from official Switzerland (Consulate General, Embassy)

and the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA)

News & Information

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Flood catastrophe in QLD and NSW

Once again Australia is experiencing a natural disaster of immense scale. The floods engulfing parts of Queensland and northern NSW have been devastating. Too many lives have been lost. Thousands of homes have been destroyed and livelihoods lost. The pain for many flood-affected people has only just begun.

The close-knit Swiss community rallied to help those in need. Leading the effort is the Swiss Community Care Society (SCCS) and the Swiss Society of QLD, together with the Consulate and the Council of the Swiss Abroad.

If you are Swiss and have been affected by the floods, or if you know of a compatriot that needs help, please reach out to the SCCS. Alternately, should you wish to donate towards the flood recovery for affected Swiss people you can make a direct bank transfer to:

ANZ Bank / BSB 012-003 / Account 8683627

Please mention SCCS / Flood Appeal and your name. For a receipt text your mailing address to 0414 736 928. A cheque can be sent to SCCS, PO Box 870, North Sydney NSW 2060.

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Life certificates:

Facilitated process

The Swiss Compensation Office is using automatic exchange of information to improve the process of checking whether pensioners are still alive. This will simplify the procedure for the majority of Swiss nationals who draw an OASI/DI (AHV/IV) pension.

The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad welcomes this simplified procedure affecting many Swiss Abroad.

Find out more here

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New Head of Mission at the Swiss Embassy in Canberra
 

On 9 February 2022, Her Excellency Mrs Caroline Bichet-Anthamatten has presented her letter of credence to His Excellency, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and is now officially accredited as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Switzerland to Australia. Ambassador Bichet-Anthamatten is also the first woman holding this position.
 

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Swiss Post e-voting to operate from 2023

The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad, SwissCommunity, is pleased with the outcome of the first audit of the Swiss Post e-voting system. Initial results of audit reports now confirm the system’s quality.

The launch of e-voting is scheduled for 2023. SwissCommunity welcomes the rapid initiation of e-voting, as Swiss Abroad have been calling for it for several years.

Find out more here