As part of efforts to improve the protection of Indonesian citizerns in Australia, the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra launched a short video about consular assistance on Friday, 25 March 2011, which took place at the Kartini Hall of the Embassy. The official launching ceremony was held at 1.30pm attended by Embassy staff and officials from various related Australian agencies such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD), the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP), and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
The Ambassador officially launched this 2-minute 20-second video by clicking on the Bantuan Kekonsuleran WNI di Australia icon on the Embassy’s website symbolizing the official uploading of that video and making it widely available on the internet. In his remarks, the Ambassador described the video as an innovative step in the effort to provide protection for Indonesian nationals in Australia, specifically in their rights to receive consular access and services as prescribed in the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and as a follow-up to the Arrangement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia on Consular and Notification Assistance which was signed during the visit of the Indonesian President to Australia on the 10th of March 2010.
With the widespread availability of this video, it is hoped that Indonesian nationals dealing with the law in Australia now have an informative and interactive source to seek legal aid and assistance. In close cooperation with the related agencies in Australia, this video can now be seen by Indonesian nationals detained in Australian immigration detention centres and correctional centres, through the Indonesian Embassy website http://www.kemlu.go.id/canberra and even on the Facebook page “konsulercanberra”.
Canberra, 25 March 2011