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By-election for the Division of Bennelong
A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Bennelong in New South Wales will be held on Saturday 16 December 2017.
You can check if you are enrolled in the Division of Bennelong, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AEDT Monday 20 November 2017.
In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. If you will be overseas on by-election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia before you go.
You can apply for a postal vote by completing a ‘Postal Vote Application’ on the AEC website. You should ensure that you apply for a postal vote as soon as possible to allow enough time for the ballot papers to reach you overseas before by-election day.
High Commission Opening hours
Office Hours: 8:00 am to 5:05 pm Monday – Thursday (lunch break 12.30-13.30). 8:00 am to 1:10 pm (Friday).
Passports, consular and notarial services are available by appointment only: Clients should not attend the High Commission without an appointment except in a genuine emergency. Appointments are available 8:30 am to 12:00 noon (Monday, Tuesday and Friday – except designated public holidays)
FREQUENT TRAVELLER PASSPORTS DISCONTINUED
The Frequent Traveller Passport will be discontinued from 1 December 2017.
In its place, the Australian Passport Office is introducing a new and less expensive replacement passport option (34 visa pages, same expiry date as passport being replaced) for passport holders with full visa pages. In Australia, the replacement passport is available via the NEW online application process.
Overseas, Australian citizens may choose either:
a) A new passport (34 pages with ten years validity) at the current passport charge of AUD 277 plus the overseas surcharge or
b) A replacement passport (34 pages with the same expiry date as the passport being replaced) for AUD 175 in 2017, with no overseas
Passport fees will increase on 1 January 2018. Please visit www.passports.gov.au
- Adult 10-year passport – AUD $282 (overseas surcharge –AUD $105)
- Adult 5-year passport for persons aged 75 and over - AUD $142 (overseas surcharge –AUD $105)
- 10-year passport for persons aged 16 and 17 – AUD $282 (child overseas surcharge – AUD $53)
- 5-year passport for children under 16 years - AUD $142 (child overseas surcharge – AUD $53)
The Australian High Commission in Brunei website http://bruneidarussalam.embassy.gov.au will publish fees in BND in early January 2018.
Notarial Services Disclaimer
Please ensure that documents relating to the notarial services you require from the Australian Government/Embassy/Consulate, are presented in the correct form and that you provide the correct instructions for the notarial service you require. If you are unsure of the legislative requirements relating to the notarial service you require, you should seek independent legal advice. Please note that neither the Australian Government nor the Australian Embassy/High Commission/Consulate in Post/Country guarantees the legal effectiveness of the notarised document or the accuracy of its content. Fees paid for notarial services are non-refundable.
The Australian High Commission, Bandar Seri Begawan, encourages all Australians living in or visiting Brunei Darussalam to register on the Smartraveller website. The registration information you provide will help us to contact you in an emergency.
You may also wish to subscribe to alerts. This is a free email service to provide you with the latest updates to our travel advice.
Would you like to be invited to High Commission events?
Australians wishing to register socially with the Australian High Commission to be kept updated of our events, such as Australia Day and ANZAC Day, should complete the Australian Community Outreach form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also stay up to date with everything the High Commission is doing by following us on our Facebook page, Australia in Brunei Darussalam.
Are you an Australian Global Alumni?
Did you Study in Australia? The High Commission likes to stay connected with graduates of all Australian educational institutions. If you have completed high school, university, in service training or other education in Australia please fill out the Alumni Registration Form and email it to email@example.com to stay informed about tailored events and opportunities.
The Australian Government has also created a virtual global network for international scholars and fellows who have studied in Australia and for Australians who have studied overseas. Go to our Brunei Australia Alumni page to find out more!