In May 2017, the Australian Border Force’s largest patrol vessel, Ocean Shield, conducted official visits to ports in Sri Lanka and India for the first time. Australian Border Force crew shared knowledge and conducted operational activities with the Sri Lankan Navy and the Indian Coast Guard.

The Commander of Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders, Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Osborne explained why these visits are important.

“People smuggling is a global problem. By working together with our international partners, we will defeat these criminals and help save people’s lives,” he said.

Air Vice-Marshal Osborne said effective international cooperation and information sharing has enhanced Australia’s ability to stop people smuggling boats.

“Earlier this year Australia intercepted a people smuggling boat carrying 25 Sri Lankan nationals. In cooperation with Sri Lankan authorities, all 25 people on that vessel were returned to Sri Lanka.”

It has now been more than 1000 days since the last people smuggling boat reached Australian shores, and more than three years since the last known death at sea because of people smuggling.

Despite the progress that Australia and our international partners have made in the fight against people smuggling, smugglers across our region continue trying to convince vulnerable people to hand over their money and attempt to travel to Australia illegally by boat.

Air Vice-Marshal Osborne is encouraging Sri Lankan-Australian community members to tell their relatives overseas not to risk their lives and waste their money by attempting to come illegally to Australia.

“Trying to reach Australia illegally by boat is dangerous and pointless. Any people smuggling boat that tries to reach Australia will be stopped and turned back. The illegal pathway to Australia is closed, and it will remain closed.”

For more information visit www.osb.border.gov.au

Communications Minister Fifield today confirmed that the Australian Government will be shutting down free to air community television as of 30 June 2017.

One Love Melbourne to Sri Lanka Group managed to collect $10,000 for Sri Lanka, sent funds and destributed goods with in 2 weeks.!!

Special thank you to our on-site team led by Buddhika Weerasinghe & Mahesh Wickramasinghe and Bulathsinhala Divisional Secretariat.

One Love Melbourne to Sri Lanka Group has sent detail transactions, reciepts, pictures.

Images of Sri Lankan Australians: Immigration Museum

Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00 Written by

A photographic display celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Sri Lanka. highlighting the achievements and contributions of some significant figures within the diverse and vibrant Australian-Sri Lankan community. 

Sri Lanka named Asia's leading destination 2017

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 00:00 Written by

Adventure-seekers and intrepid globetrotters looking to blaze new trails in Southeast Asia will want to consider adding Sri Lanka to their travel bucket list, after the country claimed the title of leading destination and leading adventure tourism destination for Asia over the weekend.

Heavily armed police have been called to a plane at Melbourne's Tullamarine airport after a man who claimed to have a bomb tried to enter the cockpit of the Malaysia Airlines flight.

As aid groups brace for a dengue fever outbreak among flood survivors in Sri Lanka, Australia will chip in $500,000 for emergency assistance.

SriLankan Airlines has announced it will operate a non-stop service out of Melbourne Airport from 29 October 2017.

The new route will carry passengers between Melbourne and Colombo on an Airbus330-200 aircraft.

Flood and Landslide Disaster relief Appeal - 2017

Sunday, 28 May 2017 00:00 Written by

[media release] As you are aware adverse weather conditions affecting 230, 571 individuals of 56, 529 families in 14 districts of Sri Lanka. As of 1600 hrs of 27 May 2017, 100 deaths have been reported and 91 individuals declared missing.

 President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for Australia on a state visit today.

Regulations are likely to be relaxed in the issue of visas to Sri Lankans currently holding foreign citizenship, investors, students and others, a Cabinet Minister said.  

මෙල්බන් දන්සැල්

Saturday, 06 May 2017 00:00 Written by

 

EXCLUSIVE | SriLankan Airlines will begin flying between Melbourne and Colombo towards the end of this year, marking the airline's long-awaited return to Australian skies. 

Australia will make it more difficult to gain citizenship in a major overhaul of its migration process.

Aspiring citizens will undergo tougher tests on their English language skills and ability to demonstrate “Australian values”, PM Malcolm Turnbull said.

Applicants must also have completed four years as a permanent resident – three years longer than at present.

The move comes two days after Australia unveiled stricter visa requirements for skilled workers from overseas.

Premier Turnbull said the changes would ensure that migrants were better integrated into the community.

“It is important that they understand that they are making a commitment to our Australian values,” he said.

What are the changes?

In explaining what constituted “Australian values”, PM Turnbull said migrants must demonstrate support for religious freedom and gender equality.

“Respect for women and children … that is a key Australian value,” he said, adding domestic violence would not be tolerated.

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced he is scrapping the controversial 457 visa program for skilled migrants as part of a bid to tackle unemployment.

PE PLUS started promoting the business in Australia

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 00:00 Written by

Leading industrial and household products supplier in Sri Lanka,  PE PLUS (PRIVATE) LIMITED started promoting there business in Australia. 

Sri Lanka, endorsed as a destination of choice for Information Technology and Business Process Management/Outsourcing by Global Consultancy Firms such as Gartner, ATKEARNEY and Tholons has grown from strength to strength during he past few years.

Investor Forum for Sri Lankans living in Australia

Friday, 24 March 2017 00:00 Written by

The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), in collaboration with the Sri Lankan High Commission in Australia, conducted an investment promotion campaign for Sri Lankans living in Australia.

Organized by Aus-Lanka Business Council for the CSE.

Here some picture highlights of the event.

Media Coverage by AusNewsLanka.com

500 million households globally set to watch broadcast of world’s second most popular sport

Sri Lanka Investor Forum, Melbourne

Monday, 06 March 2017 00:00 Written by

Sri Lanka Investor Forum - 23rd March 2017 at Melbourne

Once again “Most Liveable City “ in the world to host another one of the worlds best events, here in Melbourne…. Australian international Air Show 2017.

Sri Lankan Star suspended after Sunday's Miracle

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 00:00 Written by

Opening batsman cops two-match ban for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during second T20I against Australia

Gunaratne 84* caps stunning series win for Sri Lanka

Monday, 20 February 2017 00:00 Written by

Sri Lanka 8 for 176 (Gunaratne 84*, Tye 3-37) beat Australia 173 (Henriques 56, Klinger 43, Kulasekara 4-31) 2 wickets

Sri Lanka wins off last ball in MCG Twenty20

Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00 Written by

Chamara Kapugedera's last-ball boundary has given Sri Lanka a five-wicket win over Australia in their opening Twenty20 clash at the MCG

The Sri Lankan prime minister has urged his nationals held in Australian-run immigration detention centres to come home, saying his country is healing.

Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremasinghe will undertake an official visit to Australia from 13-17 February at the invitation of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Operation Sovereign Borders welcomes new Commander

Thursday, 09 February 2017 00:00 Written by

Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Osborne, the new Commander of Operation Sovereign Borders.

Lasith Malinga picked for T20Is in Australia

Thursday, 09 February 2017 00:00 Written by

Dinesh Chandimal, who led Sri Lanka in the last of the T20Is in South Africa, has been dropped from the squad for the three T20Is in Australia, while a clutch of players stage a comeback to the side. The most notable of these is Lasith Malinga who has now recovered from injury.

Melbourne News - Aus Vs. SL T20 Series Event

Thursday, 09 February 2017 00:00 Written by

Interview on upcoming Sri Lanka tour of Australia in February and about the Gala Dinner on 18 February in Melbourne.

Tickets : AusNewsLanka.com | AusLankaTickets.com for Gala Dinner

Table Bookings Call - Johann 0412 273 928 | Mano 0452 544 951 | Lasitha 0400 830 611

Angelo Mathews' hamstring injury will keep him out of the forthcoming T20 series in Australia, Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed. A stand-in captain is expected to be named on Tuesday, when the selectors decide on the squad.

Media Release - SLC Function in Melbourne.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Opening batsman Aaron Finch will lead Australia in the absence of regular captain Steve Smith in next month's three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka, the country's cricket board said on Tuesday.

TRAILSL AUSTRALIA CHARITY WALKATHON

Monday, 30 January 2017 00:00 Written by

Sunday 5th February 2017 @7.30am at Paramatta Park

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka’s government will grant residence permits of up to five years to foreigners investing a minimum of $300,000 in the country, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake announced Thursday.

Best alternatives to Bali for 2017

Thursday, 05 January 2017 00:00 Written by

If Bali is not your thing and you’re longing for a destination without the crowds but still a great price, Expedia has unearthed nine international holiday spots that still offer long beaches, cocktails by the pool and great value-for-money.

Sri Lanka Consulate General Office, Melbourne invites the Celebrations to commemorate the 69th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka

Happy New Year

Friday, 30 December 2016 00:00 Written by

Team Aus New Lanka wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all those who trusted us and joined in this journey.

Looking forward to a fabulous new year with a great event line-up and exciting new offerings.

  May Peace, Happiness and Prosperity be yours during this holiday season and throughout the New Year!

Channel 31 Gets A Stay of Execution

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:00 Written by

The station just received notice from the Federal Minister for the Arts that its broadcast licence has been extended.

The Sri Lankan girls from Victoria received a warm welcome at the Parliament on the invitation of the Speaker few days ago. 

Sri Lanka Consulate General Office, Melbourne has introduced a New Appointment System. 

AusNewsLanka.com interview with Major General Andrew Bottrell, Commander of the Joint Agency Task Force OSB about legal and illegal ways of coming to Australia.

Sri Lanka Festival 2016 draws unprecedented crowds in Canberra

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 00:00 Written by

Canberra community came in large numbers to savour a bit of Sri Lanka at the Sri Lanka Festival organised by the High Commission on Saturday 12th November in the High Commission premises.

Australia’s borders are stronger than ever

Monday, 14 November 2016 00:00 Written by

Australia’s borders are stronger than ever

"Share The Dream" Workshop for Muthuhara Melbourne Children

Thursday, 27 October 2016 00:00 Written by

Organised by the 2514 Muthuhara Melbourne, “Share The Dream” youth workshop was successfully held on 23rd at the Notting Hill neighbourhood house, Notting Hill.

More than 800 days of no illegal boat arrivals to Australia

B2B Match Making & Networking Session in Melbourne.

Brisbane Property Investment Showcase in Melbourne

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 00:00 Written by

Dwellings Group has organised this excellent event in showcasing two of the finest apartment complexes in Brisbane, for property investors in Melbourne. 

Operation Sovereign Borders - Media Release

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 00:00 Written by

Australia’s strong border protection policies save lives

Blooming Spring

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:00 Written by

Spring Events in Melbourne

Sign Up for Free Treatments offered by Sahanro Ayurvedic Welness Centre

Next Generation Bank Note Program

Media Release - Database of Sri Lankan Associations

Friday, 26 August 2016 00:00 Written by

Sri Lanka Consulate General Office, Melbourne is in the process of updating the database of Sri Lankan Organisations in Victoria and requesting all organisations to provide the details mentioned in the attached letter. 

Media Relesae - Sri Lanka Festival - 2016

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:00 Written by

Organised by the Sri Lanka High Commission Canberra from 11.00am to 6.30 pm on Saturday 12th November 2016

Geelong set to host T20 international

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 00:00 Written by

Australia to take on Sri Lanka as CA announces T20 fixtures for 2016-17 summer

A discovery tour of a lifetime!

Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower is one of the best meteor showers of the year. This regular meteor shower is actually around for more than a month but peaks on July 28 and 29.

Former Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera is working with some Australia Test players ahead of their tour to Sri Lanka, in his brief consulting stint at Australia's National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.

Winter Events

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00 Written by

No season is a lazy season when you know what to do. Christmas in July is a popular theme for most winter events in Melbourne. There are many events and festivals that you can enjoy this winter. We picked up some popular events and festivals that may cheer you up.

Sri Lankan government to allow foreigners to buy land

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:00 Written by

The government is gearing to introduce amendments to existing land laws within three to four weeks, in a major push to liberalize Sri Lanka’s land laws allowing foreigners to buy land, Mirror Business learns.

Aus News Lanka - Winter 2016 is out! [Read ONLINE]

Sunday, 19 June 2016 00:00 Written by

Winter issue of Aus News Lanka magazine is out and distributed across Melbourne suburbs. Interstate delivery will be next week  

Poson festival is celebrated in Melbourne at various Buddhist Temples and the activities include Dhamma Sermons, Sil Programs for both Adults and Children, Special Poojas, Displaying of Vesak Pandols and Lanterns and Food Fairs. 

Sri Lanka Flood Relief Australia

Monday, 23 May 2016 00:00 Written by

A group of volunteers in Melbourne joined their hands together to help the most in need for flood victims in Sri Lanka. 

Help Flood Victims in Sri Lanka

Friday, 20 May 2016 00:00 Written by

A Group of Sri Lankans in Melbourne called "Help Flood Victims in Sri Lanka" has initiated a campaign in providing assistance to those who are affected from the devastating floods.

Media Relese - Immediate Disaster Relief

Friday, 20 May 2016 00:00 Written by

The Government of Sri Lanka wishes to receive cash donations in the form of assistance from Sri Lankan expatriates since it would be economical and to purchase most of the urgent relief items in Sri Lanka and provide them to the needy in a faster manner.

Vesak festival is celebrated in Melbourne at various Buddhist Temples and the activities include Dhamma Sermons, Sil Programs for both Adults and Children, Special Poojas, Displaying of Vesak Pandols and Lanterns and Food Fairs. 

Study Melbourne Student Centre

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00 Written by

The Study Melbourne Student Centre (SMSC) is a ‘one stop shop’ where international students in Victoria and their families can access free and confidential information and support.

Sri Lanka is taking part at international sport events held in other countries for both medal prospects and experience. These events are held very frequently in different regions for selected sports disciplines. 

Western Australia New Year Celebrations 2016

Friday, 29 April 2016 00:00 Written by

Sri Lankan Cultural Society in Western Australia Celebrated the Sinhala and Hindu New Year Festival

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Sri Lanka Tourism Road Show 2016

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 00:00 Written by

Sri Lanka Tourism has announced a series of industry roadshows to take place in May.

Queensland New Year Celebrations 2016

Friday, 22 April 2016 00:00 Written by

Sinhala Association of QLD celebrated the Sinhala and Hindu New Year Festival

The People - Photographic Exhibition

Monday, 18 April 2016 00:00 Written by

A photographic exhibition by two very creative Sri Lankan photographers - Athula Ranaraja and Dinesh Ayantha.

A Mystical Journey Captured

Saturday, 16 April 2016 00:00 Written by

Armed with his camera and collection of one-inch-to-the-mile maps, Cecil Perera has traversed 50,000 km across Sri Lanka to photograph his homeland in all its glory.

At the invitation of the Government of Australia Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs is undertaking an official visit to Australia from 04 to 06 April 2016. As part of this official visit the Hon. Minister visited Victoria on 04 April 2016. 

Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals surged 22.8 percent in March 2016, from a year earlier, with India surging ahead of China, and key Western European generating markets growing 30 to 40 percent.

RACV Victorian Burglary Statistics

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 00:00 Written by

RACV's analysis of the 2014/15 Victorian crime statistics has been released.

Victoria Police - Police Custody Officer Campaign

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 00:00 Written by

VICTORIA POLICE - Police Custody Officer Campaign

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC Re: Dual Citizenship Applications of Sri Lanka, by Consulate General Office, Melbourne.

Sri Lanka's Minister of Internal Affairs S. B. Navinna on Tuesday clarified that the government will not suspend awarding of dual citizenship as it plans to encourage its citizens living abroad to return to the country and contribute to development.

Aus News Lanka Magazine - Autumn 2016

Sunday, 14 February 2016 00:00 Written by

A former Sri Lankan test cricketer will not be able to play in a grand final with an outer-suburban Melbourne cricket club following a Supreme Court decision after a suspension.

THE PEARLFISHERS

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:00 Written by

Set in colonial Ceylon, Bizet’s romantic opera of golden sands, colourful silks and soul-stirring duets is being reimagined in this brand new Opera Australia production, directed by Michael Gow.

New Zealanders who arrived after 26 February 2001, but on or before 19 February 2016, have been living in Australia for the last five years, have been earning at least $53,900 and pass mandatory health, character and security checks are eligible for a new streamlined pathway to Australian permanent residency and citizenship.

Lets make Pineapple Fried Rice! COOK with DON - Australia

Thursday, 11 February 2016 00:00 Written by

Lets make Pineapple Fried Rice! COOK with DON - Australia

The Sri Lankan government plans to grant dual citizenship to nearly 10,000 expatriates, Minister of Internal Affairs S.B. Nawinna said.

The Wedding Show in Melbourne

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 00:00 Written by

Legal - Tips and Updates

Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00 Written by

Legal - Tips and Updates article from AusNewsLanka Magazine

Sri Lankan Airlines gained worldwide recognition for its pioneering efforts in environmental conservation when the prestigious Business Traveller magazine ranked it second among airlines in the Asia and Asia-Pacific region for having the lowest carbon footprint. 

180

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 00:00 Written by

180 - Sports Roundup article from AusNewsLanka Magazine

BATTLE OF SAINTS - Quadrangular 2016

Friday, 22 January 2016 00:00 Written by

QUADRANGULAR 2016, its the Battle of Saints and Family fun day for all the fellow old boys and their loved once represent four catholic leading schools in Sri Lanka. St Peters College , St Joseph College, St Anthony's College and St Benedict's College are the four main schools have come forward to participate in the long standing traditional "Quadrangular" in  2016. 

Give a super start to your SUPER

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 00:00 Written by

How important is to save more on your super early.

 

Sri Lanka among must see places for 2016

Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00 Written by

Memorable Sri Lankan Events in Australia 2015

Thursday, 31 December 2015 00:00 Written by

We had a memorable 2015 in Australia. 

It's been a month of frenzied shopping, let the four-day festive weekend begin.

Christmas Day falls on a Friday this year, meaning Boxing Day's traditional public holiday has been moved to Monday, December 28.

This means restricted trading hours for many businesses. 

AusNewsLanka Printed Magazine has been launched

Monday, 21 December 2015 00:00 Written by

We are delighted to announce that the first issue of Aus News Lanka printed magazine is now available in Australia. 

Sri Lanka Maintains High rank in Human Development Index

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 00:00 Written by

Sri Lanka has maintained its rank in the 'high human development category' at 73rd place according to Human Development Report 2015 released on Monday (14) in Ethiopian Capital of Adis Ababa by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Sri Lanka computer literacy at 27-pct in 1H 2015

Sunday, 13 December 2015 00:00 Written by

Sri Lanka’s computer literacy for the first half of 2015 is 26.8 percent compared to 25.1 percent reported in 2014, the Department of Census and Statistics said.

How is cricket breaking poverty in Sri Lanka?

Friday, 04 December 2015 00:00 Written by

NSW Blues and Sydney Sixers cricketer Ryan Carters will use his star power again this year, raising money to help educate disadvantaged women in Sri Lanka. Since Carters pioneered the ‘Batting for Change’ campaign three years ago more than $138,000 has been raised to help those in need around the world.

Nipuni Wijewickrema is a 22-year-old Canberran making a difference, one flower at a time.

Melbourne’s 321 suburbs ranked for liveability

Saturday, 07 November 2015 00:00 Written by

What makes a suburb liveable? For some, being close to the coast. For others, great cafes. But a ranking of all Melbourne’s suburbs across 16 key indicators has given us this list. Some suburbs have dramatically improved their rank from the 2011 study because of the introduction of new criteria, such as telecommunications coverage – vital in 2015 – and changes in the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ suburb boundaries.

Uptake of free bowel testing among the lowest in Hume

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 00:00 Written by

HUME residents are putting themselves at greater risk of bowel cancer with less than one third of those aged 50 to 65 using free screening kits mailed to their home.

Mysterious space junk set to land near Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 00:00 Written by

Mysterious space junk set to land near Sri Lanka

Roshana Jalagge appointed as Consul for Sri Lanka in Western Australia

Over 13,000 dual citizenship applications received

Saturday, 17 October 2015 00:00 Written by

The Department of Immigration and Emigration (DIE) has already received about 13,300 dual citizenship applications since it was reintroduced by the present government.

Commuters travelling through Melbourne's City Loop can now text, chat and stream content over the internet as mobile coverage becomes available in the tunnels.