Julie Bishop MP
In my first visit to Jordan and Lebanon as Foreign Minister I have highlighted Australia’s strong and continuing support for Jordan and Lebanon as they address the challenges caused by Syria’s tragic and continuing humanitarian crisis.
In Lebanon, where over one million registered Syrian refugees make up one fifth of the country’s total population, I met with UNHCR and UNICEF to discuss Australian support for those affected by the Syrian crisis.
During the visit I announced $20 million in funding from the Australian Government to be provided to the United Nations’ ‘No Lost Generation’ initiative to help build better futures for these children by improving their education and addressing the violence and displacement they have faced. Full Article
|HE the Hon Julie Bishop MP with UNICEF and UNHCR representatives||
HE the Hon Julie Bishop MP with HE President of the Republic, General Michel Sleiman
Australian Visa Application Centre has changed locations
The Australian Visa Application Centre has changed locations. See “How to Lodge an Application” on the following link.
Australia tougher than ever on illegal boat arrivals
Media release from the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, today said anti-people smuggling measures the Australian Government had introduced, including a ban on permanent protection visas for people who arrived before July 19 this year, demonstrated the strength of the Government’s resolve. Full article
|Australian Ambassador to Lebanon, Lex Bartlem, and Australian Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues, Craig Chittick, discussed ways to combat people smuggling with His Eminence Sheikh Malek Al Shaar, Mufti of Tripoli and the North, on 28 November 2013.|
To read the National News Agency's interview with Ambassador Chittick about people smuggling from Lebanon, click here.
To read the National News Agency's article about the Australian Envoy's meeting with His Eminence Sheikh Malek Al Shaar, Mufti of Tripoli and the North, click here.
Information for Australian Citizens
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