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Have you studied in Australia?
We are keen to learn about anyone from West Africa who has studied in Australia, no matter how long ago. Please send us an email here.
Ghana and Australia partner to Enhance Minerals Sector Administration in Ghana
Ghana and Australia signed an Exchange of Letters on 18 June, to signal the beginning of a two-year partnership to enhance the management of minerals rights in Ghana. The two-year technical assistance project, funded by the Australian Government, is expected to improve the effectiveness, accountability and compliance of the management of mining licenses and royalties in Ghana. Read more here
Australia impacts lives through effective partnerships
The Australian High Commission Ghana held a reception for civil society and government-body partners from 9 West African countries including Ghana on 3 June. Recipients of the Direct Aid Program grants were also announced during the reception. Read more here:
Overseas Application Fee and Mandatory Personal Lodgement from 1 July 2015
From 1 July 2015 a new overseas surcharge will apply to all full validity adult (including senior) and child passport applications lodged overseas in addition to the standard application fee. See Poster for full details on the overseas surcharge.
In addition from 1 July 2015 all Australian citizens must lodge their passport application in person. We are not able to accept applications by mail or courier. This helps us to protect you, by protecting the security and integrity of your Australian passport.
Please note that child applications should be lodged in person by a parent or person with parental responsibility for the child. There is no requirement for the child to attend the interview. The parent or person lodging the application is not required to be an Australian citizen, but will need to bring photographic proof of their own identity to the appointment.
Upcoming Mining Conferences
Starting from June with AusIMM Africa Australia Technical Mining Conference, Australia will host a series of leading conferences, workshops and exhibitions in the field of mining. More informations on dates, themes and locations can be found here.
Meet the Australia Awards Alumni on the Frontlines against Ebola
Australia Awards Scholarships Alumni are at the forefront of the battle against Ebola, hard at work in their respective countries to contain the virus. Hawa Page in Liberia (pictured here) and Mukeh Fahnbulleh in Sierra Leone share how their Australian-acquired skills are helping in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease here.
False anti-malarial medication circulating in West Africa
The World Health Organisation has warned that falsified anti-malarial medication was identified in markets in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and Lomé, Togo, in February 2015. This alert related to the product "Artemether/Lumefantrine" with batch number DYI402542. More information is available here.
Frequently Asked Questions about Travel to Australia from Ebola-Affected Countries
New border–screening procedures are in place for travellers going to Australia from Ebola-affected countries. In some cases, these screening procedures will occur at check-in, or in transit. Full details are available on Smartraveller. Further detail is available in the Ebola Traveller’s Information Sheet.
If you are travelling to Australia from an Ebola-affected country, check the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website for the latest travel and visa requirements. Answers to frequently asked questions are available here.
Welcome from the Australian High Commissioner
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Accra, Ghana. I hope you find the site interesting and informative.
I was delighted to commence my role at the High Commission on 21 January 2013, after earlier visits to Ghana in 2009 and 2011. I am also responsible for Australia’s relations with Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
The High Commission's job is to advance Australia’s political, economic and other interests in all of these countries, and to work with partner governments on issues of common interest, including development, trade and investment and peace and security.
I am also very pleased that the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) now has a regional office at the High Commission to help service the growing ties between Australia and the region.
I look forward to many enriching experiences working to advance bilateral relationships and meeting Australians and friends of Australia across the region.
Joanna Adamson, High Commissioner
Information for Australian travellers
Consular emergencies: call us in Ghana on +233 302 216 400. Outside office hours call us in Australia on +61 2 6261 3305.
Registration: Australian travellers and residents in Ghana and other countries in West Africa are encouraged to register with the Australian High Commission in Accra and to check Smartraveller for information on security issues. You can register in person at the High Commission or online through http://www.smartraveller.gov.au.
Passports: see Passports Australia.