Smart Volunteering: Message from the Minister for Foreign Affairs
When it comes to volunteering, Australians are generous people. Australian volunteers selflessly give their time, money and lend their skills and experience to help others across a range of countries and sectors.
Australia has a long and proud history of volunteering, with the Australian Government supporting international volunteering for more than 60 years.
We have learned over the years that when done well, volunteering will benefit both the volunteer and the communities they serve and build enduring friendships and people-to-people links.
Research has shown that orphanage tourism (holiday tours and short-term un-skilled volunteering at orphanages) can encourage harmful practices, and can, in some cases, put vulnerable children at risk. The number of orphanages in certain popular tourist destinations has increased dramatically yet many of the children living in them have at least one living parent. The quality of care varies dramatically. The worst orphanages retain and exploit children with the aim of making money. Orphanages should be an option of last resort for children, who are generally better off living with their families and communities.
For these reasons, the Australian Government discourages short-term, unskilled volunteering in orphanages.
When planning to volunteer overseas, I encourage Australians to:
- Be an informed volunteer
- Be a child safe volunteer
- Be a prepared volunteer
Read more here.
Scam alert: Global Special Humanitarian Expression of Interest
It has come to the attention of the Australian government that there has been a recent spate of scams targeting citizens of West African countries offering false offers of employment and visas to Australia. These scams are run by criminal gangs and will only steal your money by fraud. There is no job and there is no visa.
No Australian Diplomat or Australian Border Force Special Agent will contact you offering jobs or visas. Legitimate Australian Government border related email addresses end with @dfat.gov.au or @border.gov.au. Anything that contains a .net or a .com or anything else is a scam.
Report suspected fraud to: nairobi.Compliance@dfat.gov.au or integrity.Pretoria@dfat.gov.au Any information you provide will be treated confidentially.
Should you believe that you are the victim of a scam, you should report it to your local police and you may also wish to report it via the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Scamwatch website.
Australian High Commissioner Barnes presents credentials to Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama
Australian High Commissioner Andrew Barnes presented his credentials to Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama on Monday 3 October 2016 at the Flagstaff House in Accra. President Mahama welcomed High Commissioner Barnes, commending the good bilateral ties between the countries and highlighting Australia’s strong mining credentials.