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Services for Australians Resident in Fiji
Consular: The Australian High Commission in Suva provides consular services to Australian citizens in Fiji and Tuvalu. If you are in need of consular assistance, telephone (679) 338 2211 during office hours (0800-1620 Monday to Friday) or the Consular Operations Centre in Canberra on 1300 555 135 or 61 2 6261 3305.
REGISTERING WITH THE HIGH COMMISSION
The purpose of registration: A register of Australian citizens is maintained solely for use in relation to consular activities, for example, to facilitate contact in an emergency situation, e.g. a natural disaster such as a cyclone. The information contained in the register is protected by the Privacy Act 1988. However, some Australian Government agencies, such as the Australian Taxation Office, have the power under the Act on occasions to examine the register.
Protection of Australian Citizens: When travellers enter any foreign state, regardless of where it is in the world, they become subject to its laws and are legally accountable for acts they commit in its territory. In the event of Australian citizens finding themselves in difficulties, Consular Officers seek to ensure that Australian citizens receive the benefit of the same laws, administration, protection and means of redress for injuries which that foreign state affords its own subjects. In the event that the law applied in the particular instance falls below an acceptable international standard of justice, official representations could be made.
Emergency Situations: The Australian Government, through its Consular officers, endeavours to provide assistance to its citizens abroad who find themselves in emergency situations, such as natural disasters, when it is considered necessary and where it can be arranged. This does not diminish the obligation of citizens to keep themselves informed of situations likely to affect their safety or to meet the costs incurred in rendering assistance.
Who can register: In this case, Australian citizens who expect to be resident in Fiji or Tuvalu. Registration is not compulsory. If an emergency situation develops, we encourage all Australians, including those on short visits to register.
To Register please visit the website: www.orao.dfat.gov.au
Citizens already registered: Citizens who are currently registered with the High Commission should re-register whenever there is a change of address or contact numbers. Please contact us if you wish to confirm that your details remain current. When there is a need to do so, the High Commission will check all registration records to confirm that details remain current
Social Security Payments: The High Commission cannot pay your pension or arrange your Social Security payments. Centrelink handles these matters. To contact Centrelink phone (within Australia): 13 1673 or from overseas: +6 13 6222 3455 (reverse charges) or at their Website: http://www.centrelink.gov.au
AUSTRALIAN PASSPORTS: All enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
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TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR AUSTRALIANS: Click here for travel advisories and other traveller hints from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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On-line registration for Australians overseas: We encourage use of this online registration service by Australians planning to reside overseas for extended periods, and those travelling to locations where there are security risks.
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