Australian Embassy Consular Bulletin: 18 February 2011

22 Feb 2011 10:36 PM | Anonymous
Please find below six items that may be of interest to Australians registered with the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.

1.  NSW State Election – Saturday 26 March 2011
2.   Preparing for Emergencies
3.   Emergency Assistance outside Business Hours
4.   Public Holidays
5.   Smartraveller website
6.   Contact Details

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1.        NSW STATE ELECTION - SATURDAY 26 MARCH 2011

Australians visiting or residing overseas are advised that there will be a State General Election in New South Wales on Saturday 26 March 2011.

If you are enrolled for an electorate in NSW, and you will be out of Australia on polling day, you may vote over the internet, complete a pre-poll vote in person at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo or submit a postal vote.


ENROLMENT

Enrolment for the 2011 State Election closes at 6:00pm on Monday 7 March.

Residents, and former residents, of NSW are encouraged to check their enrolment status at www.votensw.info before Monday 7 March.

Please note the Australian Embassy Tokyo cannot process an application for enrolment – you must apply directly to the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC).


VOTING WITH iVOTE

A Remote Electronic Voting System called iVote will be introduced at the NSW State Election 2011 to enable eligible electors to vote using the internet.

Voters who chose to iVote will firstly need to register as an iVoter.  You can register on the internet or by calling an iVote call centre.  Registration is available from Thursday 17 February until Wednesday 23 March.

iVoting will be available every day from Monday 14 March until 6:00pm Friday 25 March.  iVoting will not be available on election day, Saturday 26 March.

For more information on iVoting please refer to the following website: http://votensw.info/early_voting/ivote


VOTING IN PERSON

Facilities to submit a pre-poll vote in person will be available at the Australian Embassy Tokyo during business hours from Wednesday 16 March to Thursday 24 March 2011.  

Please note on Election Day, Saturday 26 March 2011, the Australian Embassy Tokyo will not be open for voting.  

Please also note that voting facilities will not be available at the Australian Consulates-General in Osaka and Fukuoka, or the Australian Consulate in Sapporo.  Australians living in these regions who wish to vote can vote via the internet or apply for a postal vote.

For more information on voting in person please refer to the following website: http://votensw.info/early_voting/pre-poll


POSTAL VOTE

Australian citizens unable to visit the Australian Embassy Tokyo in person or access iVote may cast a vote by post.  Postal votes will be processed by the NSWEC, not the Embassy.

Online Postal Voting Applications are available from Monday 28 February.  Applications from outside Australia must be received at the NSWEC by 6pm Monday, 21 March.

For more information on postal votes please refer to the following website: http://votensw.info/early_voting/postal


CONTACT DETAILS

Contact details for the NSW State Election in Tokyo are:

Consular Section
Australian Embassy Tokyo
2-1-14 Mita
Minato-Ku TOKYO 108-8361
Telephone: (03) 5232 4111
Fax: (03) 5232 4057

For further information in regard to your enrolment and voting options, please go to www.votensw.info or call the NSW Electoral Commission call centre on +61 1300 135 736 or +61 2 9290 5999 from Monday 7 February.  General enquiries can also be sent by email to enquiries@elections.nsw.gov.au.

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2.        PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES

Japan is prone to natural disasters, particularly earthquakes and in some months, typhoons and mudslides.  

Your chances of surviving a severe earthquake 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: http://consular.australia.or.jp/pdf/preparing_for_emergencies.pdf

In the event of an emergency in the Tokyo area, radio stations that will have emergency information in English include the US Armed Forces station at 810AM and InterFM (76.1FM).

In winter months snow-related accidents are common, including motor vehicle accidents, avalanches and heavy snow and ice falls from roofs.  Avalanches are common outside the marked runs in ski areas and the number of deaths among off-piste enthusiasts is increasing with the rising popularity of back country and off-piste skiing and boarding.  Snow conditions can change quickly, and veering off marked trails can be dangerous.  Australians who are considering visiting areas where it snows should make themselves aware of the potential dangers by checking websites that provide regular updates on snow conditions.

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.  

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3.        EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE OUTSIDE BUSINESS HOURS

Australian Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents who require urgent consular or passport assistance outside normal working hours can call the Australian Embassy Tokyo on 03-5232-4111 and select the menu option to be directed to the Consular Emergency Centre in Australia.

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4.        PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

The Australian Embassy Tokyo, Australian Consulates-General in Osaka and Fukuoka and the Australian Consulate in Sapporo will be closed on the following days in 2011:

Monday 14 March
Friday 22 April
Monday 25 April
Friday 6 May
Monday 13 June
Monday 18 July
Monday 15 August
Monday 19 September
Monday 10 October
Friday 23 December
Monday 26 December
Tuesday 27 December

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5.        REGISTRATION - SMARTRAVELLER WEBSITE

To keep our records up to date, please remember to notify us of any change of address, phone number, or when leaving Japan permanently.  You can update your information by emailing us at auscitzreg.tokyo@dfat.gov.au with your details (your passport number and full name, your previous address in Japan etc) to identify your data.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s travel advice on www.smartraveller.gov.au provides accurate, up-to-date information about the risks Australians might face overseas, enabling you to make well-informed decisions about whether, where and when to travel.

We recommend you visit www.smartraveller.gov.au before every trip.

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6.      CONTACT DETAILS

Australian Embassy Tokyo
2-1-14 Mita
Minato-ku
Tokyo 108-8361
Tel: 03-5232-4111
Fax: 03-5232-4057
Web: http://australia.or.jp/en/
Jurisdictions: Aichi, Akita, Aomori, Chiba, Fukui, Fukushima, Gifu, Gunma, Ibaraki, Ishikawa, Iwate, Kanagawa, Mie, Miyagi, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Shizuoka, Tochigi, Tokyo, Toyama, Yamagata, Yamanashi Prefectures

Australian Consulate-General Osaka
16F Twin 21 MID Tower
2-1-61 Shiromi, Chuo-ku
Osaka 540-6116
Tel: 06-6941-9448
Fax: 06-6920-4543
Web: http://australia.or.jp/en/consular/osaka/
Jurisdictions: Ehime, Hiroshima, Hyogo, Kagawa, Kochi, Kyoto, Nara, Okayama, Osaka, Shiga, Shimane, Tokushima, Tottori, Wakayama Prefectures

Australian Consulate-General Fukuoka
7th Floor, Tenjin Twin Building
1-6-8 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
Fukuoka 810-0001
Tel: 092-734-5055
Fax: 092-734-5058
Web: http://australia.or.jp/en/consular/fukuoka/
Jurisdictions: Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Okinawa, Saga, Yamaguchi Prefectures

Australian Consulate Sapporo
17th Floor, Sapporo Centre Building
North 5, West 6-2, Chuo-ku
Sapporo 060-0005
Tel: 011-242-4381
Fax: 011-242-4383
Web: http://australia.or.jp/en/consular/sapporo/
Jurisdictions: Hokkaido

For useful information and answers to many of your questions, please refer to the Australian Embassy Consular Section website: http://australia.or.jp/en/consular/

Yours sincerely
Consular Section
Australian Embassy Tokyo
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