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Message from the Australian High Commissioner
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa. I hope it will assist you in understanding more about Australia and about the role the High Commission plays.
As the Australian High Commissioner, I am accredited to seven countries in Southern Africa – Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. I am also accredited to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), an important regional organisation based in Botswana. Together with the team at the High Commission, we seek to advance Australia’s political, economic and security interests in all of those countries.
It is a particular privilege to serve as Australia’s High Commissioner at a time when we are significantly enhancing our engagement with Africa, serving on the UN Security Council for the period 2013-14 and chairing the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) for the next two years. Australia’s ties with Africa continue to expand through regular high-level visits; growing trade and investment with the continent; and close people-to-people links, in areas such as sport, education, culture, tourism and business.
Australia is committed to working with the countries of southern Africa as a friend and partner, not only to address some of the continent’s development challenges, but also to help those countries reach their full potential. I am confident that our joint efforts to enhance engagement will benefit both our continents.
Australia is an innovative and dynamic country with a strong economy, a diverse and multicultural society, a wealth of natural wonders and a commitment to forging positive partnership with countries around the globe.
For Australian citizens and permanent residents in southern Africa, I would like to encourage you to register with the Australian Government through the High Commission or at www.smartraveller.gov.au
Registering with the High Commission is beneficial and easy. The registration information provided by you will help us to find you in an emergency. It may also be used to pass other information to you such as new Travel Advisories, notice of elections, and important information relevant to travellers and expatriates.
His Excellency Mr Graeme Wilson is Australia's High Commissioner to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland, and Ambassador to Angola.
2014 Western Australian Senate election
An election for six new Senators for Western Australia will be held on Saturday 5 April 2014.
You can if you are enrolled to vote in Western Australia, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AWST(Australian Western Standard Time) Friday 7 March 2014.
In person voting will not be available at the High Commission for this election. You can apply online for a postal vote to be sent to you from Australia at www.aec.gov.au/overseas
TROPFEST COMING TO SOUTH AFRICAN CINEMAS IN MARCH
On 9 February 2014, HE Mr Graeme Wilson hosted a reception at the Australian residence in honour of the Australian Cricket Team, in advance of the commencement of the Australia-South Africa test series
On 16 January 2014, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa attended a working lunch hosted by the Australian High Commissioner at the Australian residence
From left to right: Mr Jamie Isbister (Minister Counsellor Development Cooperation [Africa]), Mr Daniel Mminele (Deputy Reserve Bank Governor), Mr John Madew (Senior Trade Commissioner for Africa), Ms Gill Marcus (Governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa), HE Mr Graeme Wilson (Australian High Commissioner) and Professor Danny Bradlow (Reserve Bank Head of International Economic Relations and Policy)