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Australian Federal Election
The Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 14 September 2013.
Early (in-person) voting will be offered at this post from Monday 2 September 2013. Election arrangements including voting times will be published on this page closer to the election.
In the meantime, you can find information relating to being overseas at election time on the Australian Electoral Commission’s website www.aec.gov.au.
Important News: Important changes to Visitor visa framework
From 23 March 2013 the government introduced significant changes to the Visitor and Medical Treatment visas.
For more information, please see: www.immi.gov.au/visas/visitor-visa/
Australian High Commission, Samoa
High Commissioner's Message:
Welcome to the Australian High Commission Website.
Australia's relations with Samoa are strong and productive, underpinned by our aid, defence cooperation program, the Australia-Samoa Police Program and strong people-to-people links.
Australia is a key development partner for Samoa. Australia is Samoa’s largest aid donor, providing approximately $45.5 million in official development assistance. In support of Samoa's development strategy, the Samoa Australia aid partnership contributes to improvements in effective and accountable public sector administration; opportunities for employment and investment; enhancing law and justice; education outcomes and opportunities; health outcomes with a focus on primary and preventative health; sustainable management of natural resources; adaption to climate change challenges; and support for gender equality.
Samoa and Australia enjoy strong people-to-people links and a wide range of community and institution-to-institution connections. An increasing number of Australians are visiting Samoa each year as tourists, and the number of Samoans travelling to Australia is also steadily increasing. Almost sixty thousand Australian citizens or residents identify themselves as of Samoan ancestry.
Dr Stephen Henningham