Australian High Commission
Solomon Islands
High Commission address: Cnr Hibiscus Ave & Mud Alley, Honiara - Telephone: 21561 - Fax: 23691

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15 April 2015

Applications for Australia Award Pacific Sholarships for 2016 are now open. Visit the Study in Australia page for more information.

SIWIBA Launches New Business Development Centre

14 April 2015

The Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA) launched their new Business Development Centre at the National Provident Fund Plaza today.

Australia supports Auditor Generals officers to attain tertiary qualifications.

25 March 2015

The Australian Government is proud to have supported four senior officers at the Auditor General’s Office attain degree qualifications at the University of the South Pacific.

Australia welcomes discussions between the Solomon Islands Government and Malaita on economic growth

23 March 2015

Last week Australian High Commission Second Secretaries Lisa Chadderton and Ben O'Reilly accompanied Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to Auki to attend the Malaita Provincial Government policy launch

Australia assists with Aerial Assessment following Tropical Cyclone Pam

16 March 2015

Australia has provided an Australian Defence Force aircraft and personnel to support the Solomon Islands Government with an aerial assessment of Temotu and parts of Malaita following Tropical Cyclone Pam.

From the High Commissioner’s Desk

13 March 2015

I was very happy to host the annual Australian High Commission’s International Women’s Day Breakfast last Friday at the Heritage Park Hotel. The event drew together prominent women and men from all walks of life to celebrate the progress towards women’s empowerment in Solomon Islands but also to reflect on the challenges that still lay ahead.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant students in Solomon Islands

13 March 2015

Each year, the Australian High Commission supports many Solomon Islanders to complete graduate studies in Australia through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

Financial Inclusion Taskforce wins Australian High Commissioner’s International Women’s Day Award

6 March 2015

The Australian High Commissioner’s International Women’s Day award was presented to the National Financial Inclusion Taskforce yesterday for their achievements in improving access to financial services for women in Solomon Islands.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2015

6 March 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, The first international women’s day was held in 1911. More than a million people attended rallies to support women’s right to work, to vote, to access education and training, and to hold public office.

From the High Commissioner’s Desk Column

27 February 2015

We were delighted last week to host a visit to Honiara by Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, Steve Ciobo (in our system, a Parliamentary Secretary is much like a junior minister). It was the first visit to Solomon Islands by a member of the Australian Government since the election and an important opportunity for early direct contact between the Abbott and Sogavare governments.

Australian High Commission supports Innovative Partnership on Food Fortification

25 Februray 2015

The Australian Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding today with the Solomon Islands Government, Delite Flour Mill, Solomon Rice Company Limited and other stakeholders on food fortification in the Solomon Islands.

National Referral Hospital’s post-natal ward officially opened

19 February 2015

The newly refurbished post-natal ward at the National Referral Hospital was officially opened today by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, the Hon. Tautai Angikimua Kaitu’u, and Australian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP.

Australia and Solomon Islands open jointly funded National Cocoa Quality Testing Laboratory

18 Februray 2015

A National Cocoa Testing Laboratory was officially opened this afternoon by the visiting Australian Parliamentary Secretary the Hon Steven Ciobo and the Minister for Commerce, Industries, Labour & Immigration, William Marau.

PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS VISIT TO SOLOMON ISLANDS

17 February 2015

The Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, is travelling to Solomon Islands from 17–19 February 2015. This will be Australia’s first high-level visit to Solomon Islands since its national elections in November 2014.

BUILDING THE LINKS BETWEEN AUSTRALIANS AND SOLOMON ISLANDERS

13 February 2015

I’ve been in Solomon Islands for just over a year now and I’m continually struck by the close cooperation between our two countries. But to me, our rapidly expanding people-to-people links are the most exciting part of our relationship.

Celebrating Australia in Solomon Islands

30 January 2015

This week we’ve celebrated Australia Day, which has been an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Australian. Formally, of course, Australia Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet in what is now Sydney on 26 January 1788.

Australia injects an additional AUD$15 million into the Rural Development Program

30 January 2015

Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to help improve the lives of Solomon Islanders living in rural areas, contributing funding of AUD 15 million for the Second Rural Development Program (RDP).

 

22 January 2015

A Queensland State General Election has been announced for 31 January 2015.

The Australian High Commission in Honiara has not been appointed to provide voting services for this election. Electors living in the Solomon Islands can visit the Electoral Commission of Queensland website at http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au for information on how to vote or contact the ECQ directly by telephoning: +61 7 3227 6444 or email ecq@ecq.qld.gov.au.

 

Australian High Commission helps restock blood bank

16 January 2015

Staff from the Australian High Commission together with a number of other expats rolled up their sleeves this week to donate blood to help restock the National Referral Hospital’s blood bank.

From the High Commissioner's Desk

16 January 2015

Early January in Honiara is a good time to reflect on the previous year and think about the year ahead. With many Solomon Islanders and Australians still enjoying their Christmas holidays, things are relatively quiet and there’s a little more time for contemplation.
 

Australian university students to complete placements in Kirakira

14 January 2015

Eight undergraduate students from Australia’s Bond University arrived in Solomon Islands this week to undertake research placements in Kirakira, Makira province.

AWARD OF INAUGURAL ED SMITH MEMORIAL PRIZE.
12 December 2014

The Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne today announced that the inaugural winner of the Ed Smith Memorial Prize is John Olofi Kili, who will study a Master of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology.

50 SOLOMON ISLANDERS OFFERED AUSTRALIA AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2015.
12 December 2014

The Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne congratulates 50 Solomon Islanders offered Australia Award Scholarships to study at Australian or regional universities next year.
 

Australia congratulates Prime Minister Sogavare.
12 December 2014

Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne has congratulated Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on his election, and pledged to work closely with his government.

Australia looks forward to working with the new government.
12 December 2014

It has been a great privilege – and actually quite a bit of fun - to watch the democratic process in Solomon Islands over the last month.

AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY IN SOLOMON ISLANDS.
5 December 2014

The Australian High Commission will today join Australian Volunteers based in the Solomon Islands and their local counterparts to celebrate International Volunteer Day.

Assisting the Agriculture Research Department with Information.
5 December 2014

Vallona Baker works as a volunteer Research Information Management Adviser at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock’s Research department.

Contributing to Investigations at the Ombudsmans Office.
5 December 2014

It has been 10 months since Emma McGrath took up her assignment with the Office of the Ombudsman in the Solomon Islands, as a Special Investigations Advisor.

ESTABLISHING COMMUNICATION WITH RURAL COMMUNITIES IN SOLOMON ISLANDS.
4 December 2014

In Honiara, there are two China Towns. There is the ‘New China Town’ and the ‘Old China Town’ which is situated close by, at the foot of West Kola Ridge Hills.

AUSTRALIAN VOLUNTEER WORKING WITH NATIONAL MEDICAL STORES TO ESTABLISH ORDERING SYSTEM.
3 December 2014

In Solomon Islands, clinics and health centres both in Honiara and the provinces often make do with whatever medicine and equipment they have. There is also a need for accurate data of what sort of equipment and medical supplies are out there and an efficient process on how equipment and medical supplies can be ordered.

Australian Volunteer Making a Difference at the Solomon Islands Don Bosco Technical Institute.
2 December 2014

Vern Healey arrived in Solomon Islands six months ago to take up an assignment with the Don Bosco Technical Institute as Mentor to the Staff and Principal.

AUSTRALIAN MP BERT VAN MANEN ENCOURAGES THE NEW GOVERNMENT TO PRIORITISE ECONOMIC GROWTH
27 November 2014

Australian Member of Parliament Bert van Manen has congratulated the people of Solomon Islands on a peaceful and professional election day. He says that Solomon Islands has economic potential, but the road ahead will require leadership.

From the High Commissioner's Desk.
27 November 2014

On Tuesday I was honoured to participate in the annual White Ribbon Day parade, which marks the start of 16 days of activism to draw attention to the scourge of gender-based violence.

AUSTRLIAN MP SHARON CLAYDON CONGRATULATES SOLOMON ISLANDERS, ENCOURAGES MORE WOMEN IN POLITICS.
27 November 2014

Australian Federal Member of Parliament for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon, has congratulated the people of Solomon Islands for a successful election last week.

Solomon Islands election observation.
17 November 2014

Today I announce that three members of the Australian Parliament will travel to Solomon Islands to observe its national elections on 19 November 2014.

SARANGA COMMUNITY OPENS NEW LEARNING CENTRE WITH SUPPORT FROM AUSTRALIA.
5 November 2014

Last week the Australian High Commission was pleased to celebrate the official opening of the Saranga Community Learning Centre.

From the High Commissioner’s Desk.
31 October 2014

Former US President Franklin Roosevelt once said that “democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.” As we approach the national election on 19 November, I’d encourage all Solomon Islanders to think carefully about their vote: what is it that particular candidates are offering? How will they serve their community and the nation? Can I rely on them to work hard and make good decisions once they’re elected? Will they spend Constituency Development Funds in a way that benefits the whole constituency?

AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR SIWIBA.
29 October 2014

Australia has reaffirmed its support for the Solomon Islands Women in Business Association, announcing further funding of more than SBD$3 million dollars for the organisation. The funding was announced by the Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne this morning at the Mere’s Market, held at the Honiara Art Gallery grounds.

From the High Commissioner's Desk.
17 October 2014

As Solomon Star readers may have seen, last week I visited Malaita for two days. It was my first visit to the country’s most populous province. In fact I’d had to abandon several previous attempts to visit Malaita over the past six months, due to boat breakdowns or rough weather.

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15 October 2014

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AUSTRALIA REAFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR RURAL WOMEN IN SOLOMON ISLANDS.
15 October 2014

Australia continues to support the important role of women in Solomon Islands’ rural communities.

NEW EYE CLINIC FOR MALAITA PROVINCE.
8 October 2014

More than 140,000 people of Malaita province now have improved access to better health services, with the opening of the Kilufi’i Eye and Non Communicable Disease Clinic at Kilufi’i Hospital in Malaita Province.

From the High Commissioner's Desk.
3 October 2014

Like many people in Solomon Islands, the High Commission team is starting to focus on the forthcoming national election. Democracy is a wonderful gift and those of us lucky enough to live in democratic countries must never take it for granted.

INTERPLAST NURSE EDUCATION VISIT TO THE SOLOMON ISLANDS.
2 October 2014

An Interplast Australia & New Zealand (Interplast) nurse education team is currently visiting the Solomon Islands from 29 September to 3 October 2014.

Australia partners with Kastom Gaden Association to establish Guadalcanal food gardens following April floods.
25 September 2014

Staff from the Australian High Commission and Kastom Gaden Association this week on Tuesday visited Papagu and New Birao communities on the Guadalcanal Plains to see new food gardens that were established following the April floods.

Royal Australian Navy delivers supplies to Malaita and the Weather Coast.
20 September 2014

Earlier this week communities on the Weathercoast and Malaita benefitted from an Australian High Commission coordinated delivery of supplies.

From the High Commissioner’s Desk Column.
19 September 2014

Last Saturday, we were excited to host our second G’Day Solomon Islands Fun Run to promote the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. The atmosphere was fantastic as over 3000 participants ran or walked the 3km and 5km courses. Men, women, children, pets, sports teams and workplace teams all got involved. Even Superman showed up for the race!

AUSTRALIA-SOLOMON ISLANDS PARTNERSHIP DELIVERS INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIRS IN WEST GUADALCANAL.
18 September 2014

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID), Moses Virivolomo, and the Australian High Commissioner, Andrew Byrne, inspected the completed flood repairs in West Guadalcanal on Thursday 18 September 2014.

ANOTHER HUGE CROWD AT G’DAY SOLOMONS FUN RUN.
13 September 2014

The annual G’day Solomon Islands Fun Run attracted another huge crowd yesterday, with more than three thousand people taking part in the event.

Australian Navy Vessels to assist communities.
11 September 2014

Earlier this week the Australian High Commission and a Royal Australian Navy officer travelled to the Weather Coast to make final arrangements before a Royal Australian Navy vessel delivers much needed supplies to the community later this month.

Great Prizes up for grabs!
10 September 2014

The Australian High Commission has announced some of the great prizes up for grabs at this Saturday’s G’Day Solomon Islands Fun Run.

Register Now!
6 September 2014

Staff from the Australian High Commission descended on the Central Market this week to promote the upcoming G’Day Solomon Islands Fun Run.

From the High Commissioner's Desk.
5 September 2014

Last weekend, I was privileged to witness some of Solomon Islands’ best young performers competing on stage at the annual Solo Icon. I was even more privileged to present the awards to the winners in each category. Boy, those kids can sing!

Get fit and say G’day to Solomon Islands!
29 August 2014

The Australian High Commission is preparing to again say “G’Day” to Solomon Islanders at its annual Fun Run event.

From the High Commissioner's Column
29 August 2014

Last week I visited Brisbane for the sixth annual Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum. It’s a major event on the business calendar and a great opportunity for potential foreign investors to get an understanding of the business environment in Solomon Islands.

Australia provides additional $2 million for Solomon Islands flood recovery effort
22 August 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Brett Mason, today announced Australia will provide an additional $2 million to assist ongoing recovery efforts following April’s devastating floods in Solomon Islands.

G'DAY SOLOMON ISLANDS GREAT DEBATERS DISCUSS SOLOMON ISLANDS' FUTURE
13 August 2014

The Australian High Commission will today host the inaugural G’Day Solomons Great Debate for senior students in Honiara.

Media Release
12 August 2014

The Smith Family are deeply sad to announce the passing of Ed Smith on Saturday 9 August

NANALA COMMUNITY SCHOOL OFFICIALLY OPENED WITH HELP FROM AUSTRALIA
7 August 2014

A vision of the Nanala community was achieved last week with the assistance of the Australian government. The Nanala community school, which was funded by the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program, was officially opened last Thursday by the Guadalcanal Provincial Assembly Minister for Education Hon. Lazarus Rina.

ANZ partners with Australian Government to expand mobile banking in Solomon Islands
4 August 2014

ANZ today announced an agreement with the Australian Government to support the increased roll out of mobile banking and financial literacy programs to a further 65,000 Solomon Islanders previously excluded from traditional banking services.

From the High Commissioner's Desk
25 July 2014

As I spend more time in Solomon Islands, I’m struck by the amazing ability of Solomon Islanders to achieve so much with limited resources. My visit to the National Referral Hospital (NRH) last Friday was a case in point.

Australian High Commission opens Condolence Book for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17
24 July 2014

The Australian High Commission has opened a Condolence Book in response to the tragic loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 to honour those who have lost their lives and to support those who have been bereaved.

EAR, NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALIST MEDICAL TEAM CURRENTLY IN HONIARA
18 July 2014

An Australian volunteer Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) medical team is currently in Solomon Islands providing diagnosis and treatment for patients with ear, nose, throat, head and neck disorders.

Australia helps Solomon Islands protect its marine resources … but loses soccer match to local team!
16 July 2014

The Australian frigate, HMAS Parramatta departed Honiara on Monday 14 July 2014 after spending three days in port.

Major Australian ship visit to support Pacific fisheries.
9 July 2014

HMAS Parramatta will be visiting Honiara from Friday 11 July 2014 until Monday 15 July 2014 as part of a three week goodwill deployment to the South Pacific.

Solomon Islands timber exports maintained to Australia.
9 July 2014

Solomon Islands is the first country in the world to receive approval to trade timber products to Australia under new timber legality guidelines.

Australia stands committed to strengthening the Solomon Islands’ Justice Sector.
4 July 2014

The Correctional Services of Solomon Islands today inaugurated eight new staff houses which were funded by the Australian Government. The five houses at Tetere Correctional Centre and three houses in Naha were handed over by the Australian High Commission to CSSI at two official ceremonies which were held in Naha and Tetere today.

WEATHERCOAST WOMEN BENEFIT FROM AUSTRALIAN AID FUNDING.
23 June 2014

Mrs Jean Pichu’s vision was realised recently when the Niu Areata Women’s Weaving and Sewing project was completed with the assistance of the Australian High Commission’s Direct Assistance Program.

Opening Remarks by Deputy High Commissioner Dr Dave Peebles at the Financial Inclusion Day launch.
20 June 2014

Governor of the Central Bank, Denton Rarawa Deputy Governor, Gane Simbe Financial Inclusion Advisor, Krishnan Narasimhan, Staff of CBSI Manager of South Pacific Business Development, Commercial Banks representatives, Telekom and Bemobile representatives, Solomon Post representatives, Savings club members, School participants, Children and youth Ladies and gentlemen

OPENING OF THE “LET’S MAKE OUR FAMILIES SAFE PROGRAM” COMPETITIVE GRANT
20 May 2014

Working to create safe family environments and preventing violence against women and girls is a central priority for both the Australian and Solomon Islands governments. Acknowledging that nearly 2 out of 3 women who have ever been in a relationship in Solomon Islands have experienced physical or sexual violence (or both) from an intimate partner, government, NGOs, communities, churches and donors are working to change attitudes and behaviours so that the violence will end.

From the High Commissioner’s Desk – Friday 16 May 2014
16 May 2014

One of my favourite things to do in Honiara is to wander through the central market on a Saturday morning. It’s the heartbeat of the city, full of colour, noise and movement, and a demonstration of the enterprise of Solomon Islanders. Of course, it’s also a great place to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, some nuts to snack on or – my particular favourite - a delicious fresh fish for dinner. My wife Dawn also loves the markets here and is constantly exploring Honiara’s markets for artworks and handicrafts.

Farmers to benefit from Australia-SEB Partnership.
7 May 2014

Thousands of farmers across Guadalcanal are set to benefit from a new SBD320, 000 partnership between the Australian aid program and Solo Enviro Beautification (SEB).

Solomons Bids Farewell to Longstanding Key Australian Health Adviser.
6 May 2014

After more than six years living and working in Solomons, well-known Australian pharmacy adviser Mike Nunan is saying ‘lukim iufala.

AUSTRALIA’S DIRECT AID PROGRAM BUILDS FIRST SCHOOL FOR NANALA COMMUNITY.
2 May 2014

More than one hundred representatives from Nanala community and the Guadalcanal Provincial Government celebrated the opening of the Nanala Community Primary School, funded by the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program.

From the High Commissioner’s Desk – Friday 2 May.
2 May 2014

Nearly a month after devastating heavy rains and flash flooding, Australia continues to work closely with the Solomon Islands Government and NGOs to provide relief and recovery assistance.

Australia Works with Red Cross to Deliver Clean Water to Communities.
1 May 2014

Australia is working with NGOs to help communities affected by floods in rural Guadalcanal.

Second New Zealand and Australian Medical Team Arrives in Honiara.
29 April 2014

An 11-person New Zealand and Australian medical team arrived in Honiara on Monday 28 April to assist the National Referral Hospital with an influx of patients following the recent floods.

Australian scholarships to study at Pacific regional universities.
28 April 2014

Solomon Islanders thinking of applying for an Australia Awards Pacific scholarship next year have until 16 June 2014 to lodge their application.

HUNDREDS COMMEMORATE 99th ANZAC DAY AT DAWN SERVICE.
25 April 2014

Hundreds of Australians, New Zealanders and Solomon Islanders gathered at the Cenotaph in the early hours of Friday morning to commemorate ANZAC Day.

World Malaria Day: Australia helps Solomons fight Malaria and Dengue
25 April 2014

Australia’s ongoing support to malaria control and elimination in Solomon Islands has helped strengthen malaria and dengue control activities during the flood crisis.

AUSTRALIANS AND NEW ZEALANDERS IN SOLOMON ISLANDS COMMEMORATING 99th ANZAC DAY
24 April 2014

Each year on 25 April, Australians and New Zealanders gather to remember the servicemen and women who have served their nation in times of war, in conflicts or peacekeeping operations.

Australia Works with NGOs to Hand Out Supplies to Rural Communities
23 April 2014

Australia is working with NGOs to distribute more supplies to those affected by floods in rural Guadalcanal.

Standing shoulder to shoulder
20 April 2014

The past couple of weeks have been exceptionally hard for Solomon Islands. The heavy rains and flash flooding were unprecedented. Homes and infrastructure were damaged and destroyed as rivers burst their banks.

Australian General Surgery Team currently in the Western Province.
17 April 2014

A visiting Australian surgical team is spending two weeks in Western Province where they are providing consultations and treatment for people with medical and general surgical conditions.

Closing date extended for Scholarships to study in Australia in 2015
10th April 2014

Solomon Islanders thinking of applying for a scholarship to study in Australia next year now have until 22 April 2014 to lodge their application.

Australia announces $3 million assistance package for Solomon Islands flooding.
8th April 2014

Today I announce Australia will provide a total package of $3 million to assist Solomon Islanders affected by flooding. This funding will continue to assist the Government of Solomon Islands, NGOs and the United Nations to respond to the immediate needs of people affected by the disaster, as well as supporting early recovery efforts.

Australia responds to Solomon Islands flooding.
5th April 2014

Today we announce that Australia will provide $250,000 in emergency relief supplies to assist the Government of Solomon Islands respond to the needs of people affected by flooding. This follows a request for assistance from the Government of Solomon Islands today.

AUSTRALIA STANDS WITH SOLOMON ISLANDS DURING FLOOD CRISIS.
4th April 2014

Australia has immediately pledged over SBD 330,000 to support Solomon Islands in the initial response to flooding in Honiara and Guadalcanal.

AUSTRALIAN UROLOGY TEAM ENDS SUCCESSFUL VISIT TO SOLOMON ISLANDS.
25th March 2014

A 12-day visit to the National Referral Hospital by an Australian urology specialist team has been a great success with the team seeing over 40 Solomon Island patients, including 18 surgical operations mainly helping women with treatments to help improve their quality of life.

Australian Urology Specialist Team to visit Honiara.
11th March 2014

An Australian urology specialist team will visit Honiara from 13-23 March to provide free consultations and treatment for Solomon Islanders with urological conditions.

Correctional Services Women’s Network wins inaugural Australian High Commissioner’s Award
8th March 2014

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is Inspiring Change. Australian High Commissioner, Andrew Byrne, has recognised the inspiring work of the Correctional Services of Solomon Islands Women’s Network with a major award.

Joyce Konofilia’s perspective on studying in Australia.
7th March 2014

Joyce Konofilia is the owner of Solomon Host, a local business which offers tourism training and consultancy services for Solomon Island government agencies and businesses.

Advocating to eliminate Violence Against Women in Solomon Islands.
7th March 2014

In 2012, Solomon Islands was ranked by the World Bank as one of the worst countries in the world for sexual violence.

International Women’s Day Message by the Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
7th March 2014

The empowerment of women and girls is one of the most effective ways to achieve higher economic growth and better living standards among the millions of people in developing countries in our region.

International Womens Day Breakfast.
7th March 2014

The Australian High Commission hosted a breakfast this morning to celebrate International Women’s Day, which is recognised internationally on Saturday, 8 March.

APTC HANDS OVER RESOURCES TO SINU TOURISM SCHOOL.
28 Februray 2014

The Solomon Islands National University is now better equipped to train the next generation of Solomon Islands’ hospitality workers, with the handover of more than 400 Hospitality Learning Resources from the Australian Government funded Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC).

From the High Commissioner's Desk - Out and About in Makira.
28 February 2014

This week I had the opportunity to visit Kirakira in Makira province. My aim for the trip was to begin understanding some of the challenges facing communities in the provinces.

New group of Australian Volunteers set to take up various roles in Solomon Islands.
11 February 2014

The Australian High Commission has welcomed thirteen new Australian Volunteers to Solomon Islands who will use their skills and expertise to develop host organisations across the country.

Australia Day 2014: Australia Awards Scholar Contributes to Solomon Islands’ Development.
25 January 2014

It's about coming back and contributing to the development of Solomon Islands”, says Australia Award scholarship recipient David Qurusu.

A message from the Australian High Commissioner, Andrew Byrne.
25 January 2014

Tomorrow we will be celebrating Australia Day. It's a day when Australians reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. In other words, tomorrow we're celebrating what's great about being Australian.

Australia Day speech by Australian High Commissioner, HE Andrew Byrne.
24 January 2014

Good afternoon everyone, thank you in particular for the warm and generous welcome my wife Dawn and I have received since we arrived in Honiara just over a month ago.

Australia supports the Solomon Islands Women in Business Association.
19 December 2013

The Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA) recently signed a funding agreement with the Australian Government for a further SBD$280,000 grant until June 2014. This will support training and providing retailing opportunities for the association’s members, specifically to improve economic opportunities for Solomon Islands business women. The support will also go towards supporting the operation of the secretariat, skills development training and the popular bimonthly Meres’ Market.

60 Solomon Islanders receive Australia Awards scholarships for 2014.
18 December 2013

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has congratulated 60 Solomon Islanders who will receive Australia Awards scholarships to study at Australian or regional universities next year.

Australia commits an additional A$5 million to help prevent family violence in Solomon Islands.
17 December 2013

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop today announced Australia will provide an additional A$5 million for the Prevention of Family Violence Program to help prevent incidents of family violence in Solomon Islands.

Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls.
16 December 2013

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Michaelia Cash are delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM as Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls.

By boat, truck or foot – tyranny of distance no barrier for distribution of bed nets to stop malaria.
16 December 2013

When you look at a map of Solomon Islands, you get a glimpse of how hard it is to deliver to services to nearly half a million people scattered across around 90 of the 990 inhabited islands that make up the country.

Foreign Minister Visit to Solomon Islands,Nauru and Vanuatu.
16 December 2013

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop will lead a bipartisan delegation to Solomon Islands, Nauru and Vanuatu on 16-19 December.

Improving water quality in Honiara.
10 December 2012

If you take a drive out of Honiara, up the steep pot-holed track that take you through the hills and beyond, you’ll come across Kongulai, the source of 60% of Honiara’s water supply. This picturesque scene with lush green palms, towering betel nut trees and icy cold water rushing through the rocks, is Louis Downing’s office for the day.

Australian volunteers celebrate International Volunteer Day.
5 December 2013

Australian volunteers and their Solomon Islands hosts gathered at the Australian High Commissioner’s residence to celebrate International Volunteer Day today.

OPERATION RENDER SAFE CONCLUDES.
3 December 2013

Operation RENDER SAFE, the Australian Defence Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal mission in the Solomon Islands has concluded and was a “spectacular success” according to the head of the Task Force Commander Doug Griffiths RAN. The operation consisted of a Task Force of nearly 200 Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists and support staff from the ADF, New Zealand Defence Force, Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Navy and Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disability.
3 December 2013

Australian Aid program’s Pacific Senior Advocate for Disability Inclusive Development, John Davidson reminds us why the International Day of Persons with Disability is so important.

From the High Commissioner's Desk -Edition 3.
1 December 2013

Last Saturday’s G’day Solomon Islands Fun Run exceeded my every expectation. The turnout of about 3000 runners and walkers was remarkable, the weather was kind, the sponsors generous, and from what I could tell – all the way at the very, very back of those running the 5km course - people had fun.

AUSTRALIA HONOURS GOVERNOR GENERAL'S FATHER WITH MEDAL
30 November 2013

Solomon Islands Governor General Sir Frank Kabui’s father has been honoured with a Solomon Islands Scouts and Coastwatchers Commemorative Medallion award in recognition of his contribution to the Guadalcanal Campaign during World War II in Solomon Islands.

Roadwork and repairs get underway in Honiara
27 November 2013

Seven major contracts have been awarded which will see more than 40 kilometres of roadwork repairs and maintenance undertaken during the next two years in and around Honiara. The scope of works is worth more than SBD$43 million.

Australia injects SBD14 million into Rural Development Program
26 November 2013

Australia is providing a further SBD 14 million (A$2 million) for the Solomon Islands Rural Development Program (RDP) to boost small-scale village infrastructure and agriculture services to help raise the standard of living in rural areas.

Australian paediatric
 

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