Australian Consulate-General
Noumea, New Caledonia
Address: Norwich Building, Level 2, 11 rue Georges Baudoux, Artillerie, Noumea, New Caledonia - Tel: +687 27 24 14

The Australian Consulate-General has relocated to the Norwich building, level 2,    11 rue Georges Baudoux, Artillerie.
Contact details remain unchanged, including the switch +687 27 24 14.

 

 

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Australian Consulate General now in Artillerie

The Australian Consulate General is now located at Level 2, 11 Rue Georges Baudoux (entrance via Rue Georges Baudoux, opposite the ‘Portalis’ building).

A lively “Office warming” with key partners of Australia, including French High Commissioner Vincent Bouvier, members of Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) and the Australia-New Caledonia alumni network (ACDA), marked the first week of operations in the new location.
 

 

Pacific Economic Cooperation Council Seminar

Australian Consul General Heidi Bootle spoke at the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) seminar held at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). She outlined Australia’s energy policy including the upcoming Energy White Paper and Australia’s support in the Pacific to assist countries to meet their long term energy needs.

Speech delivered by the Consul General

Australia’s Energy Transition Presentation

 
President Hollande visits New Caledonia and Australia

President of the French Republic Francois Hollande recently completed his first official visit to New Caledonia and Australia. While in New Caledonia, the President gave a keynote address to members of parliament and other dignitaries and spoke at a high level dialogue on climate change organised and hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Consul General Heidi Bootle participated in his various elements of his program (pictured, centre of photo).

President Hollande was then accompanied by President of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch and President of the Government of New Caledonia Cynthia Ligeard to Australia and Wallis and Futuna Member of parliament Napole Polutele . In the first ever visit by a French Head of State, President Hollande said that “France is a good friend of Australia and, indeed, a neighbour here in the Pacific.” (Pictured are President Hollande and President of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch.)

Victorian State Election – 29 November 2014

The Victorian State Election is scheduled to take place on Saturday 29 November 2014.

For details on postal or early votes, and further information please check the Victorian Electoral Commission website.

Please note the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea will not be open on voting day.
 

154th Melbourne Cup

Australian Consul General, Heidi Bootle, hosted a business-focused event around the 154th Melbourne Cup, with the theme being Australian tourism. Qantas and ANZ were the principal sponsors and the guest of honour was Mr Igor Kwiatkowski, Regional Director of Qantas. Australia’s cultural and sporting event calendar attracts local and international visitors, with the Melbourne Cup Carnival filling 176 000 hotel beds in 2013.

Speech delivered by Heidi Bootle

Australian Gastronomy Evening

The Australia-New Caledonia Alumni Network hosted an evening dedicated to gourmet Australian cuisine. The event was sponsored by the Australian Consulate General and la Vinothèque and was held at hospitality training school Lycée Escoffier.

Full speech given by Consul General, Heidi Bootle.

Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue conference held in Noumea


The Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue brings together more than 120 young professionals from the public and private sector across the Pacific. It is an opportunity for those identified as the next potential leaders in our region to discuss pertinent issues and challenges, as well as strengthen regional links. At the opening conference, held in Noumea, Australian Consul General Heidi Bootle gave a presentation on the success of the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands, highlighting that “stability and peace are fundamental precursors to prosperity.”

Full Speech given by the Consul General
RAMSI Powerpoint Presentation
 

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting

The third G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting was held in Cairns recently. In his closing statement, Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey commended the strong spirit of cooperation and announced the commitment to “900 policy initiatives that help to make the economy around $2 trillion larger within 4 years.” The outcomes of the meeting will be delivered at the G20 Leader’s Summit next month.

Full transcript of Treasurer Hockey’s closing statement.

Australia is presiding over the G20 Summit in 2014. This year focuses on the themes of promoting global economic growth and employment, and building resilience of financial institutions and economies. The G20 Leader’s Summit, to be held in Brisbane in November, will welcome leaders of 19 member countries, as well as the European Union. For more information, translated into thirteen languages, see the official G20 website.

 

Australian Maths Competition prize ceremony

This year, nearly 600 candidates sat the 2014 Australian Maths Competition in New Caledonia. After the release of the results, the top students were invited to the prize ceremony.

Australian Consul General, Heidi Bootle, hosted the 33rd prize ceremony for the maths competition, which is organised in New Caledonia by Nathalie Leroy. The success of the competition has not wavered over the years. This year, 18 students from year 7 to year 12 were rewarded for their efforts.

In her opening speech, Ms Bootle highlighted that Australia offers “cutting edge, world renowned education and training, offered at universities and technical colleges classed amongst the best.

Speech given by Consul General Heidi Bootle
 

Official visit to French Polynesia

Australia’s bilateral relationship with French Polynesia centres around economic and education exchanges. To carry forward discussions in these areas, Consul General, Heidi Bootle, and Policy Officer, Ben Fuluhea, visited Papeete. Meetings were held with local authorities, including the President.

Papeete-based Honorary Consul, Marc Siu assists the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea by providing consular assistance as needed. The Honorary Consul accompanied the delegation on meetings in Papeete.

Other meetings included the Secretary General of the French High Commission in Papeete, Gilles Cantal, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Employment (CCISM), Stephane Chin Loy and President of the University of French Polynesia, Eric Conte, on the potential partnerships for the Australia Awards scholarship program.

Discussions were held with Minister for Education, Michel Leboucher, about our ongoing partnership on the Australia Awards program, including for the selection process for 2014-2015.

Read the speech given by Consul General at a media conference.

10th Australia New Caledonia Business Forum

Parliamentary Secretary to the Foreign Minister, Senator Brett Mason, was the keynote speaker at the 10th Australian New Caledonian Business Forum in Brisbane. The Forum, hosted by the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) aims to build trade networks and present new opportunities for bilateral trade and investment.

This year’s Forum was attended by around 50 industry representatives to discuss key sectors including education, resources and tourism, and the project to include Australian standards in the New Caledonian construction industry.

The Forum was preceded by a visit to the state of the art TAFE Queensland SkillsTech Lennon Underground Mine Safety Training Gallery, organised by Austrade and Trade and Investment Queensland.

APIBC Director General Frank Yourn announced that the 2015 Forum will be held in Noumea.

Read the Parliamentary Secretary’s speech
Read the Consul General’s speech
See the Consul General’s presentation

Pictured with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Foreign Minister, Senator Brett Mason (second from right) and the Australian Consul General Heidi Bootle (second from left), are APIBC Director Frank Yourn, New Caledonian Government representative Sandrine Bellier, and APIBC President Greg Pawson.

15th Salon de l’Etudiant

The 15th Salon de l’Etudiant was a great occasion for the Australian Consulate General to promote Australia’s high quality education services. Nine Australian institutions and universities ran stands at the Salon to show case opportunities available for studying in Australia. Australian Trade Commissioner, Adrian Weeks, as well as Alumni members and representatives of the Australian Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) Noumea working group were present at the Australia Unlimited to field questions.

Consul General, Heidi Bootle and Policy Officer, Ben Fuluhea participated in an interview with NC1ère Radio on education services in Australia.

In her speech at the opening cocktail, Consul General, Heidi Bootle, highlighted that “encouraging New Caledonians to study in Australia above all enables them to strengthen their abilities and to develop their potential.”

Full speech delivered by Consul General Heidi Bootle
 

Film Screening at Tjibaou Cultural Centre

Nearly 400 people turned out for the Australian Consulate General’s annual indigenous film screening. Guests enjoyed a fine selection of Australian cheese and wine before watching this year’s film Satellite Boy - a celebration of indigenous culture and traditions. Consul General Heidi Bootle noted that this year “Australia also honoured indigenous Australians who served in defence of country through the theme of Serving Country: Centenary and Beyond.”


Full speech given by Consul General, Heidi Bootle
 

 

Anzac Day 2014

Anzac Day 2014 was marked by two commemorative ceremonies in New Caledonia.

The ANZAC Day wreath-laying ceremony at the New Zealand War Cemetery in Bourail on 24 April and the Anzac Day Dawn Service and wreath-laying on 25 April at the Croix de Lorraine in Noumea.

The dawn service was attended by officials from the French High Commission, elected members of the New Caledonian Government, members of the Diplomatic Corps, war veterans, local schools and more than 200 members of the public.

Anzac Day is a day to remember Australian and New Zealand men and women who have served their countries in times of conflict. In New Caledonia it is an opportunity to acknowledge the close, enduring bilateral relationship between Australia, France and New Caledonia, and our shared history, including in times of conflict. 

Speech given at the Bourail Ceremony and 'In Flanders Fields' read by the Consul General at the Noumea Dawn Service.

Image 1: Protocol Rank (from left to right): Representative for the President of the Assembly of the Southern Province, Dominique Daly, Consul General of New Zealand, Linda Te Puni, Senator for New Caledonia, Hilarion Venedgeou, Deputy of the French Assembly and Mayor of Noumea, Sonia Lagarde, French High Commissioner, Jean-Jacques Brot, Senator for New Caledonia, Pierre Frogier, Consul General of Australia, Heidi Bootle, Honorary Mayor of Noumea, Jean Leques, Representative for the President of Congress, Pascale Doniguian, Commander of the French Armed Forces in New Caledonia, General Luc de Peron de Revel.

Australia Awards 2014/15

Following the launch of the 2014/15 Australia Awards campaign (7 March to 31 May 2014) in the three French Pacific Collectivities, Consul General Heidi Bootle was interviewed by Wallis and Futune Premiere about the campaign.

Since the campaign's launch 15 years ago, over 30 students from Wallis and Futuna have been granted Australia Awards scholarships. Former Wallis and Futuna awardees and alumni from South Bank TAFE, Catherine Nerou and Avila Hensen, were also interviewed. Both Catherine and Avila currently work within the tourism industry in New Caledonia.

Partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

The Australian Government and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have reaffirmed their commitment to effective aid with the 10-year Partnership for Pacific Regionalism and Enhanced Development (2014-2023) signed in Canberra on Wednesday 12 March.

DFAT Acting Secretary Paul Grigson and SPC Director-General Dr Colin Tukuitonga co-signed the Partnership.

Link: http://aid.dfat.gov.au/LatestNews/Pages/australia-commits-to-on-the-ground-results-in-the-pacific.aspx

Australia Day

The Consulate General recently celebrated Australia Day with a cocktail function and dinner on board the cruise ship, the Pacific Dawn.

The evening was held in partnership with Carnival Australia and the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council.

Click here to read Consul General, Heidi Bootle’s speech.
 

Launch of the Australian Alumni Association for New Caledonian Students

On 4 February, Consul General Heidi Bootle and President of Congress Roch Wamytan held an event to launch an Alumni Association for New Caledonians who have studied in Australia. President of Congress Wamytan hailed the project as an opportunity to strengthen ties between Australia and New Caledonia.

Alumni Registration Form

Seeking applications from Wallis and Futuna

The Consulate is seeking applications from Wallis and Futuna for Direct Aid Program grants. The program focuses on supporting small-scale development projects.

Contact us for more information on the program and how to apply.

Melbourne Cup 2013

The Australian Consulate General, in partnership with the ANZ representational office in New Caledonia, celebrated the 2013 Melbourne Cup with a reception at the Australian Residence. Guests included members of Government, the business and horse racing community, and media.

The theme of the evening was development of bilateral cooperation in the fields of sport, horse racing and agriculture.

Photos from the evening.

Welcoming visiting musicians from Murundak: Songs of Freedom during their tour of New Caledonia

Australian Consul-General, Heidi Bootle and sponsors, the Circle for Australia-New Caledonia Business (CAANC) and the ANZ representative office, hosted a reception at the Australian Residence for singers from Murundak: Songs of Freedom, (L-R) Lou Bennett, Deline Briscoe and Emma Donovan.

In partnership with the Consulate-General and the Service for the teaching of Kanak Languages and Culture, (Vice-Rectorat) the singers performed to schools in Koné, Nouméa and Lifou which gathered for screenings of the film ‘Murundak: Songs of Freedom’ and Q&A sessions focused on culture and identity.

Photos from the evening.

Speech given by the Australian Consul-General, Heidi Bootle, at the reception.

 

 

Undertaking work experience in Australia

There is no specific visa for undertaking work experience in Australia but this is possible under the Training and Research (Subclass 402) Visa – Occupational Trainee Stream.

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Australia Awards Alumni Network

Did you study in Australia? Would you like to meet other former students who also studied in Australia?

Would you like to stay in touch with Australia through the Australian Consulate-General in New Caledonia?

In that case, subscribe to the "Australia Awards Alumni Network" and become a fan of Australia!

Click here for more information.

Visitor and Medical Treatment Visas

From 23 March 2013 the government intends to introduce significant changes to the Visitor and Medical Treatment visas.
For more information, please see: www.immi.gov.au/visas/visitor-visa/ 

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