Latest News and Events
30 May 2016
Federal Election 2016
The Australian Federal Election will be held in Australia on Saturday 2 July 2016. It is now too late to enrol to vote.
Registered voters who are overseas can vote in person at the Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on Tuesday 28, Thursday 30 June, and Friday 1 July. Please contact the High Commission on phone 23244 for advice on voting outside the allocated times and dates. The High Commission will not be open for voting on Saturday 2 July 2016.
To be eligible to vote you must be registered on the Australian Election Commission electoral roll. If you are unsure whether you are registered please contact the Australian Electoral Commission via their website www.aec.gov.au Information on postal voting is also available on the AEC website.
11 February 2016
Arrival of Australian High Commissioner Mr Andrew Ford
As High Commissioner Mr Ford will build on Tonga and Australia’s longstanding and cooperative relationship.
01 February 2016
Australia Award Pacific Scholarship Awards applications now open
The Australian High Commission is pleased to invite applications for the 2017 intake of the Australia Awards Scholarship and the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships.
29 May 2015
Overseas Surcharge to apply from 1 July 2015
From 1 July 2015 passport applications lodged overseas will incur an additional fee (overseas surcharge). The additional fee will be A$100 for all adult applications, and A$50 for all child applications. The fee will not apply to emergency passport applications.
2 April 2015
Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop, visits Tonga
Australia\\'s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Julie Bishop, visited Nuku’alofa on Friday 2 April to highlight Australia’s close economic and security relationship with Tonga.
24 March 2015
Tonga Study Awards
The 2016 Tonga Study Awards Programme (TSA) is jointly sponsored by the Governments of Tonga, New Zealand and Australia. Under the TSA Programme, scholarships are available for study either in the region or New Zealand, depending on where a particular course is offered.
16 March 2015
Call for applications: Independent Assessor for Tonga Study Award Scholarships 2016
TSA is seeking to recruit a dynamic and experienced high performing professional to work as an Independent Assessor to assist in vetting and screening of scholarship applications for commencement in 2016.
14 November 2014
New Outdoor Cinema launches at Mahina Festival
The Australian High Commission has launched its new outdoor cinema equipment at this week’s Mahina Arts Festival for the Pacific Film Night, featuring Indigenous Australian short films.
5 November 2014
The Case for Pacific Regionalism
An OpEd by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Brett Mason on the value of collaboration in the region.
1 October 2014
International Day of the Girl Child: ending the cycle of violence
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Michaelia Cash and Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja today reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to ending violence against women and girls ahead of International Day of the Girl Child.
8 September 2014
Australia and Westpac partner in the Pacific
Today Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced an Australian partnership in the Pacific, with a specific focus on Papua New Guinea and Fiji, to increase access to finance and support the private sector.
18 August 2014
Launch of the Economic Diplomacy Agenda
Today the Australian Government’s economic diplomacy agenda was launched, an approach that will underpin Australia\\'s active international engagement into the future.
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
- Australian Minister for Trade