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Australia welcomes new Fiji High Commissioner H.E. Luke Daunivalu

Fiji Consulate General & Trade Commission, Australia & New Zealand, is pleased to welcome His Excellency Luke Daunivalu who was officially sworn in as Fiji High Commissioner to Australia at Government House, Canberra.

See gallery of official swearing in ceremony below:

 

Office now fully cashless with state-of-the-art tablet facility

The Fiji Consulate General and Trade Commission is proud to announce that our consular services are now fully cashless.

After becoming the first Fiji Government agency to establish an online payment portal, our next milestone has been the establishment of a tablet facility in our office. This tablet will allow our valued clients to use our payment portal to complete the application process for passports, dual citizenships, police clearances and more, instantly, and in the comfort of our Sydney office.

Our new user-friendly initiative will streamline applications and allow our diaspora to access important services quickly and conveniently.

Employment Opportunity – Consular Officer (Sydney)

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The Fiji Consulate General and Trade Commission to Australia and New Zealand (‘the Office’) based in Sydney, Australia, carries out trade and investment promotion, as well as consular activities, on behalf of the Fijian Government and aims to contribute to Fiji’s economic prosperity through:

  • Improving market access for Fijian products and services in Australia and New Zealand;
  • Investment Promotion;
  • Export Promotion;
  • Trade facilitation in areas of quarantine, customs, ports and immigration;
  • Market Research and Intelligence for investment and export;
  • Providing consular assistance in a timely manner; and
  • Effectively promoting Fiji as an ideal business destination.

 

About the role

To be successful in this role, you will have proven experience in advising and influencing senior stakeholders within business and in broader community environments.  Your ability to be a quick learner will be invaluable as will your ability to engage effectively with key clients.

You will also be valued for your ability to work successfully within an unstructured environment, influence others to act quickly and work well with senior stakeholders. Ultimately you will use your underlying interpersonal skills, strong analytical abilities and proven good judgement to effectively and efficiently deliver key consular services within a complex operating environment.

This role provides an excellent opportunity for a passionate, disciplined, driven and committed individual to contribute to the development of the Fijian economy and our people.

The position is responsible and accountable to the Consul General and Trade Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand (CGTC ANZ).

 

The position will have the following overarching responsibilities:

  • Deliver consular services to relevant clientele in an efficient and timely manner;
  • Be an effective conduit to the Fijian community in Australia with the aim of promoting unity and harmony;
  • Support the Office in organising community events and programmes that will fulfill the above objectives; and
  • Ensure effective communication and visibility of the work of the Office within the Fijian diaspora and broader Australian community.

 

Benefits and perks

The Fiji Consulate General & Trade Commission Office is ideally located in the heart of the Sydney CBD, adjacent to Hyde Park and nearby to convenient amenities such as gyms, restaurants and public transportation. We have just moved into a new facility and values encompassing a strong work/life balance, high job satisfaction and team morale are integral to our work environment and part of our ethos. The Office comprises a team of empowered professionals who are committed and passionate about serving the people of Fiji.

 

Skills and experience

  • The Applicant should be a Fijian citizen or Australian citizen/Permanent Residency holder and possess relevant qualifications in the field of immigration, customs, border control, community development or any other related field;
  • Have at least five (5) years’ relevant work experience in a similar senior role, preferably with a strong background and achievements in meeting targets in either a public or private sector environment;
  • Have sound knowledge and strong understanding of different Fijian cultures and traditions, in particular the iTaukei culture and traditional ceremonies, as the incumbent will be required to represent the Office at these important events;
  • Understand the legislative framework and regulations pertaining to immigration and other consular areas of responsibility; and
  • Possess a good understanding of community and stakeholder engagement, preferably in the Australian context, and be an effective representative of CGTC ANZ on key community issues;

 

Key Attributes

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skill combined with strong presentation and speaking skills;
  • A leader and self-starter with the ability to produce high quality reports and briefs that are user-friendly in a timely manner;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Understanding of teams and how to work effectively within a team environment;
  • Strong management, administrative, organisational and project management ability;
  • Proficient with technology & computer literacy in MS Word, MS Outlook and MS Excel;
  • Ability to establish and maintain healthy working environment and relationships with all stakeholders;
  • Effective communication, interpersonal and organisational skills; and
  • Current drivers licence.

 

How to Apply

To apply for the above position, please provide an updated resume (CV), at least three (3) referees with one being a current or recent supervisor and a covering letter of no more than three pages, which explains how you meet the selection criteria. Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

All applications must be submitted online via the listing on ‘Seek Australia’ which can be accessed here.

Applications for the position must be submitted by 4.30pm on Friday, 26 March 2021. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

The Fiji Consulate General Sydney and Trade Commission to Australia and New Zealand is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about our work in Australia and New Zealand please visit our website at www.investinfiji.today

Should you have any further question about the role or if you face any difficulties with submitting your application please contact our office via email: [email protected] or phone +61 (2) 9900 0700.

See full job description here – JD for Consular Officer (Sydney)

Farewell Gala: H.E. Yogesh Punja

The Fiji Consulate General and Trade Commission to Australia and New Zealand was proud to host a farewell event for Fiji’s former High Commissioner to Australia, His Excellency Yogesh Punja. The event took place at Old Government House, Parramatta on Friday 15th June and accommodated 150 guests from the Fijian diaspora, the Australian government, the diplomatic corps and the business community.

As well as congratulating H.E Punja on his many achievements and contributions to Fiji and Australia, the event also proved a valuable opportunity to showcase Fiji’s cultural and business offerings through traditional Meke dance performances, audiovisual presentations and speeches from Fijian and Australian government representatives. Attendees enjoyed networking in a relaxed and festive environment.

The Fiji Consulate General and Trade Commission wishes H.E Punja all the very best for his next posting in India and thanks him for his efforts as High Commissioner. The Consulate also wishes to thank all attendees for joining us to celebrate this important occasion.

For more information about trade and investment opportunities in Fiji, please visit our website: www.investinfiji.today or email [email protected]

See Full Press Release Here

Cyclone Appeal: Thank You Message from the Fiji Consul General

The Fiji Consulate General and Trade Commission to Australia and New Zealand takes this opportunity to thank the Australian community, including the Fijian diaspora and businesses, for their generous response to the Fiji Cyclone and Flood Relief Appeal in New South Wales. Over a short period of time, we were able to collect items such as clothes, bedding, blankets, mattresses, toys, shoes and other essential relief materials for Fijian families affected by wind and water damage to their homes and properties as a result of Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni that passed through Fiji.

The generosity of the Australian community, including the Fijian diaspora and businesses, are a testament to the strong bond of love and friendship shared between our two countries. As a result of the generous contributions that were received, two 40ft containers equivalent to 130 cubic metres of items were shipped to Fiji and will be arriving in Suva on 6 May 2018. The items will be received by the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and will be quickly distributed in a fair and transparent manner to families most in need at this challenging time.

On behalf of the Fijian Government and our people back home in Fiji, I also take this opportunity to extend our appreciation to sponsors Gibson Freight Australia Pty Ltd, HiLands Foods Pty Ltd, Chess Moving – Sydney, Skywise Designs, the Mobile Agents, the volunteers who came together at short notice, as well as all religious groups and Non-Governmental Organisations for their significant contributions and timely assistance towards this important initiative. We could not have achieved a successful outcome without your support. We also extend our gratitude to organisations that are supporting similar Appeals in operation in other States such as Victoria and Queensland.

Vinaka Vakalevu

Dhanyevaad

Xiè Xiè

Faiak se’ea

Shukriya

 

See full Press Release here

Generous Contribution to PM’s Relief Fund

The Fiji High Commissioner His Excellency Yogesh Punja and the Consul-General Mr Zarak Khan met with representatives from PGA Australia to accept a $20,000 donation to the Prime Minister’s Natural Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund. PGA’s donation will go towards rehabilitation after the devastation of Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni.

Mr Stuart Hergt, Chief Operating Officer of PGA Australia, said on behalf of the CEO that the PGAvery much feel[s] a part of the [Fijian] community, and we felt that it was our corporate duty to be part of this appeal… We sincerely hope that this money will, in a small way, provide some benefits to those that are in need, and we wish everyone in Fiji a very swift recovery.”

PGA’s relationship with Fiji has been ongoing, with the fifth year of the Fiji International golf tournament approaching in August. The tournament has attracted a global audience to Fiji, showcasing the country through television broadcasts to over 300 million people and 200 countries worldwide. The Consul-General that the tournament “contributes to the Fijian economy both in terms of tourism numbers [and] promoting the Fijian brand internationally.”

PGA hopes that their donation will encourage other Australian and Fijian businesses to support this important initiative. Mr Vincent V Nair, CEO of SMARTECH Business Systems Asia Pacific suggested that both countries “take this as a leading example of how Australia and Fiji work together. This is a partnership for both happy times and sad times.”

The Fiji High Commission and the Fiji Consulate General and Trade Commission urge Australians and Fijians to band together and contribute to this important cause. “I believe that there are others out there who should consider corporate social responsibility and come up with assistance for our people who have been devastated by a series of cyclones… it is about time that everybody start[s] pitching in to help our Prime Minister with [this] fundraising effort,” said His Excellency the High Commissioner. The Consul-General agreed, “I think each and every dollar counts in terms of rebuilding the lives of our people back home.”

Mr Nair said, “We are saddened by not just the devastation, but the pain and suffering our fellow Fijians have gone through recently.” Mr Basil Scafidi, the Managing Director of Sports and Entertainment Ltd Australia, added that, “Our great sympathies go to the Fijian people and we hope that everything recovers well and quickly.”

See full Press Release here

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