Australian Embassy Bulletin on Consular Matters

30 Aug 2009 8:10 PM | Deleted user


1.  Changes to Exemption Rules for Foreign Employment Income.

In the 2009-10 Federal Budget, the government announced changes to the exemption rules for foreign employment income derived by Australian residents.  The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website has information concerning these changes at

If you would like more information about the legislation behind these changes please refer to the Treasurer’s 2009 media release at:

If you would like more information about these changes and how they will affect the calculation of your tax please contact the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on +61-2-6216-1111 during business hours of 0830-1645, Monday to Friday (AEST).

2.  Preparing for Emergencies

Japan is prone to natural disasters, particularly earthquakes and in some months typhoons and mudslides.  The Australian Government, through its consular officers, endeavours to assist Australians in emergency situations.  This does not, however, diminish the obligation of citizens to prepare for their own welfare.  The Embassy and Consulates are not evacuation centres and are not equipped to serve as refuges for significant numbers of Australians.  

Your chances of surviving a severe earthquake (or other natural disaster) are enhanced if you make necessary preparations, including assembling an emergency kit to help you through the first days until Japanese Government assistance becomes available.  For more information and suggestions about the contents of emergency kits, please refer to:

Prepare now:
1.        Read an earthquake information booklet - these are available from your local
ward office
2.        Assemble an earthquake emergency kit (see list of recommended inclusions in the link above)
3.        Know the location of your closest evacuation centre
4.        Learn how to shut off the gas and electricity
5.        Make sure that furniture items are secure
6.        Register your contact details with the Australian Embassy or Consulates
7.        Photocopy passports and other important documents. Store copies away from home (eg. at work)
8.        Learn how to contact the police, fire and rescue services in Japanese. Be able to provide your address in Japanese.

If a tremor strikes:
1.        Immediately turn off any heat sources that could cause fires
2.        Check your immediate surroundings for fire, gas leaks, broken glass and other hazards
3.        Take cover under a sturdy table or in a doorway and away from glass
4.        If possible, open an external door to secure a means of escape after the earthquake
5.        Don’t rush outside as falling roof tiles, glass and downed electrical wires can cause injury
6.        If in a public area follow instructions from officials
7.        Monitor the radio - radio stations in the Tokyo area that will have emergency information in English include the US Armed Forces station at 810AM and InterFM (76.1FM)
8.        If driving, pull over to the left - keep the road clear for emergency vehicles
9.        Call your family in Australia and ask them to let others know about your welfare.

Australian Embassy Tokyo
2-1-14 Mita Minato-ku
Tokyo 108-8361



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