HE Mr Adam McCarthy – Australian High Commissioner
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa.
The Australian High Commission is accredited to seven countries in Southern Africa – Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland – as well as the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
South Africa is Australia’s largest export market on the continent, our partner in important forums such as the G20 and Indian Ocean Rim Association, as well as our co-host of the ground-breaking Square Kilometre Array telescope.
Australia is proud of its strong historical opposition to the apartheid regime in South Africa and our bilateral relationship has flourished in the democratic era, today spanning trade, investment, education, the arts, science and tourism – not to mention our friendly rivalry on the sporting field.
Australia’s links with the broader region are also substantial and growing, particularly through increasing commercial ties, as well as through programs such as our long-standing Australia Awards scholarships.
We share an interest in a peaceful and prosperous region and are committed to working with the countries of Southern Africa as a friend and partner.
I strongly urge Australian citizens and permanent residents in Southern Africa to register with the Australian Government through www.smartraveller.gov.au. Registration has many advantages but most importantly it will help us to locate and assist you in an emergency and helps make it so much quicker for us to provide reassurance to your relatives in Australia should an event happen.
It may also be used to pass other information to you such as new travel advisories, notice of elections, and important information relevant to travellers and expatriates.
The South African Government implemented new immigration regulations effective 1 June 2015.
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**IMPORTANT NOTICE: The High Commission is open. Australian citizens wishing to vote in-person for the 2016 Federal Election may do so (see below).
2016 AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL ELECTION
An Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 2 July 2016. You can find information relating to voting while overseas on the Australian Electoral Commission’s (AEC) website: http://www.aec.gov.au/Voting/Ways_to_vote/overseas.htm
Early (in-person) voting will be offered at the High Commission (292 Orient Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa).
Further information: http://southafrica.embassy.gov.au/pret/ConsElections.html
Direct Aid Program
The new round for DAP Applications is now open
The Australian High Commission invites Expressions of Interest for our Direct Aid Program small grants scheme for 2016-17.
Please visit the following page for a full explanation of the new two-step application process.
Initial Expressions of Interest must be submitted online by 18h00 (Pretoria time) on 8 July 2016 at the following site.
Expressions of Interest can be submitted in English and Portuguese.
For any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
31 March 2016 - Presentation of Credentials in Botswana
On 31 March 2016, HE Mr Adam McCarthy, Australia’s High Commissioner accredited to Botswana, presented his credentials to Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana. The High Commissioner also launched the new Association of Botswana-Australia Alumni.
HE Mr Adam McCarthy with His Excellency Lieutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama
8 October 2015 - Presentation of Credentials in Swaziland
On 8 October 2015, HE Mr Adam McCarthy, Australia’s High Commissioner accredited to Swaziland, presented his credentials to His Majesty King Maswati III, Head of State of the Kingdom of Swaziland. The High Commissioner also hosted a reception for Australia Awards alumni based in Swaziland.
HE Mr Adam McCarthy with His Majesty King Maswati III, Head of State of the Kingdom of Swaziland.
HE Mr Adam McCarthy inspects the Guard of Honour at the presentation of credentials ceremony in Swaziland.
17 September 2015 - Presentation of Credentials in Mozambique
On 17 September 2015, HE Mr Adam McCarthy, Australia’s High Commissioner accredited to Mozambique, presented his credentials to HE Mr Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique in Maputo. The High Commissioner also hosted a networking reception for Mozambican Australia Awards alumni and members of the Australian community in Mozambique.
HE Mr Adam McCarthy with President Nyusi during the credentials ceremony in Maputo.
HE Mr Adam McCarthy and Second Secretary Pamela Currie with Australia Awards alumni in Mozambique. Credit: AHC.
11 August 2015 - Presentation of Credentials in South Africa
On 11 August 2015, HE Mr Adam McCarthy presented his credentials to HE Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, the President of the Republic of South Africa, in Pretoria.
HE Mr Adam McCarthy presents his credentials to South African President Jacob Zuma.
29 July 2015 - Presentation of Credentials in Namibia
On 29 July 2015, Australia’s High Commissioner to Namibia, HE Mr Adam McCarthy presented his credentials to HE Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia. Mr McCarthy also hosted a reception for the Australia Awards Alumni and the Australian community in Windhoek.
HE Mr Adam McCarthy arrives at the Statehouse to present his credentials. Credit: Namibia Statehouse
HE Mr Adam McCarthy meets HE Dr Hage Geingob. Credit: Namibia Statehouse.
Registration for Australian High Commission-hosted events
For the attention of the Australian community in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland - Please send an email to email@example.com with the subject 'Registration for Australian High Commission hosted events' should you like to be informed of events hosted by the Australian High Commission.