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By-election for the electoral Division of Canning
A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Canning in Western Australia will be held on Saturday 19 September 2015. In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. For more information, please see the Smartraveller bulletin.
Indian Maestro Zubin Mehta to lead AWO Tour
Australian High Commissioner Patrick Suckling today welcomed Australian Government support for a tour to India by the Australian World Orchestra, led by one of India’s most famous sons, Maestro Zubin Mehta.
The AWO will receive $250,000 in assistance from the Australian Government for its tour to Mumbai, Chennai and New Delhi in October 2015. The AWO was invited to perform in India by Maestro Mehta. Read more.
New online database launched to help Indian students heading to Australia
Australia’s Acting High Commissioner, Mr Bernard Philip, has launched an online database to help Indian students find Australian university courses which are recognised for credit by Indian universities.
The database will also help Australian students looking for study opportunities in India. Read more.
Australia's Group of Eight Universities make Global Top 100
Australian universities have again been rated among the best in the world, with eight Australian institutions making the global top 100 – and four making the top 50 – of the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings for 2014.
The eight universities are:
• Australian National University
• The University of Melbourne
• The University of Sydney
• The University of Queensland
• The University of New South Wales
• Monash University
• The University of Western Australia
• The University of Adelaide
The Australian High Commissioner to India, Patrick Suckling, said the rankings demonstrated that Australian higher education institutions were excellent choices for Indian students. Read more.
New Smartraveller Business Travel Advice
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has launched a Smartraveller business travel web page to advise Australian businesses operating overseas: www.smartraveller.gov.au/business.Many Australian businesses are now global in scope and even small businesses are operating in remote locations. Consequently, the ability to work safely in a variety of situations and locations is more critical than ever. Read more.