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Australia Awards Call for Applications
The call for applications for the 2015-16 Australia Awards intake, for both Masters and short course awards, opened on 1 September 2014 and will close on 16 January 2015. Applications can be made online via the Australia Awards in Africa website: www.australiaawardsafrica.org. The promotional Africa Fellowships (short courses) and Scholarships (Masters) brochures are available to assist applicants determine their eligibility for an Australian Award. The Awards program targets the extractives, agriculture and public policy sectors, with some health Masters also available.
- The Australian Foreign Affairs Minister The Hon Julie Bishop MP announced additional assistance of $5 million for Somalia on 10 September 2014. The funding will be directed to the United Nations' Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) to provide Somalis in need with emergency food, water, sanitation, shelter and medical assistance. The full press release can be found here.
- High Commissioner to Tanzania H.E. Geoff Tooth visited Arusha from 23 to 26 August 2014. He met with Australian volunteers, visited the UMOJA project and also the Nronga biogas project and women dairy cooperative society, where biogas was identified in this region as a suitable sustainability development for the community to complement existing poverty alleviation activities and plans to adopt Zero Grazing dairy methods.
- The Australian Foreign Affairs Minister The Hon Julie Bishop MP announced additional assistance of $5 million for South Sudan on 17 August 2014. The funding will be directed to the United Nations' Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF). The full press release can be found here.
- High Commissioner to Kenya H.E. Geoff Tooth visited the AACES programs in Laikipia and Isiolo Counties on 22 and 23 July 2014. The High Commissioner, the County Governments and other partners gained insight into the AACES project activities managed by the Anglican Overseas Aid and ActionAid. The Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES) is an Australian Government funded scheme that helps to enhance food security and reduce mother and child related deaths in the Rift Valley, Nyanza, Eastern and Coast regions in Kenya. The program is being implemented in Kenya by ActionAid International Kenya, Mothers Union of the Anglican Church, World Vision Kenya, Plan International Kenya and Marie Stopes Kenya.
Australian High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth, Isiolo County Governor Hon. Godana Doyo (right foreground), Australian High Commission staff and ActionAid staff during the launch of Kakili Irrigation scheme in Isiolo County
- On 9 July 2014, Assistant Secretary Mr Adam McCarthy visited the Caritas Australia child rights project funded under the Australia NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) in Korogocho, Nairobi. Caritas and the local NGO partner, Pendekezo Letu (PKL), are working with communities in informal settlements to improve their lives, with strategies including supporting rehabilitation of street girls, legal aid, child rights clubs, HIV/AIDS support groups, vocational skills training and economic empowerment especially of women. The project is achieving tangible benefits for communities, while ensuring sustainability of project outcomes.
Assistant Secretary Mr Adam McCarthy with staff from the Australian High Commission, Caritas and PKL in a meeting with members of Ushirika women support group
- The Australian Trade and Development Business Network is a new business network launched by Ms Bishop on 29 June. The network includes companies such as Beach Energy, San Remo Pasta, Coffey International, URS Limited and the ANZ Bank in partnership with the Institute for International Trade (IIT) at the University of Adelaide. A featured project under the network is a partnership by Beach Energy, Austraining International and IIT and the human resource gap linked to the mining sector.
- The Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Geoff Tooth and Deputy Director of Kenyan Immigration, Mr Joseph Munwoki officially opened the Australian funded Document Examination Course (Doc 1) course at the Nyayo House training facility on 17 June 2014. Australia, as a member of the Nairobi Airline and Immigration Liaison (NAIL) team, is providing funding to a Document Examination Training Course for Kenyan border agencies. The joint initiative with the Embassy of the Netherlands is designed to increase the skills of Kenyan agencies with responsibilities for protecting Kenya’s land and air borders.
High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth with Deputy Director Mr Munwoki at the official opening of the Document Examination course at Nyayo House on 17 June
- The graduation ceremony of the first graduates of the International Postgraduate Paediatric Certificate (IPPC) in Kenya was held on 16 June in Nairobi at the High Commission Chancery hosted by the High Commissioner, H.E. Geoff Tooth. Since 2012, IPPC has been established in Kenya by the University of Sydney in a formal collaboration with the Adventist University of Africa (AUA) which partners with the International Postgraduate Paediatric Certificate to bring best practice knowledge, competencies and skills in child healthcare for doctors and suitably qualified nurses who care for children and young people.
H.E. Geoff Tooth with the graduands of the course, (from left to right) Nurse Mercy N Lingera, Nursing Officer in Charge, Karura SDA Dispensary, Adventist University of Africa; Nurse Newborn Gichana, Paediatric Nurse/Operating Theatre Nurse, Seventh Day Adventist Health Serivces; Dr Edna Kerubo Ngare, Clinical Medical Officer, The Nairobi Hospital; and Nurse Daniel Kiprotich Tirop, Health Ministries Director, East African Union of Adventist Churches
- Australian High Commissioner to Uganda, H.E. Geoff Tooth, opened the ACIAR Trees for Food Security Inception Workshop in Kampala, Uganda on 12 May 2014. The “Trees for Food Security” project - the first project by the Australian International Food Security Research Centre - has now expanded to Uganda after successful forays in Ethiopia and Rwanda.
High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth speaks at the opening of the Trees for Food Security Inception Workshop in Kampala, Uganda
- The Kenya Australian Alumni Association was launched in April 2013 and with over 300 prospective members, it provides a forum for networking and sharing ideas. The Association will also promote Australian scholarships and support development efforts in Kenya. Click here to view the website for more information.
- The Australia Alumni Association of Uganda was launched in 2012 to act as a platform through which members of the Association can network and interact as a group. Click here to view the website for more information.
- The Australian High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E. Geoff Tooth, was interviewed on Australia's trade and commercial links, education and tourism exchanges, and Australia's assistance to humanitarian programs in the East African region. Watch his interview here.
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Information for Australian Travellers
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Australian travellers and residents in Kenya are encouraged to register with the Australian High Commission in Kenya and seek updated information on current security issues.
Information for Travellers to Australia
For information on visa and migration services provided by the Australian High Commission in Kenya, see Visas and Migration.
Entry into the Australian High Commission for visa, immigration and citizenship matters is by appointment only. To make an appointment, you must call or email the Immigration Section.