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Notarial service fees to increase from 1 January 2017


Notarial service fees will increase from 1 January 2017, following a recommendation from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Functional and Efficiency Review.

Notarial service fees have not increased in 16 years. 

The new fee schedule takes into account the annual rate of inflation in Australia since fees were last increased, the growing cost of delivering notarial services and rising demand.  The new fee schedule (attached) aligns with notarial service fees charged by commercial providers.

From 2018 onwards, notarial service fees will increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

For some services there are free alternatives available to clients, such as witnessing of documents by medical practitioners or police officers.

Australia forges new way to manage iconic World Heritage property

The World Heritage Committee has unanimously backed Australia’s management of the internationally iconic Great Barrier Reef. Not only has UNESCO unanimously rejected the push for an in danger listing, its members have particularly praised Australia and our management of the Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef evokes significant passion in Australia and around the world. Indeed, numerous countries praised Australia and Germany has cited Australia as a model to the world.

This outcome is significant for all countries managing World Heritage properties.What the Australian and Queensland governments have accomplished, together with the World Heritage Committee and UNESCO, is a new way of managing World Heritage that can be a model for others to follow and adapt to their own unique circumstances.

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee first expressed its concern four years ago and has subsequently worked closely with Australia to address the threats to the Reef, ultimately endorsing our Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.

Australia actively responded to these concerns with openness and transparency. We consulted extensively with UNESCO and World Heritage Committee member countries to ensure our efforts were clearly understood. We have also worked hard to share our World’s best practice experience managing coral reefs with other countries, to ensure that all reefs benefit from our knowledge.

The Great Barrier Reef is a complex and dynamic marine environment, at over 340 000km2 it is the size of Italy. Its ecological complexity is mirrored by its social and economic complexity – the Reef is, and has always been, a multi-use area with an abundance of habitats and ecosystems as well as active ports, a fishing industry, a growing population and deeply connected Indigenous traditional owners. The Reef remains an unparalleled tourist destination.

The scale of the Great Barrier Reef does not lessen our responsibility to protect it, so we are actively and effectively managing the many pressures it faces using the best science at our disposal to guide and target our actions. We are protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

On coming into Government in 2013, we commissioned advice and discovered plans for over 60 million tonnes of dredge disposal in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Our view was that was unacceptable. Now, none of that disposal will happen.

We have banned forever the disposal of capital dredge material in the entire World Heritage Area – as promised. We started by reducing from five to zero the number of capital dredging proposals to place dredge material in the marine park.

We have committed to no new ports being developed along the coast adjacent to the Reef. We are also limiting all port-related capital dredging to the existing four major ports along the more than 2000km coastline of the Great Barrier Reef. Australian and Queensland government investment in reef management and research activities is projected at more than $2 billion over the coming decade, including a further $200 million recently announced for water quality improvement.

Having said this, as for every reef around the world, we know there are continued and real challenges, such as climate change and water quality.
That is why we have developed and are implementing our new Reef 2050 Plan – a game-changing 35 year blueprint to protect and build the health and resilience of the Reef.

Our plan – Australia’s plan – has been developed in partnership with all levels of government, the community, Indigenous traditional owners, industry, civil society and the scientific community.

We have given the Reef 2050 Plan the force of National and State laws.

These unparalleled efforts have been recognized in the World Heritage Committee’s decision. Australia, the World Heritage Committee, and the international community have forged a new way to work together to preserve and enhance the Outstanding Universal Value of one of the world’s most iconic natural assets.

Together, a consensus has been formed that has balanced environmental interests with an explicit recognition of economic considerations – this is sustainable development in action. A concept that is often talked about, but seldom implemented.

This has not happened by accident. Australia is building on 40 years of Reef management along with decades of scientific research and analysis.
Along with our tough environmental laws and regulatory environment, we have the legal systems in place to support and enforce these new measures.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world, and we intend to keep it that way.


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Australian Ambassador Nicholas McCaffrey presented letters of credentials to Bolivian President, Evo Morales.

La Paz, 16 January 2015

Australian Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia, Nicholas McCaffrey, presented his letters of credentials to the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales, in a ceremony that took place on Tuesday 13 January.

President Morales was accompanied by Government Minister Jorge Pérez.

President Morales met briefly with Ambassador McCaffrey to talk about the current state of the bilateral relation.

Mr McCaffrey is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has previously served overseas at Australian missions in Manila, Buenos Aires and Madrid. He also served in Honiara with the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, and as a Ceasefire Monitor in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.

Ambassador McCaffrey presented his letter of credentials to Peruvian President Ollanta Humala in December, being now fully accredited as Australia’s representative in Peru and Bolivia.


The Hon. Julie Bishop MP

Ambassador to Peru


24 August 2014

Nicholas McCaffrey

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Nicholas McCaffrey as Australia’s next Ambassador to Peru with non-resident accreditation to Bolivia.

Mr McCaffrey is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has previously served overseas at Australian missions in Manila, Buenos Aires and Madrid. He also served in Honiara with the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, and as a Ceasefire Monitor in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.

In Canberra, Mr McCaffrey has worked in a range of roles, including in the Latin America Branch and as Director of the Department\'s Crisis Management Section.

Mr McCaffrey holds a Masters degree in Foreign Affairs and Trade and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Monash University. He speaks Spanish and is married with three children.

Australia and Peru established diplomatic relations in 1963 and today enjoy an important and expanding relationship underpinned by strong economic engagement, particularly in mining and mining equipment, technology and services. More than 65 Australian companies operate in Peru and earlier this year MMG, a Melbourne based mining company, purchased the Las Bambas copper mine for $5.8 billion.


Australia and Peru are both members of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations and cooperate in a number of regional fora, including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum and the World Trade Organisation. Australia is an observer to the Pacific Alliance of which Peru is a founding member.

People-to-people relations between Australia and Peru are being further strengthened through education and cultural engagement. In 2013 more than 1,600 Peruvian students studied in Australia and the National Gallery of Australia successfully hosted the Gold and the Incas exhibition in Canberra, drawing more than 160,000 visitors. In 2013, approximately 35,000 Australian tourists visited Peru.

Relations with Bolivia are also growing, with Australia hosting the President of the Bolivian College of Geologists during his attendance at the third Latin America Down Under mining conference in Sydney in May of this year.

Mr McCaffrey is expected to take up his appointment in September 2014 replacing Mr John ML Woods PSM. 



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Recent News and Events

Ambassador John ML Woods receives the Order of Merit for Distinguished Services by the Peruvian Government

September 2014

On 2 September, at the Torre Tagle Palace, Ambassador Woods was decorated with the Order of Merit for Distinguished Services by the Peruvian Government. He received this honor from Peruvian Vice-minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Claudio de la Puente.

Members of the diplomatic corps, the Peruvian Government, Australian business and Embassy staff attended the ceremony. In a heartfelt speech, Ambassador Woods highlighted the main successes achieved during his four year mission, heading the Australian Embassy in Peru and thanked his team, his wife Gay and all the attendees for the role they played and continue playing in promoting the relation between Australia and Peru.

Vice-Minister De la Puente, recalled his mission as Peruvian Ambassador to Australia where he was able to meet Ambassador Woods for the first time when Woods was Director of the Latin America and Canada Branch at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra; De la Puente highlighted the important achievements of Ambassador Woods during his missions in Peru and his central role in the strengthening of the bilateral relation.

Ambassador Woods ended his participation wishing the best to his successor, Nicholas McCaffrey.

For Ambassador Woods’ full speech (in Spanish), click here.

 The Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers pays tribute to Australian Ambassador to Peru John ML Woods at the end of his mission

September 2014

On 28 August, Ambassador Woods received the recognition of the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers for his four years heading the Australian Embassy in Peru and his efforts towards the strengthening of mining linkages between both countries.

The Director of the Institute, Ms Isabel Arias, gave a speech highlighting Woods’ admirable career. She presented Ambassador Woods with a commemorative medal and diploma.

Ambassador Woods had the honour and responsibility of re-opening the Australian Embassy in Lima in 2010. In these four years, the relations between both countries have been strengthened; the solid relations based on mining have expanded towards new and exciting areas such as culture, education, research and capacity building.

Even though Mr. Woods is now back in Australia, he hopes to continue contributing to the bilateral relationship and return to Peru in the future.