Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement Negotiations Launched
Australian Prime Minister, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for Trade, The Hon Steven Ciobo MP and European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on 18 June launched negotiations for an Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA). As a bloc, the EU is Australia's second largest trading partner, third largest export destination, and second largest services market. The EU was Australia's largest source of foreign investment in 2017. Australia is seeking an ambitious and comprehensive trade agreement. The first round of negotiations was held in Brussels in early July.
The EU’S General Data Protection Regulation
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation came into force on 25 May. Australian businesses should consider whether the GDPR applies to them and ensure they comply with this new regulation. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has published guidance for Australian businesses on complying with the GDPR and the Australian Privacy Principles.
2018/19 Work and Holiday visa program
The new program year for Work and Holiday visa applications commenced on 1 July 2018 for Luxembourgers. We are pleased to announce that the Department of Home Affairs is moving to mandatory online lodgement for Work and Holiday visa applications on 17 November 2018. This will make it faster and easier for you to lodge a Work and Holiday visa application for Australia. For more information on applying and updated application charges, please see: http://germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/Visas_and_Migration.html
For Belgians wanting to apply for a Working Holiday visa, please see https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/417-.