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Welcome to the Australian High Commission, Honiara
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 specialist team visit Solomon Islands
26 November 2013
A visiting Australian volunteer paediatric specialist surgical team will spend this week at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara providing free consultations, treatment and surgery for children with medical conditions.
Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands and White Ribbon Day Ambassador, Matt Anderson has challenged the men of Solomon Islands to take the White Ribbon Day oath never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.
G’DAY SOLOMONS! INAUGURAL FUN RUN ATTRACTS HUGE CROWD
23 November 2013
The inaugural G’day Solomon Islands Fun Run kicked off successfully this morning, with around three thousand people having registered for the event.
Pharmacy Graduates Ready to Make a Difference
22 November 2013
Seventeen Solomon Islands students graduated from the two-year national pharmacy officer training course on Friday at a special ceremony in Honiara.
OPERATION RENDER SAFE AND CCC ATTRACT INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION
22 November 2013
An Australian national television crew here in the Solomon Islands this week to cover the work of Operation Render Safe has come away equally impressed with the work of Sister Doreen and all the volunteers at the Christian Care Centre.
Australia helps Christian Care Centre with water project
22 November 2013
The Christian Care Centre now has better water storage and supply, with the installation of a new water tank, pump and pipes to connect running water to their houses.
OPERATION RENDER SAFE REBUILDS YANDINA SCHOOL
18 November 2013
While much of the Operation Render Safe activities in the Solomon Islands have taken place in and around the capital of Honiara, communities in other parts of the country have not been forgotten. A group of Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army Explosive Ordinance (EOD) technicians along with Royal Australian Navy sailors and officers based on HMAS Tarakan have been working on the clearing of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) and rebuilding classrooms at the local community school at Yandina in the Russell Islands in the country’s Central Province.
AUSTRALIA ASSISTS REMOTE COMMUNITIES THROUGH DIRECT AID PROGRAM
18 November 2013
Australian High Commissioner Matt Anderson has announced the recipients of the first round of the Head of Mission’s Direct Aid Program.
From the High Commissioner's Desk -Edition 2
17 November 2013
The inaugural ‘G’Day Solomon Islands’ Fun Run is just around the corner; on Saturday 23 November 2013. The theme of the event is ‘Iumi Stap Helti’, promoting the importance of fresh food, healthy lifestyles and physical activity. ‘G’day’ is a friendly term used in Australia meaning ‘hello.’
OPERATION RENDER SAFE UNDERWAY AND GETTING RESULTS
15 November 2013
Operation RENDER SAFE, the Australian Defence Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal mission in the Solomon Islands has commenced and is delivering significant results. The operation consists 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.
McMahons Community School in Tulagi, Central Province had a make-over during the week, thanks to Australian Defence Force personnel working in Solomon Islands on operation RENDER SAFE 2013 - a month long operation to clear explosive remnants from World War.
We gather at this hour, and on this day, to commemorate the moment, 95 years ago, when the guns of the Western Front fell silent.
High Commissioner to Solomon Islands
9 November 2013
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop today announced Mr. Andrew Byrne as Australia's next High Commissioner to Solomon Islands. He is expected to take up his appointment in December 2013, replacing Mr Matt Anderson.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop today announced that Ms Justine Braithwaite will be the next Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Ms Braithwaite will be RAMSI's first female Special Coordinator.
G'Day Solomon Islands Fun Run Prizes
8 November 2013
The Australian High Commission is excited to announce some of the great prizes up for grabs at the upcoming ‘G’Day Solomon Islands Fun Run’.
More than 200 Australian Defence Force personnel will spend the next month in Solomon Islands clearing explosive remnants from World War Two and helping communities with school repairs and water supply projects.
A new era in diplomacy
1 November 2013
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the integration of AusAID with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on 1 November marked a significant milestone for Australia's international engagement.
Emergency response training for first responders
29 October 2013
Emergency workers in Honiara now have up-to-date skills to deal with a major incident following two days of intensive training at the National Referral Hospital.
The completion of the North Malaita phase of the Solomon Islands Second Road Improvement Project (SIRIP2) marks the end of the final phase of the project that has reconnected local communities to clinics, markets and schools across six provinces in Solomon Islands.
Solomon Islands will be well represented at the 12th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women being held in the Cook Islands this week.
Good morning, firstly I would like to acknowledge: The Honourable Gordon Darcy Lilo, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands; Minister for the Solomon Islands present here today, Mr Tony Koraua, President of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Mr Gane Simbe, Deputy Governor, Central bank of the Solomon Islands; Mr Greg Pawson, President and members of the Australia-Pacific Islands Business Council; Mr Matt Anderson, Australia’s High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, members of the Diplomatic Corps, our eminent Master of Ceremonies, Mr Frank Yourn; distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
Climbing Mt Popomanaseu
18 October 2013
In early October, Matt, Ben and Dave from the Australian High Commission in Honiara set out to climb the highest mountain in the Solomon Islands, Mt Popamanaseu.
AUSTRALIANS TREK TO THE TOP OF MOUNT POPOMANASEU
18 October 2013
Three diplomats from the Australian High Commission early this month hit the bush tracks in rural Guadalcanal to climb the highest mountain in Solomon Islands, Mount Popomanaseu.
WIN A YEAR OF STUDY IN AUSTRALIA
17 October 2013
The Australian Government has launched a global online competition that will grant one lucky international student a year’s worth of study and educational incentives in Australia in 2014.
Come to the Australian High Commission, corner of Hibiscus Avenue and Mud Alley, Honiara to register individuals or get together with your workmates, family, friends or a sports group to register your team for the race.
Get fit and Say G’day to Solomon Islands!
8 October 2013
The Australian High Commission is preparing to say G’day to Solomon Islands by holding their first ever fun run event.
Australian volunteer surgeons to visit Western Province
20 September 2013
A visiting Australian volunteer surgical team will spend two weeks in Western Province later this month providing free consultations and treatment for people with medical or general surgical conditions.
Shortland Islands: Far from the Capital, but close to perfect
18 September 2013
This month, three of us at the Australian High Commission accompanied the British High Commissioner, Dominic Meicklejohn, on a joint visit to the Shortland Islands, at the invitation of Sir George Lepping, Paramount Chief of the area and a former Governor-General of Solomon Islands.
Volunteer helps to fix broken bodies
05 September 2013
Australian volunteer Melanie Glapa worked as an occupational therapist at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara.
New volunteers set to make a difference in Solomon Islands
05 September 2013
Five new Australian volunteers have arrived in Solomon Islands to begin their placements with government ministries, schools, non-government organisations and community groups.
Honiara Netball Umpires trained under Australian assistance
26 August 2013
More than 20 umpires from the Honiara Netball Association successfully completed a skills upgrade training over the weekend with funding assistance from the Australian Sports Outreach Program.
2013 Australian Federal Election
23 August 2013
The Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 7 September 2013.
Australian High Commission supports Solo Icon 2013
21 August 2013
More than eight thousand people gathered on Sunday night at the Multi-Purpose Hall in Honiara to watch the finalists of the Solo Icon competition battle it out for the top spot.
APTC training helps promote Wogasia spear festival
21 August 2013
Every year on the island of Santa Catalina they celebrate the lunar new year with the festival of Wogasia. The spear fighting festival.
Breaking new ground
16 August 2013
Solomon Islands Minister of Finance, Rick Hou and Australian High Commissioner, Matt Anderson ‘turn the sod’ for the new Ministry of Finance building in Honiara.
71st Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Canberra
15 August 2013
Servicemen and women, Dignitaries and local and expatriate communities gathered on board RSIPV LATA on Friday, 09 August for the commemoration of the sinking of HMAS Canberra.
115 Solomon Islanders graduate from APTC
08 August 2013
115 Solomon Islands students graduated from the Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC) on Wednesday at a special ceremony in Honiara - the largest APTC graduation ceremony held in Solomon Islands.
2013 Australian Federal Election
07 August 2013
The Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 7 September 2013.
I would like to begin by thanking the Premier, George Lilo for his warm welcome to Western Province. I have made several trips to Western Province over the last couple of years and I appreciate the chance to visit rural Solomon Islands whenever I can - but I especially look forward to visits to your beautiful province.
More than 20,000 people in the Marovo area in Western Province now have better access to essential medicine and equipment with the opening of a new pharmacy at Seghe’s Area Health Clinic.
Minister for International Development, Melissa Parke, today announced Australia would make a $10 million (SB$67 million) contribution to improve water and sewerage services in Honiara.
Minister for International Development Melissa Parke today announced that Australia will help support 8,000 operations to restore the sight of people in the Pacific.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo and Australian Foreign Minister, Bob Carr today signed an enhanced Partnership for Development between the two countries.
Thirteen new Australian volunteers have arrived in Solomon Islands to begin their placements with government ministries, schools, non-government organisations and community groups.
Solomon Islands and Australia begin a new era of cooperation today with the transfer of RAMSI’s development programs to the Solomon Islands - Australia Partnership for Development.
Always Happy to Help a Friend
25 June 2013
During our most recent Australian High Commission community visit to the Weathercoast, Mihai and I had an opportunity to provide first aid to a 10 year old boy named Doyle. Doyle was the son of our boat driver, Henry. He was from a community called Talise and was fishing when a fish hook lodged just above his left hip.
The Weathercoast: Raw, unrefined beauty
25 June 2013
The first thing anyone tells you when they find out you’re going to the Weathercoast is to prepare for rain and rough seas. The Weathercoast stretches along the southern coast of Guadalcanal from Tangarare or Mbambanakira in the west (depending on who you ask), to Kopiu or Marau in the east.
Helping Temotu Build Back Better
19 June 2013
What were you doing 127 days ago? You would probably need to check your diary to see what you were doing at 12.12pm on Wednesday, 6 February, when an 8.0 earthquake, followed by a localised tsunami terrorised the population of the Santa Cruz islands, in the far east of Solomon Islands.
An Australian plastic and reconstructive medical team arrives in Honiara this week and will spend two weeks working at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara and Gizo hospital undertaking plastic and reconstructive surgery and training local staff.
Solomon Islanders thinking of applying for an Australian scholarship to study at Pacific regional universities next year only have until 18 June 2013 to lodge their application.
Twelve new Australian volunteers have arrived in Solomon Islands to begin their placements with government ministries, non-government organisations and community groups.
New Provincial Pharmacy Store Opened in Afio
21 May 2013
Around 26,000 people in South Malaita now have improved access to drugs and medical equipment, following the opening of a new pharmacy store in Afio last week.
Australia’s aid program to Solomon Islands continues to grow, reflecting Australia’s strong commitment to Solomon Islands, the transition of RAMSI development programs to the Solomon Islands-Australia Partnership for Development and joint efforts by both governments to improve the lives of all Solomon Islanders.
The Gillard Government will increase Australia’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) to a record $5.7 billion in 2013-14.
Honiara will soon benefit from its own Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) campus following the launch of a SBD14 million (A$1.9 million) partnership between APTC and Honiara’s Don Bosco Technical Institute today.
AusAID Director General Peter Baxter visited Solomon Islands’ National Referral Hospital today to meet the Australian medical team assisting local health authorities to combat a major outbreak of dengue fever.
Solomon Islands and Australia Today Signed a Joint Statement on Zero Tolerance to Fraud in the Solomon Islands – Australia Partnership for Development.
Solomon Islands and Australia have agreed to an enhanced Partnership for Development at today’s high level aid partnership talks in Honiara.
His Excellency, the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui and Lady Kabui
Honorable Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo
RAMSI’s Special Coordinator, and my friends and colleagues of the Diplomatic Corps – on this day I acknowledge His Excellency the New Zealand High Commissioner
Commissioner and members of the RSIPF
Commander and members of the PPF
Commander and members of the CTF and serving members of the ADF
To ex-service personnel, distinguished guests, friends, boys and girls.
Gud fella morning olketa, and tangio tumas fo kam lo hia lo dispefela special day blo Australia and New Zealand
Heading into disasters to help those in need
11 February 2013
With apologies to James A. Michener, but ‘where do we get such men’? Those who, in a time of disaster and crisis, head towards the prospect of harm—more concerned with helping others than their own safety.
New bridges along West Guadalcanal past flood tests
14 January 2013
Recently completed bridge and road works along West Guadalcanal road withstood heavy rain and local flooding this wet season and kept residents connected to Honiara.
MAL launches cocoa development program for farmers
09 January 2013
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) is launching a new program of participatory cocoa development to improve the cocoa planting material for farmers.
Evaluating early childhood education in Central Islands Province
18 December 2012
Reading and literacy skills were tested at schools in Central Province recently to feed into data about the impact of early childhood education to help shape the future design of a regional early childhood education (ECE) program.
84 students graduate from APTC
17 December 2012
Eighty-four Solomon Islands students graduated from the Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC) on Friday at a special ceremony in Honiara.
Briefing on Solomon Islands – Australia Partnership for Development
23 November 2012
Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Matt Anderson has met with recently appointed Minister for Development, Planning and Aid Coordination, Connelly Sandakabatu to congratulate him on his appointment and discuss focus areas within the Solomon Islands – Australia Partnership for Development.
World Toilet Day is celebrated globally on 19 November to highlight the importance of clean water and access to hygiene services to keep communities healthy.
New Australian volunteers arrive in Solomon Islands
16 November 2012
Five new Australian Volunteers have arrived in Solomon Islands to begin their placements with government ministries and sport associations. The new volunteers will take up positions with Solomon Islands Water Authority, Solomon Islands Cricket Association, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Solomon Islands AFL Association and Solomon Islands College of Higher Education.
Representatives of community groups across Solomon Islands gathered at the Australian High Commission on Wednesday 7 November to receive more than $800,000 worth of funding for development projects around the country that will directly improve people’s lives.
Australian leadership to fight malaria and save lives
2 November 2012
Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Australia will spend more than $100 million over the next four years to help reduce deaths and illness from malaria in the Asia-Pacific region. Senator Carr announced the funding at Malaria2012: Saving Lives in the Asia Pacific conference in Sydney.
“Watch this face” with the Australian High Commission in Movember
1 November 2012
If Honiara seems hairier this month, there’s a good reason: the men of the Australian High Commission have begun a month-long effort to raise awareness of men’s health issues by growing moustaches in support of “MOVEMBER”.
Constitution to guide Solomon Islands – Australia alumni network
22 October 2012
The Solomon Islands – Australia scholarship alumni network is ready for action with the constitution finalised to guide the operation and activities of the alumni. The development of the constitution follows the launch of the Solomon Islands – Australia scholarship alumni earlier this year and the formation of a six member executive steering group.
Hellen proud of her Aussie wheels
3 September 2012
One of the proudest people at the flag bearer ceremony for the six Oceania nations to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games was Hellen Saohaga, the Solomon Islands' first Paralympian and their only competitor for London.
Malaria elimination in Solomon Islands
18 August 2012
Australia will aim for the long-term elimination of malaria in the Solomon Islands, starting with delivery of an additional $14.75 million over four years for treated bed nets, mosquito spraying and community education, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said today.
Investing in transport infrastructure in Solomon Islands
18 August 2012
Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr on 18 August inspected Australian-funded road and bridge works in West Guadalcanal during his visit to Solomon Islands.
70th Anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra
9 August 2012
An address by Australian High Commissioner Matt Anderson on 9 August 2012 commemorating the 70th anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra during World War II. The address was given from aboard the HMAS Gascoyne at the site of HMAS Canberra’s loss, off Savo Island in the Solomon Islands.
YouTube Ambassadors Series – High Commissioner Matt Anderson discusses Australia’s relationship with Solomon Islands
30 July 2012
Matthew Anderson is Australia's High Commissioner to Solomon Islands. Here he discusses central issues in Australia's relationship with Solomon Islands, including Australian involvement in RAMSI (Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands), Australia's aid partnership with the Solomons, and ongoing development challenges in Solomon Islands. He also discusses his extensive experience working in the Pacific, and Australia's work to advance the role and status of women in the Pacific.
Festival of Pacific Arts
9 July 2012
An opinion piece written by Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, the Hon Richard Marles MP, following his visit to Honiara for the Festival of Pacific Arts.
Roads and bridges important for all Solomon Islanders
5 July 2012
Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles says improving road infrastructure and maintaining roads and bridges is a critical part of Australia’s development partnership with the Solomon Islands Government.
Solomon Islands girl the 100,000th participant in Australia’s ‘Just Play’ program
3 July 2012
Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles today announced that a young Solomon Islands girl is the 100,000th participant in Australia’s ‘Just Play’ program.
Australia’s enduring commitment to Solomon Islands has been reaffirmed during meetings in Honiara between Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Islands Affairs Richard Marles and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo and Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga.
Richard Marles welcomes Australian delegation to Pacific Arts Festival
2 July 2012
Visiting Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles officially welcomed the Australian delegation to the Festival of Pacific Arts who are taking part in the two week festival in Honiara.
Australian DCP Financial Year ends with a bang at Hell's Point
22 June 2012
The Australian Defence Cooperation Program (DCP) has completed its final financial commitment to the Australian/ Solomon Islands bilateral support to the RSIPF Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Program at Hell’s Point.
Stop violence against women: Australia gives $750,000 to human rights champions
13 June 2012
Australia is providing $750,000 (A$100,000) to respected NGO Live and Learn Environmental Education to train and mobilise 50 men to be ‘human rights champions’ in 20 settlements around Honiara to advocate against violence and sexual abuse against women.
RSIPF Band Plays From A Different Sheet Of Music
7 June 2012
The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Band on Tuesday received a boost from former military bands in Australia through the donation of some much awaited and pre loved sheet music to the RSIPF Band and Police Commissioner John Lansley.
Australian Deputy High Commissioner Dr Dave Peebles handed over 10 water tanks to Vonunu Provincial Secondary School Principal, Tagholyn Kabakabe, at Gizo Wharf in Western Province on 29 May.
Pacific Break 2012 remastered
6 June 2012
Radio Australia has launched Pacific Break 2012 ‘remastered’ – this year the competition enters a new and exciting stage, offering the winner the opportunity to fly to Australia to record a demo of their best song.
Eliminating malaria from Solomon Islands
30 May 2012
A message from the Australian High Commissioner, Matt Anderson, on eliminating malaria from Solomon Islands on AusAIDs blog, Engage.
A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion passing low overhead offered a new wave of hope for 49 Solomon Islanders stranded in life rafts with no sight of land last Saturday afternoon.
HOMs interview wtih Radio Australia in pijin on the Governor General's visit
27 May 2012
An interview by ABC's Radio Australia with the Head of Mission Matt Anderson in pijin discussing Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce's, trip to the Pacific including the Solomon Islands.
HOMs address on SIDT's 30th Anniversary
8 May 2012
Speech by Australian High Commissioner, Matt Anderson, on Solomon Islands Development Trusts' (SIDT) 30th Anniversary.
Scholarships for regional study now open
30 April 2012
The Australian Regional Development Scholarships (ARDS) are now available for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the Pacific region.
Radike Samo draws big crowd in Solomon Islands
9 April 2012
Australian rugby union star Radike Samo visited Solomon Islands to launch the Pacific in Union program to promote rugby union and healthy lifestyles.
Women Leaders Forum National Parliament of Solomon Islands, Honiara
3 April 2012
Address by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce Governor-General of Australia to Women Leaders of Solomon Islands during her visit on 3 April 2012.
The visiting Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, called for an end to violence against women and children and encouraged woman to run for parliament during her ‘talk with women’ in Solomon Islands.
New booklets help Solomon Islands women to manage finances
3 April 2012
A rural-based volunteer women’s organisation in Solomon Islands is leading the way for women to manage their finances, learn to budget for household items and save for their family’s future.
CONNECTING CULTURES: Building the tapestry of a global culture
14 March 2012
A speech given by Acting Australian High Commissioner Dr Dave Peebles to the Honourable Prime Minister, members of the diplomatic corps and school children on the occasion of Commonwealth Day,14 March 2012.
Alumni Network for Australian Scholarship Holders
14 March 2012
Be part of the inaugural alumni network for current and former Australian scholars.
Scholarships to study in Australia in 2013 now open
29 February 2012
Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) and Australian Leaderships Awards (ALA) Scholarships are available for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Australia.
Australian Trade Mission Visits Solomon Islands
24 February 2012
An Australian Trade Mission visited Solomon Islands from 20-24 February to explore potential trade and investment opportunities in the country.
Defence support to Solomon Islands
26 January 2012
Defence support is provided through the Defence Cooperation Program (DCP) in three main areas: provision of support to the RSIPF Maritime Unit and EOD Team, and support to the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). Activities are arranged and coordinated by the Defence Adviser and his Assistant in the Australian High Commission.
High Commissioner's Australia Day message
26 January 2012
On Australia Day, we gather, wherever we are in the world, to celebrate what’s great about being Australian.
Australian Volunteers set to make a difference in Solomon Islands
20 January 2012
Fourteen new Australian Volunteers arrived in Solomon Islands this month to begin their placements with government ministries, colleges, non-government and community groups.
Announcement of Seasonal Worker Program
18 December 2011
On 18 December 2011, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, Australia's Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation; the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Australia's then Minister for Foreign Affairs; and the Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP, Australia's Minister for Tourism, announced the Seasonal Worker Program, to begin on 1 July 2012.
Message Stick Exhibition Opens in Honiara
14 October 2011
On 14 October, the Australian High Commissioner Matt Anderson and the Acting Prime Minister, Hon Manasseh Maelanga, officially opened the touring art exhibition Message Stick: Indigenous Identity in Urban Australia at the King Solomon Hotel.
Australian Sports Outreach Program 2011/2012
26 April 2011
Applications for the 2011/12 round of the Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP): Pacific Sports Development Grants closed on 27 May 2011.
Anzac Day Honoured in Solomon Islands
25 April 2011
Over 400 people from the local and expatriate communities gathered at The Cenotaph at dawn on Monday 25 April for the Anzac Day Service of Remembrance.