Australian Consulate-General in Bali - Odalan Ceremony 2017.
Message from the Consul-General in Bali
Welcome to the website of the Australian Consulate-General in Bali. This website outlines important information for Australians travelling to or living in Bali and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), including how to contact the Consulate-General and the range of consular and passport services available. We also provide a limited range of consular services to Canadian citizens. Information on Australian visas and citizenship is also available on this website.
I urge all Australians planning to travel to Bali or NTB, as well as all resident Australians, to:
Check the smartraveller.gov.au website for the latest travel advice on Indonesia, including general advice on security and health matters. You can also subscribe to automatically receive email updates whenever the travel advisory is changed.
Register on-line so that in the event of an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency, we can contact you.
Ensure that each person travelling in your party (including children) is covered by adequate travel insurance. While Bali and NTB offer a great array of experiences and activities, it is important that your travel insurance covers everything you could potentially engage in.
Carefully read the advice under Services for Australians and ensure that people travelling in your party are aware of the potential problems that may be encountered.
New campaign to tackle orphanage tourism
The Australian Government is launching a new campaign to prevent Australians from inadvertently contributing to child exploitation through the practice of orphanage tourism, including by participating in misleading volunteer programs.
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
The Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs
- Joint media release: New campaign to tackle orphanage tourism
- Smart volunteering
- Australian Volunteers program
Direct Aid Program for 2017 – 2018
Please contact the DAP Secretariat (DAP.Bali@dfat.gov.au) for further information.
After hours emergency contact
FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY, Australian and Canadian citizens requiring urgent assistance outside normal Consulate-General office hours, including weekends and public holidays:
Call (+62 361) 2000 100. Follow the instructions (press 4, wait for the information recording to begin and then press 6), this will connect you to the 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra.
Alternatively, call the Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra directly on (+61 2) 6261 3305.
Non urgent enquiries can be made by email to email@example.com