Australian Embassy
Federated States of Micronesia;
Republic of the Marshall Islands; Republic of Palau

**JOB VACANCY** 

The Australian Embassy is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Program Manager.

Please download the Applicant Information Package, which contains the Duty Statement, Selection Criteria and Application Forms.

Applications should include the following documents:

1. Resume/CV

2. Selection Criteria Responses (Attachment A)

3. Attachments B and C.

Please email applications to Eliza Woolcock, Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy, Pohnpei at:

eliza.woolcock@dfat.gov.au

Application close at COB on Friday 1 September 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

 

 

 

NAIDOC RECONCILIATION WEEK

          27 May - 3 JUNE

 

Each year, Australia celebrates National Reconciliation Week (NRW) from 27 May to 3 June, to reflect and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. This week is also an opportunity to remember those who have fought—and still fight—for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and assure all Australians that the unity of our nation is our greatest strength.

 

This year Australia’s NRW marks the 50th Anniversary of the successful 1967 Referendum (27 May) and the 25th anniversary of the Mabo High Court decision (3 June). These anniversaries commemorate two significant events in the nation’s history.

 

 

On 27 May 1967, the Australian Government held a successful referendum, which saw over 90% of Australian voting “yes”, to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and recognize them in the national census. This is the strongest 'Yes' vote of any constitutional referendum before or since.

The Mabo High Court decision was a landmark moment in the history of land rights, overturning the doctrine of “terra nullius” (empty land – or land that belongs to nobody). On 3 June 1992, the High Court of Australia ruled that terra nullius should not have been applied at the time of European settlement. This decision legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have rights to the land – rights that can still exist today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native title.

The National Reconciliation Week provides an opportunity for all Australians to come together and celebrate our shared history, reinforce the importance of Indigenous cultures to our nation’s history and reaffirm commitments to our reconciliation journey.

For more information visit:  http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/

 

Australian Grants

The Australian Embassy in Pohnpei is currently offering Direct Aid Program (DAP) grants. The grants are for community-run projects in Palau, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia focused on addressing basic needs in the areas of health, education, gender equality and poverty reduction.

 

Applications for DAP grants can be submitted anytime during the year. For further details and to apply, click here: http://fsm.embassy.gov.au/phpi/110110.html

 

 

AUSTRALIA DAY

Thursday 26 January 2017

 

 

The Australian Embassy in Pohnpei celebrated Australia Day on Thursday 26 January with over 150 guests. After a formal Sakau ceremony, Youth 4 Change choir sang the Australian and FSM national anthems. Ambassador George Fraser addressed the crowd with a speech focused on the importance of equality and justice, human rights issues, and Australia’s campaign for the Human Rights Council for 2018. Ambassador Fraser highlighted Australia’s many innovative contributions to the world including the black box recorder, Wi-Fi, and the inflatable escape slide for airplanes. He then proposed a toast to the President, Government and People of the Federated States of Micronesia. FSM Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mr Samson Pretrick, responded to Ambassador Fraser by highlighting Australia’s contributions to the FSM in the areas of maritime surveillance, scholarships and grants, and proposed a toast to the Queen and the People of Australia.