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NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC stands for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2015 is: We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate. The theme highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea. It was also chosen specifically to highlight and celebrate the anniversary of the ‘Handback’ of Uluru, one of these sacred sites, to its traditional owners on 26 October 30 years ago.
Senator Hon George Brandis in Rome
Senator Hon George Brandis QC, Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts, visited Italy to officially open the new Denton Corker Marshall designed Australian Pavilion in Venice’s Biennale on 5 May 2015.
Senator Brandis also signed a new cultural protocol with Italy to support increased engagement in the arts, heritage and cultural sectors. This agreement was signed at a meeting with Mr Dario Franceschini, the Italian Minister for Culture and Tourism.
Launch of Italian Alumni Honour Roll
The Australian Embassy and the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) are pleased to launch the Italian Alumni Honour Roll to recognise the achievements of Italian alumni who have studied in Australia and the important contribution they have made to strengthening the ties between our two countries. Australia greatly values the significant contribution our international alumni make to our community, our bilateral relations and our people-to-people linkages. The honour roll contains a collection of interviews with talented Italian alumni, to recognise their achievements and to share their experiences.
Death of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser
Former Australian Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser, passed away on 20 March, aged 84. He was Prime Minister from 1975 to 1983. Current Prime Minister Tony Abbott has issued a press release outlining Malcolm Fraser’s contribution to Australia.
Direct Aid Program in Albania
The Australian Embassy has funded three important projects in Albania, through its 2014-15 Direct Aid Program, to promote Roma identity, empower vulnerable women, alleviate poverty and promote gender equality.
G20 Leaders' Summit concludes
Above: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
Ambassador's Twitter Account
To receive the latest news on Australia, the Italy-Australia relationship and the work of the Embassy, follow Ambassador Mike Rann’s Twitter account @Mike_Rann.
"A Century of Sacrifice"
Read an article by Ambassador Rann, "A Century of Sacrifice", on the 100th Anniversary of the commencement of World War I.
Australian Embassy Rome Newsletter
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Register your presence in Italy, San Marino, Libya, Albania
Register your presence in Italy, San Marino, Libya and Albania with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
All Australians who reside overseas or who are travelling for tourism or business, either for short or long stays, are encouraged to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The registration information provided by you will help us to find you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family emergency. It may also be used to pass other information to you such as, new Travel Advisories, notice of elections and information on other matters relevant to travellers and expatriates.
- Register your presence in Italy, San Marino, Libya, Albania or anywhere overseas with Smartraveller.