Australian High Commission
Trinidad and Tobago
High Commission address: 18 Herbert Street, St Clair, PORT OF SPAIN - Telephone: 822 5450 - Fax: 822 5490 - Email:


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Direct Aid Program 2015-2016 - Call for Applications NOW OPEN!



The Direct Aid Program is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities managed by Heads of Australian Missions in approximately 66 countries.

Effective 1 January, 2012, The Bahamas, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago became ineligible for DAP funding having graduated from the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) list of countries eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Effective 1 January, 2014, St. Christopher and Nevis became ineligible for DAP funding having graduated from the OECD list of ODA eligible countries.

The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships. For the 2015-16 financial year, our priority areas are as follows:
• Public health and non-communicable diseases
• Agriculture and food security
• Coral reef, climate change and fisheries initiatives
• Water and sanitation
• Small scale projects

The application period for the 2015-2016 DAP financial year officially opens on 21 September, and closes on 16 October, 2015. Questions regarding project proposals can be directed to General information about the DAP program, can be found here.
Download a copy of the application form here (Windows 97/2003 version) or here (Windows 2010 version).

News Bulletin: By-Election in Canning, Western Australia 

A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Canning in Western Australia will be held on Saturday 19 September 2015.

You can check if you are enrolled in the Division of Canning, enrol or update your enrolment details at The deadline to enrol is 8pm AWST Monday, 24 August 2015.

In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. If you will be overseas on by-election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia before you go.

To apply for a postal vote visit You should ensure that you apply for a postal vote as soon as possible to allow enough time for the ballot papers to reach you overseas before election day.

For more information, visit the AEC website at or contact the AEC via email ( or telephone +61 2 6160 2600.


Overseas Passport Applications Update: New fees in effect from 1 July 2015

From 1 July 2015, all passports applications are required to be lodged in person. No mail applications will be accepted. Passport applications lodged overseas from 1 July 2015 will also attract an additional overseas lodgement fee – AUD100 for adults/seniors and AUD50 for minors.

To view the fees which wil be in effect from 1 July 2015, click here.

Passport application forms can be accessed here.


The second edition of the Australia Caribbean Alumni Newsletter is now available!


The Australian High Commission is pleased to share the second edition of our Australia Caribbean Alumni Newsletter with you.

This edition features even more of our wonderful alumni across the region and offers insight into their professional aspirations and plans to support the development of the region.

In closing "We hope at you enjoyed the first edition as much as we did. The first edition received glowing responses from many of our readers, including from your governments across the Caribbean as we spread the word across the region... The Australian High Commission stands ready to support and strengthen our Australia-Caribbean connections and hopes that with your support the bond of friendship will grow as more Alumni return from their Australian experience – whether self-funded or through a Government-funded initiative." Tracey Haines, Deputy High Commissioner.


Introducing the Australia Caribbean Alumni Newsletter



The Australian High Commission is proud to share the inaugural edition of the Australia Caribbean Alumni Newsletter (ACAN).

Regionally, the last intake of Australia Awards Scholars occurred in January 2014. When the final Australia Awards scholar completes their tertiary education in Australia in 2018 there will be a total of 128 Australia Awards Alumni in the Caribbean. But these are not the only alumni that Australia can lay claim to in the region. A number of persons across the Caribbean have also benefitted from an Australian higher education and also contribute their knowledge and experience gained, in support of the advancement of their country and the region.

This newsletter seeks to highlight these scholars and the wonderful work they are doing right here in the Caribbean and abroad. Members of the Australian Alumni community across the region are encouraged to join the group's professional LinkedIn page.

Alumni are also regularly featured on our Facebook page, "Australia in the Caribbean." Interested Alumni can share their experiences in Australia by emailing or (large image files).

We look forward to hearing from you soon! 

Announcement: Direct Aid Program (DAP) - 2014/2015 Recipients

The Australian High Commission in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago is pleased to announce that 23 projects have been funded so far for the 2014/2015 cycle. The list of recipients of funding via the Direct Aid Program (DAP) for the 2014/2015 cycle can be found here.  


 Media Releases

 Media Releases from the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs can be found here.

Media Releases from the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment can be found here.


 Speeches from the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs can be found here.

 Speeches from the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment can be found here.


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