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TIMOR-LESTE ARBITRATION

The Australian Government is disappointed that the Government of Timor-Leste has initiated arbitration against Australia disputing our exclusive right under international law to tax the pipeline to Darwin from the Bayu Undan gas field in the Joint Petroleum Development Area. Read more in English and Tetun

EXERCISE HARII HAMUTUK 2015

Engineers from F-FDTL and the militaries of Australia, the United States and Japan are preparing for Exercise Harii Hamutuk to be held from 5 October to 6 November 2015. This joint exercise will undertake key infrastructure development projects at Hera and Metinaro military bases as well as in the Hera community. Working together, the engineers will boost F-FDTL’s military capability and construct and develop facilities for the community. Read more in English and Tetun

NEW REFINERY DELIVERS TIMOR-LESTE'S FIRST LOCAL IODISED SALT

An Australian Aid supported business, NPM Industries launched a salt manufacturing facility today, a first-of-its kind in Timor-Leste. Read more in English and Tetun

SIXTEEN YEARS SINCE INTERFET DEPLOYED

The Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Mr Peter Doyle, acknowledged this anniversary and paid tribute to the courage and professionalism of Australian and coalition troops who rapidly worked to assist the new nation of Timor-Leste and prevent further loss of life. Read more in English and Tetun

NEW COLOMBO PLAN LAUNCH

On Thursday, 3 September 2015, the Australian Ambassador, together with the Government of Timor-Leste, the Vice Rector of the National University of Timor Lorosa’e and business representatives launched the New Colombo Plan in Timor-Leste. The New Colombo Plan brings to Timor-Leste young Australian students eager to learn about the country’s culture, history and way of life. Read more in English and Tetun

AGOSTINHO DA COSTA CABRAL: AUSTRALIAN AWARDS ALUMNI

Agostinho is an Australian Awards alumni who completed his Masters of Education at Adelaide University in 2013. He returned to Timor-Leste to work at the Secretary of State for Employment Policy and Vocational Training (SEPFOPE). Read more in English

AUSTRALIAN NAVY PROVIDES MARITIME TRAINING FOR F-FDTL

The HMAS Huon visited Dili, Timor-Leste from 19-25 August 2015 to participate in FALINTIL day commemorations. The visit was also an opportunity to conduct maritime training with the Naval Component of the Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL) as part of the ongoing close defence relationship between Australia and Timor-Leste. Read more in English and Tetun

JACINTA AQUARTA: BENEFICIARY OF THE SEASONAL WORKER PROGRAMME 

Read the story of Jacinta Aquarta who has benefited from working in Australia through the Seasonal Worker Programme. After working in horticulture in Australia, Jacinta returned to Timor-Leste to continue her university studies and has built a house for her mother in Baguia. Read more in English

TIMOR-LESTE'S DEFENSE FORCE ASSISTS AUSTRALIA WITH CONSTRUCTION IN  REMOTE ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES

A team of 17 Timor-Leste military engineers from the Timor-Leste’s defence force, departed Dili on Saturday to join Australian military personnel working together to build infrastructure in outback Northern Territory as part of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP). Read more in English 

AUSTRALIA SUPPORTS RESEARCH ON MEASURING POVERTY AND WELL-BEING IN TIMOR-LESTE 

The Office of the President of Timor-Leste today hosted Australian Economics Professor Brett Inder for a public seminar titled "Measuring Poverty and Well Being: their role in guiding development in Timor-Leste". Read more in English and Tetum 

STATEMENT BY THE AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR AT THE TIMOR-LESTE AND DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS MEETING

The Australian Ambassador attended the Timor Leste and Development Partners Meeting on Saturday 6 June. The annual meeting is hosted by the Government of Timor-Leste and attended by development partners, civil society, the private sector and parliamentarians. The Ambassador was honoured to represent development partners in the session on “Improving the Social Sectors” which was presented by the Prime Minister, Dr. Rui Maria De Araujo. Read more in English and Tetum  

TIMOR-LESTE: ICJ CASE DISCONTINUED

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, and Attorney-General, Senator The Hon George Brandis QC, have issued a Media Release welcoming Timor-Leste’s decision to discontinue the case against Australia before the International Court of Justice. Australia and Timor-Leste are close neighbours and friends and we believe differences between our nations are best resolved through consultation. Read more in English and Tetun

F-FDTL PARTICIPATES IN THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY SKILL AT ARMS COMPETITION 

A contingent of 11 personnel of Falintil-Forsa Defesa de Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) participated in the Australian Army Skill-At-Arms Meeting at the Puckapunyal Military Base in Victoria from 5 May to 26 May 2015. Read more in English and Tetun

AUSTRALIA LAUNCHES NEW DISABILITY-INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY 

The Australian Government this week launched a new strategy to strengthen the inclusion of people with disabilities in developing countries. Read more in English and Tetun 

AUSTRALIA RESTATES COMMITMENT TO TIMOR-LESTE 

Australia’s commitment to Timor-Leste’s development remains strong. Timor-Leste and many of Australia’s other neighbours continue to face and are addressing significant development challenges. In the national budget delivered last night, Australia refocused its development assistance program in recognition of different development and economic trajectories across the region. Read more in English and Tetun

CHANGES TO SEASONAL WORKER PROGRAM 

20 March 2015. The Australian Government has announced changes to the Seasonal Worker Program that will benefit both Australian farmers and businesses, and workers from Timor-Leste and the Pacific. Read more in English and Tetun 

AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR TO TIMOR-LESTE ATTENDS OPPENING OF BALIBO FORTH HOTEL AND CULTURE AND HERITAGE CENTRE 

The Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Doyle, delivered a speech at the opening of the Balibo Fort Hotel and Culture and Heritage Centre. Mr Doyle joined senior members of the government of Timor-Leste, the Hon Steve Bracks, former Australian Premier of Victoria, the board of the Balibo House Trust and local dignitaries to inaugurate this important new tourist destination. Read more in English and Tetun

INAUGURATION OF PNDS COMMUNITY CENTRE IN SORO, AINARO DISTRICT 

14 March, 2015 Officials from the Australian Embassy joined the Prime Minster of Timor Leste, His Excellency Dr Rui Maria de Araújo, for the opening of a new community centre in Soro, Ainaro District. Also in attendance were the Vice-Minister of Health, Her Excellency Ana Isabel Soares, the Vice-Minister of Social Solidarity, His Excellency Miguel Marques Manetelu, and other representatives from the Government of Timor-Leste. Read more in English and Tetun 

AUSTRALIA SUPPORTS MINISTRY OF HEALTH TO LAUNCH PROGRAM TO 'CONNECT MOTHERS' IN AILEU DISTRICT 

On Friday 13 March, the Ministry of Health, in partnership with Health Alliance International and Catalpa International, launched the successful ‘Liga Inan’ (Tetun for ‘connecting mothers’) program in Aileu district. Read more in English and Tetun

MOBILE TRAINING ENSURES PNDS STAFF HAS SKILLS TO HELP THEIR COMMUNITIES 

Programa Nasionál Dezenvolvimentu Suku (PNDS, or the National Program for Village Development) has launched a mobile training program, to ensure district based staff have the skills to support their communities. Read more in English and Tetun 

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDS ENDING VIOLANCE AGAINST WOMEN PROGRAM IN TIMOR-LESTE 

09 March 2015. The Australian Government and The Asia Foundation in Timor-Leste are proud to announce USD$1,360,000 in grants through the Ending Violence against Women program. This program supports services for women and children affected by violence, and court monitoring for cases of violence against women. Read more in English

AUSTRALIA SUPPORTS WOMEN OF THE TIMOR-LESTE POLICE FORCE 

06 March 2015, hundreds of women from the Timor-Leste National Police (PNTL) marched to show their solidarity with all women in Timor-Leste and to launch the national campaign against domestic violence. The march coincided with International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on 8 March. This is the first time that women of (PNTL) have participated in International Women’s Day. Read more in English 

AUSTRALIA AND TIMOR-LESTE CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 

06 March 2015, Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Mr Peter Doyle hosted a reception at the Ambassador’s residence to mark International Women’s day and to highlight the achievements of women in Timor-Leste. Read more in English 

AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR MEETS TIMORESE ALUMNI OF AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES 

On 26 February, Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Doyle, met alumni who have studied in Australia with Australia Awards Scholarships at the annual Alumni dinner at Hotel Timor. Read more: English and Tetun

AUSTRALIA CONTINUES TO HELP THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH PUT AMBULANCES BACK ON THE ROAD IN TIMOR-LESTE 

On 27 February 2015, Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Doyle, launched the new Ambulance and Multi-function Vehicle Inspection Bay in Dili. The Australian Government is supporting the Ministry of Health to take practical measures to help save lives in Timor-Leste by facilitating the repair of ambulances and health vehicles. Read more: English and Tetun.

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