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VISIT OF THE SERBIAN WRITER VLADIMIR PISTALO IN SYDNEY

On Friday 20/04/2018, the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with Jelena Kis, editor of the internet magazine “Australiana Serba”, hosted a literary evening featuring literary works of the great Serbian author Vladimir Pistalo, who is visiting Australia over a two week period, under the sponsorship of the Cultural club “Njegos” from Melbourne. 

During the literary evening, which was opened by the host CG B. Radosevic, literary works: “The sun of this day – letter to Andric” which is the latest novel by the stated writer, and “Tesla, portrait among the masks” a novel which received the “NIN” in 2008, were presented. A panel discussion before an audience of 50 literary fans followed, opened by writer and doctor, Dr. Petar Pjesivac and artists/poet Nebojsa Simic, respected members of the Serbian and Montenegro community in Melbourne, who introduced the prominent author and his works.

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CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION PRESENTED TO MR. MILOVAN KARAJCIC

In the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Sydney, a Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Mr. Milovan Karajcic, distinguished member of the Serbian Diaspora in Australia, for his ongoing assistance and support to this Consulate General.


COMPETITION FOR CO-FINANCING PROJECTS

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Directorate for Cooperation with the Diaspora and the Serbs in the region, announces the Competition for Partially Financing projects that contribute with its merits to preserving and strengthening of connections between the homeland and the diaspora and the homeland and Serbs in the region which will opend from 12th to 30th March 2018.

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SERBIAN FLAG RAISING CEREMONY AT THE BAY SIDE (ROCKDALE) COUNCIL

Flag raising ceremony marking the Serbian National Day, which has now become a tradition, took place for the tenth year in a row at the Bay Side (Rockdale) Council, on 13/02/2018.

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6th SERBIAN FESTIVAL SYDNEY

The sixth annual Serbian Festival, which was once again attended by thousands of Serbs, guests and visitors, was held on the 10th and 11th February 2018, at the heart of Australia’s largest city. This is the largest public display of Serbian tradition and culture in the southern hemisphere.

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17th ANNUAL SERBIAN FILM FESTIVAL

The 17th Serbian Film Festival in Australia was officially opened on 27 November 2017, in the "Hoyts Entertainment Moore Park" in Sydney with the presentation of the movie "Out of the Woods“ by director Marko Kostic. At the Festival, which will be held this year from 24 November until 10 December, across Australia (Sydney, Canbera, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Frimantle-Perth), five of the latest film achievements of the Serbian cinematography will be screened:

1. OUT OF THE WOODS (КОЗЈЕ УШИ) – director Marko Kostić;

2. REQUIEM FOR MRS J. (РЕКВИЈЕМ ЗА ГОСПОЂУ Ј.) – director Bojan Vuletić;

3. SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE (САНТА МАРИА ДЕЛА САЛУТЕ) – director Zdravko Šotra;

4. TRAIN DRIVERS DIARY (ДНЕВНИК МАШИНОВОЂЕ) – director Miloš Radović;

5. HERD (СТАДО) – director Nikola Kojo;

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SOLEMN ACADEMY ON THE OCCASION OF THE 170TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PUBLICATION OF “THE MOUNTAIN WREATH” WRITTEN BY PETAR II PETROVIC NYEGOSH

The 170th anniversary of the publication of the "Mountain Wreath", written by Petar II Petrović Njegoš, was marked with a Solemn Academy at the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Sydney on Thursday, 12 October, 2017, in cooperation with the Montenegrin Cultural & Arts Society ”Nyegosh” Sydney.

Members of CAS "Nyegosh", in front of 70 guests, presented the work and life of this poet and philosopher and his importance for the Serbian and Montenegrin people. Verses from his epic poem "Mountain Wreath" were recited. They reminded on the reign of this spiritual leader of Montenegro in the 19th century, who promoted the liberation and unification of all Serbs.

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NIKOLA TESLA EXHIBITION IN SYDNEY

On Tuesday, 25 July 2017, the Gala Opening Reception of the Exhibition of the Nikola Tesla Museum from Belgrade “Unlimited Mind’ was held at the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. The Exhibition was previously held in Perth “Tesla EXPO 2017” from 1st – 16th July and attended by HE Mr Miroljub Petrovic, Serbian Ambassador to Australia

The Exhibition, held for the first time in Sydney, was organized in collaboration with the Nikola Tesla Museum from Belgrade, members of the Nikola Tesla Srpski Society, the UNSW hosts, sponsored, especially by “Air Serbia” and “Etihad”, with assistance of the representatives of the Serbian Missions in Canberra and Sydney.

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NSW FEDERATION OF COMMUNITY LANGUAGE SCHOOLS ANNUAL DINNER 2017

Upper row: Dragana Milanovic, Vesna Knezevic, prof. Slobodan Zivkovic, Father Sasa Colic, Milica Kozlina and Vladeta Teofilovic. Bottom row: Manuela and Dragan Mitrovic, Consul Branislav Grbic, Prime Minister of NSW The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, Andrijana Drpa and Petar Kozlina.

On Saturday, 20 May, 2017, an Annual Dinner ceremony was held in Sydney, organized by the NSW Federation of Community Language Schools.

This event is held annually as a tradition to support the Australian policy of nurturing multiculturalism and to encourage the representatives of all ethnic communities in NSW to contribute, support and attract as many students as possible to attend evening classes in their native languages, as well as to nurture and preserve their Cultural heritage and identity.

The ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of NSW, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, as well as the Hon. Raymond Williams, Minister for Multiculturalism, and the Hon. Victor Dominello, Minister for Finance. In addition to the aforementioned members of the NSW Government, MPs of the NSW Parliament, members of the Sydney Consular Corps, representatives of the Federation and members of ethnic and religious communities attended the event.

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REGISTERING IN MILITARY RECORDS

Registering youngsters who will turn 18 this year in the military records has begun during January this year. A general request for registration in the military records has been made to youngsters born in 1999 and older, who have not been registered in the military records yet for some reason, to come to the centres of the Ministry of Defence in their towns and fulfil that legal obligation. One should bring ID card or in case they do not have it, some other public document which can serve as proof of identity. The general request for registration in the military records will last until the end of February. After that, individual requests will be delivered to the ones who have not responded to the general request.
Recruits who reside in
Australia and New Zealand should exercise their right and fulfil the legal obligation in the Embassy in Canberra or Consulate General in Sydney.

LINK ON THE INVITATION


THE AUSTRALIAN LICENSING AUTHORITIES HAVE AGREED TO GRANT SERBIA "EXPERIENCED DRIVE RECOGNITION" STATUS AS FROM THE 1. FEBRUARY 2017

The Australian licensing authorities - Austroads - officially have agreed to grant Serbia "Experienced Driver Recognition" status from the First February 2017. "Experienced Driver Recognition" status provides that an applicant from the Republic of Serbia who is applying for an Australian drivers licence is exempt from undertaking the practical driving test and theory tests for the authorisation to drive C (car) or R (motorcycle) class vehicles only.

Furthermore the applicant:

·        must be 25 year or older,
·        meets class eligibility requirements (age and tenure) for relevant vehicle classes,
·        provides adequate proof of identity, and
·        meets residency requirements.

If the driver is under 25 years of age and comes from an Experienced Driver recognised county they are required to undertake all the necessary testing requirements.


NATIONAL DAY OF SERBIA RECEPTION

On Wednesday, 15 February, 2017, a reception was held at the Consulate General the Republic of Serbia in Sydney marking the National Day of the Republic of Serbia.

In honor of the National Day eminent guests were invited from public and political life of New South Wales (NSW) and Australia, representatives of foreign diplomatic and consular missions, as well as prominent members of the Serbian community.

Highlights of the reception was the presence of The Hon. David Clarke, member of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of NSW representing the Premier of NSW  Gladys Berejiklian, as well as Very Rev. Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Miodrag Peric, representing His Grace The Right Reverend Bishop Siluan, Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The invitations were accepted by numerous heads of foreign missions, representatives of friendly communities, local authorities and the Police of NSW. Serbian community was represented by prominent businessmen, presidents of clubs and the media, doctors, professors, athletes and musicians with whom the Consulate General has a long-standing relationship and acquaintance.

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FLAG RAISING OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AT SYDNEY'S COUNCIL BAY SIDE

In honor of the celebration of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia in the Sydney’s Suburb Bay Side (former Rockdale), on 13 February, 2017, at a ceremony, traditionally for the ninth time, the flag of the Republic of Serbia was raised.

On behalf of the mayor of Bay Side, Mr Miodrag Pesic, President of the Association of the Serbian-Australian Association "Sretenje", addressed the gathered members of the Serbian and Greek Community and welcomed the distinguished guests. He pointed out that "Rockdale is the only place in the world where, accept the Serbian Missions, as well as in Serbia, the flag of the Republic of Serbia is being raised for its Statehood Day".

The assembled citizens were addressed by H.E. Consul General of the Republic Serbia in Sydney Mr. Branko Radosevic, thanking the host, also mentioning, among other things, that "he is proud to be here present in the honor of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia raising flag ceremony."

The ceremonial meeting was attended by the following distinguished guests: Branislav Grbic, Consul; Stavros Kirimis, Consul General of Greece; Stephen Kamper, member of the Legislative Assembly of NSW for Rockdale; Nemanja Mrdjenovic, Serbian priest representing Bishop Siluan of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church; Dragan Milovanovic, Serbian Diaspora delegate and president of the Serbian Cultural Club "St Sava", as well as other officials of the Bay Side Council and citizens of Rockdale with members of the Serbian and other ethnic communities.

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V SERBIAN FESTIVAL IN SYDNEY

Popularly known as "the largest Serbian festival in the southern hemisphere," for the fifth time the Serbian Festival was held, on 4 and 5 February, 2017, at one of the busiest tourist sites of Sydney, Darling Harbour and Tumbalong Park, organized by the Serbian Orthodox Youth Association, under the auspices of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand Serbian Orthodox Church and numerous sponsors. Every year the Serbian festival brings together many distinguished guests and Serbian diaspora. This event, which is a blend of culture, tradition and identity of the Serbian people in this region, has enormous potential for the presentation of Serbia to the widest audience in Sydney, as well as many foreign tourists who visit this site. The two-day festival attracted a large number of visitors (estimation of 50 thousand) who enjoyed the songs, dance and culinary specialties.

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Information on the forthcoming Presidential elections in the Republic of Serbia

Please see information details on the forthcoming Presidential elections, on 2 April 2017, in Serbian language, Latin and Cyrillic versions. 


INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF REAL ESTATE SALES SERVICES - THE SALE OF DIPLOMATIC REAL ESTATE IN NEW YORK (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), TOKYO (JAPAN), BONN (GERMANY) AND BERNE (SWITZERLAND)

Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Slovenia, and the Republic of Serbia – as the sole Successor States to the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (hereinafter “the SFRY”) – and the co-owners of diplomatic and consular property of the SFRY, as the previous title owner, hereby issue an invitation to tender for the provision of the service of brokering the sale of the following immovable property:

a) Permanent Mission of the SFRY to the UN, New York, USA (854 Fifth Avenue, N.Y. 10065); 

b) Residence of the Permanent Representative of the SFRY to the UN, New York,USA (730 Park Avenue, N.Y. 10021); 

c) Embassy and residence of the SFRY in Tokyo, Japan (7-24, 4-chome, Kitashinagawa Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo); 

d) Embassy of the SFRY in Bonn, Germany (Schlossallee 5, 5300 Bonn 2); 

e) Embassy and residence of the SFRY in Berne, Switzerland (Seminarstrasse 5, 3006 Bern). 

FULL TEXT PDF - INVITATION TO TENDER HERE

FULL TEXT PDF - FORM - TENDER BOND (GUARANTEE) HERE 

FULL TEXT PDF - FORM - PERFORMANCE BOND (GUARANTEE) HERE

FULL TEXT PDF - FORM - TENDERER INFORMATION SHEET HERE

 


ENTHRONEMENT OF BISHOP SILUAN, NEWLY CONSECRATED BISHOP OF THE METROPOLITANATE OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

The enthronement of the new Bishop of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand Serbian Orthodox Church, took place at the St George Cathedral in Cabramatta, Sydney, on Saturday, 22 October 2016. His Grace Bishop Siluan Mrakic was enthroned as the new Bishop of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand.

The Divine Liturgy was led by the new Bishop Siluan, who was assisted in service by His Grace Bishop Longin of the New Gracanica and Midwestern American Diocese, His Grace Apollonian Bishop Serafim (local Archdiocese Vicar of the Constantinople Patriarchate), His Grace Bishop George of Canberra (vicar of the local eparchy of the Russian church abroad), numerous priests from Serbian and Russian churches, including the Moscow Patriarchate jurisdiction in Australia, as well as guests from Serbia and the Republic of Serpska.

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16th SERBIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN AUSTRALIA

The 16th Serbian Film Festival in Australia was officially opened with the screening of the film "A Stinking Fairytale", by director Miroslav Momcilovic, on Friday 21/10/2016 at the "Cinema Paris FOX Studio" in Sydney. The Festival will be held across Australia (Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth) from 21/10/2016 to 8/11/2016, showcasing four of the most recent films of Serbian cinema, including: A Stinking Fairytale - Miroslav Momcilovic; Humidity – Nikola Ljuca; Double Trouble - Rados Bajic and The Black Pin - Ivan Marinovic. After the opening speech by the host Director Milica Kozlina, and introduction of this year’s special guest, the lead actor in the film "Humidity" Milos Timotijević, the Consul General Mr. Branko Radosevic who is one of the founding members of the Festival, addressed the attendees with his speech.

This year, the Festival opening night guests enjoyed the performance of the mixed choir "Jedinstvo" from Banja Luka. Over the past 16 years, the festival has provided the Australian audiences, as well as the Serbian Diaspora on the "fifth continent", with an insight into the creative side of a rich Serbian culture.

Photos and media reports from this year's Festival are available through the following link https://www.facebook.com/serbfilmfest/.



PROMOTION OF THE BOOK "HISTOGRAPHY OF THE HOLOCAUST OF YUGOSLAVIA", AUTHOR BISHOP JOVAN OF SLAVONIA

On 29/09/2016, the Consul Branislav Grbic attended the promotion of the book "Historiography of the Holocaust in Yugoslavia", published in English language, at the Jewish Museum in Sydney. The book’s author is Bishop Jovan Culibrk of Slavonia

Bishop of Slavonia arrived in Australia on 25/09/2016, where he will be staying for two and a half weeks and visiting Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. His arrival was preceded by the sacred liturgy in Jasenovac and preparation of the relics of martyrs of Jasenovac, which were handed over to the temples of St. John the Baptist in Wollongong and St. George in Cabramatta, Sydney, this month. It is expected that Bishop Jovan visits the monastery of the Russian Church in Bombali, where he will hold a seminar with the Serbian youth, and in Sydney in the church of St. Knez Lazar, where he will talk about the relationship between the two martyr nations - the Jews and the Serbs. After Sydney, he will continue his visit to Melbourne and other cities.


RECEPTION IN HONOUR OF HIS HOLINESS THE SERBIAN PATRIARCH IRINEJ

 

On Thursday, 10 March 2016, the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Sydney in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Canberra, hosted a reception in honour of the official visit of the highest officials of the Serbian Orthodox Church, headed by His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej, who was accompanied by His Eminence Amphilochius, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Irinej, Bishop of Australia and New Zealand.

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Information on the forthcoming elections in the Republic of Serbia

Please see information details on the forthcoming elections in Serbian language, Latin and Cyrillic versions.


Open competition for cultural projects

Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia has announced an open competition for financing or co-financing of projects in the field of cultural activities of Serbs abroad in 2016. 

Open competition and the details regarding participation can be found through the following link www.kultura.gov.rs. Deadline for the competition applications is March 28, 2016. 

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RECEPTION ON THE OCCASION OF THE SERBIAN STATEHOOD DAY

On 16/02/2016, the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Sydney celebrated the Serbian Statehood Day, 15th February and the 50 year anniversary of diplomatic relations with Australia. To mark the occasion, in attendance were many eminent personalities from both the public and political arena of NSW and Australia, representatives of other consular posts and missions, as well as members of the Serbian community.

Particular acknowledgment goes to Mr. Miroljub Petrovic, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Australia, His Grace the Right Reverend Irinej, Bishop of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand, Shayne Mallard MP representing The Premier of NSW the Hon Mike Baird and the Minister for Multiculturism the Hon John Ajaka MLC. 

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FLAG RAISING OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AT SYDNEY'S COUNCIL ROCKDALE

On 12/02/2016, the flag of the Republic of Serbia was raised for the eighth year in a row at the Rockdale Council, in celebration of the Statehood Day, which has now become a tradition.

The Australian multicultural policy and organizations established for that purpose, allow ethnic communities a possibility to engage and affirm themselves within a society. An example of this is Sydney’s big municipality of Rockdale. Initiated by the National Association “Sretenje” led by Miodrag Pesic, an eminent member of the Serbian community, the Serbian flag has been raised in front of the Rockdale City Council every year since 2009, in celebration of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia, which is an ongoing incentive for harmonious relations, closeness and tolerance among people from many nations who live in Sydney.

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4. SERBIAN FESTIVAL IN SYDNEY

The fourth annual Serbian Festival was held on the 6th and 7th February 2016, at one of Sydney’s main tourist destinations Darling Harbor, Tumbalong Park, organized by the Serbian Orthodox Youth Association (SOYA) from Sydney, sponsored by the Serbian Orthodox Church Metropolitante of Australia and New Zealand and many other sponsors.

Commonly referred to as “the Biggest Serbian Festival in the southern hemisphere” this year’s festival again brought together many distinguished guests and the Serbian Diaspora. This event, which combines culture, tradition and identity of Serbian people in this region, has enormous potential to showcase Serbia to the largest audience in Sydney. According to the Darling Harbor statistical information, there were more than 50,000 visitors at this year’s two day festival. The Festival’s cultural and entertainment program included performances by many folkloric groups, singers and musicians, all with a common goal to promote Serbia in Australia. At the display and food stands, visitors could purchase arts and crafts, books, souvenirs, national costumes or simply observe displays and read about the Serbian faith and national traditions. Like last year, visitors this year were able to enjoy burek and barbecue culinary specialties with Serbian wine, beer and rakija.

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PROMOTION OF THE SERBIAN RUGBY LEAGUE NATIONAL TEAM

The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia held a reception on 02/02/2016, in honor of the Serbian Rugby League Team, sponsorеd by Air Serbia.

The second gathering at the Consulate General, under the familiar slogan „Serbs in Australia – let’s stand together for the Rugby League World Cup in 2017!“, as well as the anticipated two week visit of the Serbian Rugby players in Australia, caused great interest among the diaspora and media. Rugby players were greated with the presence of His Grace The Right Reverend Irinej, Bishop of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand, as well as Dane Kondic, General Manager of Air Serbia who has travelled from Serbia especially for this occasion. Many distinguished members of the Serbian community, clubs and associations, media representatives, members of the Australian Rugby Union, representatives of “Etihad” and other businesses, accepted the invitation of Air Serbia and the Consulate General. Our players were joined by Australian-based Serbian Rugby players, as well some “legends’ of this sport of Serbia origin, such as Lou Zivanovic and Dragan Djurdjevic.

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Why Kosovo is ineligible for membership in UNESCO?

• Because the request for its membership is a serious breach of the international law, the Constitution of UNESCO' The legally binding UN Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) and the Charter of the UN whose Article 25 says that "The Members of the UN agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council in accordance with the present Charter". 

• Because according to the UN Security Council resolution 1244, which reaffirms the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (now Serbia), Kosovo and Metohija is an integral part of the Republic of Serbia, under the administration oBf the UN. Since Kosovo cannot be considered a State, it does not fulfill the basic requirement for membership set out by the UNESCO Constitution.

• Because unilateral attempts such as this one seriously harm and disrupt the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, under the auspices of the European Union in which mutually acceptable solutions for many complex issues  have been devised so far. The issue of the Serbian cultural heritage and the property of the Serbia Orthodox Church has not yet been discussed within the dialogue where it belongs.

• Because this is an unacceptable politicization of UNESCO which should not overtake the competences of the UN. Security Council as the highest authority for the preservation of the international peace and security. UNESCO should not serve as an instrument for the affirmation of an illegal and unilaterally declared independence of a part of the territory of one UN member state. The primary goal of UNESCO is to promote universal values of humanity through education, science and culture not to make political decisions with regard to the statehood.

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15th ANNUAL SERBIAN FILM FESTIVAL

We are pleased to announce that the 15th Annual Serbian Film Festival has been held in several locations across Australia, commencing in Sydney on the 29th October till 22nd November 2015. As in previous years, this year we had the chance to see the best annual achievements of Serbian cinematography. The films that have been shown this year across Australia are:

 

 

1) Enclave (Енклава) – Goran Radovanović;
2) The man who defended Gavrilo Princip (Бранио сам Младу Босну) – Srdjan Koljević;
3) Next to me (Поред мене) – Stevan Filipović;
4) For King and Homeland (За краља и отаџбину) – Radoš Bajić;
5) Stairless (Без степеника) – Petar Šumonja;
6) The sky above us (Небо изнад нас) – Marinus Groothof;
7) We will be world champions (Бићемо прваци света) – Darko Bajić;
8) Destination Serbistan (Дестинација Сербистан) – Želimir Žilnik.

This year's special guest is Goran Radovanović, director of the film Enclave.
All information about the stated movies, including screening times, purchasing and reservation of tickets, can be located on the Serbian Film Festival official website:
http://www.serbianfilmfestival.org.au  https://www.facebook.com/serbfilmfest


SOCIAL SECURITY AGREEMENT DRAFTED

During the negotiations between Serbian and Australian Authorities, held in Canberra from 22 to 25 September 2015, the content of the draft social security agreement was considered in detail and final draft agreed to and initialled by the delegation leaders.
The Social Security Agreement between Serbia and Australia includes provisions concerning pension and disability insurance.
For the purpose of establishing eligibility, clauses within the agreement allow beneficiaries from both countries to combine qualifying periods (i.e. periods of insurance and residency) completed on the territories of both contracting parties, if needed. There are also clauses that allow for payment of benefits in the territory of the other Contracting Party in a convertible currency, then determination of application of legislation, as well as temporary secondment of workers in the second contracting state. Clauses relating to secondment of workers to the second contracting state, allow exemption from being subject to the legislation of the country in which the person is sent, thus avoiding payment of contributions in both countries at the same time.
As per procedure, there are a number of administrative arrangements pending, including preparation of supporting documents, signing of the agreement, followed by ratification and implementation of the agreement, on which the Embassy will inform the public in a timely manner.
The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Australia takes this opportunity to express their sincere gratitude to members of the Serbian community in Australia who have supported as well as assisted with travel and accommodation arrangements for the Serbian delegation, in order to progress the negotiations on the Social Security Agreement.


PRESENTATION OF THE RUGBY 13 FEDERATION OF SERBIAN IN SYDNEY

On 16 March, 2015, a reception was held at the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Sydney, with a presentation from the Rugby 13 Federation of Serbia (R13FS), organised by Mr. Blagoje Stoiljkovic, representative of R13FS, who arrived in Australia to establish contact with the Serbian diaspora, as well as players of Serbian origin, and to promote the Serbian Rugby team participation in the upcoming qualification for Rugby World Cup which will be held in Australia in 2017.
Presentation titled „Serbs in Australia – let's stand together for the Rugby League World Cup 2017!“ raised a lot of interest among the Serbian diaspora.
Among the guests who responded to the invitation were representatives from the Australian Rugby League, SPC, Air Serbia, presidents of Serbian clubs and associations, prominent representatives of the Serbian diaspora, Serbian media, SOYA, many players of Serbian heritage, current and former, as well as their parents who have previously played for the Serbian representation, and potential future players who submitted their expressions of interest, so that they could „fulfill their dreams and play wearing the Serbian jersey“.
The quality of players of Serbian heritage, huge support from their family and friends and all those with Serbia in their hearts, represent a positive energy and a huge motivation for the Serbian team in qualifying for the upcoming Rugy League world cup 2017 in Australia.
For further information, all interested rugby players can contact the Serbian Consulate or Mr. Blagoje Stoiljkovic, representative of Rugby 13 Federation of Serbia, directly on blagoje.stoiljkovic@ragbiliga.rs.
Column of the weekly newspaper "Serbian voice" on the above mentioned event can be seen HERE.

 


SERBIA’S MEN’S YOUTH NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM IS PARTICIPATING AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, NEW ZEALAND, 30 MAY – 20 JUNE 2015

Serbia’s national soccer team in the age group up to 20 years old have succeeded to qualify for the first time amongst 24 best world selections and will compete at the World Championship in New Zealand from 30th May till 20th June 2015. The group stage of the competition will be held from 31st May till 6th June in Dunedin, the student centre of New Zealand and it’s most southern city.
In the organization of FIFA, the final draw was held on 10th February in Auckland and Serbia has been assigned in Group D, together with the teams of Uruguay, Mexico and one African team, which will soon be known after the end of the African Cup.
From year 1977 since this competition is first being held, Argentine has won six titles, Brazil five, Portugal two, and the Serbian soccer spectators of course wish for the replay of the World Championship in Chile in 1987 when the then team of Yugoslavia’s young players has won the title by winning in the finals against Western Germany’s team.
Our team’s preparations will be conducted in Auckland, in the period from 21st till 27th May, after what the team will travel to Dunedin, and Serbia will play the first match of the group stage of the competition against Uruguay on 31st May, beginning at 4.00 pm. The next match Serbia will play against the African representative on 3rd June at 7.00 pm, and the last game will be against the Mexican team on 6th June at 4.00 pm.
The eighth-finals are scheduled for 10th and 11th June, quarter-finals for 14th June, and semi-finals match will be held in Auckland on 17th June, as well as the final match on 20th June.
Diplomatic missions of the Republic of Serbia in Australia calls upon all the interested organizations and individuals in the Serbian community in New Zealand and Australia to support the best young Serbian football players and through attendance at the matches give them the additional strength to fight for the best possible placement.


The ceremony of raising the flag of Republic of Serbia on the pole in front of the Municipality of Rockdale for National Day of Republic of Serbia

     Rockdale City Council, 12/02/2015, the flag of the Republic of Serbia was raised for the seventh time in celebration of the Serbian National Day. The Serbian flag raising ceremony in front of the Council Chambers has become part of this council's tradition. It represents the acknowledgement and appreciation of the local authoroties, of the contribution made by the Serbian people who live and work in this area, in supporting Australian multiculturalism as well as their continuous efforts toward harmonious relations and tolerance between all the nations that live in Sydney.

Video recording of this event can be seen on: RTS http://vimeo.com/119432871 and the local MIS TV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-NEOJ48uAY.

 

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Photo: Radivoj Mackovic


Serbian Festival in Sydney

  On 7th and 8th of February this year, the third Serbian festival was held in central Sydney's main tourist location, Darling Harbour. The festival was organised by the Serbian Orthodox Youth Association (SOYA) in Sydney, with support of the Australia and New Zealand Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church and many sponsors.This year, the festival best known as "the biggest Serbian festival in the southern hemisphere", brought together many distinguished guests and members of the Serbian Diaspora.

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"Air Serbia" delegation visit to Sydney

  Serbian national airline carrier "Air Serbia" delegation consisting of: Dane Kondic CEO, Maja Gedosev PR, Biljana Savic pilot, and Arsen Rudan, media relations officer - visited Australia during the period 04-09/2/2015. The delegation was accompanied by Stevan Sipka, VP Asia Pacific based in Sydney. The main aim of the visit was to promote "Air Serbia" in Australia, which included numerous completed promotional activities.

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Photo: Radivoj Mackovic


OPEN CALLS FOR FINANCING PROJECTS IN THE FIELD OF CULTURE - BY 31 MARCH 2015

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia announces open calls for financing or co-financing projects in the field of cultural activities of the Serbs abroad in 2015. The deadline for submitting applications along with the competition documentation is 31 March 2015. More details on the terms and conditions may be down-loaded from:
http://www.kultura.gov.rs/cyr/konkursi/k-o-n-k-u-r-s-za-finansiranje-ili-sufinansiranje-projekata-u-oblasti-kulturnih-delatnosti-srba-u-inostranstvu-u-2015--godini

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia announces a public invitation for participation in The Competition for the Project of Translation of Representative Serbian Literary Works Abroad in the Year 2015. The purpose of this Competition is to provide financial support for the translation of Serbian literary works and literary works by national minorities from the Republic of Serbia, published by domestic professional publishing houses, into foreign languages abroad. The deadline for submitting applications along with the competition documentation is 31 March 2015. More details on the terms and conditions may be down-loaded from:
http://www.kultura.gov.rs/lat/konkursi/k-o-n-k-u-r-s-za-sufinansiranje-projekata-u-oblasti-prevodjenja-reprezentativnih-dela-srpske-knjizevnosti-u-inostranstvu-u-2015--godini


DEDICATED BANK ACCOUNT WITH THE COMMONWEALTH BANK, FOR DONATIONS IN AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS

FLOOD VICTIM ACCOUNT OF THE EMBASSY at the Commonwealth Bank:

Account type: Society Cheque Account
BSB: 062-902
Account number: 1031 3302
Account title:  EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA IN AUSTRALIA – FLOOD VICTIM ACCOUNT
Open date: 19/05/2014     

BALANCE OF THE ACCOUNT:
Wednesday, 18 February 2015, at 11:00 - 52.83 AUD.
Having in mind transfer of 160,000.00 AUD from 5 June, transfer of 120.000,00 AUD from 4 July and transfer of 99,100.00 AUD from 17 October to the account of the Government of Serbia, the total sum of funds collected thus far, is 379,152.83 AUD as a result of 607 transactions.

ALL LISTS OF TRANSFERS CAN BE VIEWED HERE.
ALL LISTS OF TRANSACTIONS CAN BE VIEWED HERE.


Humanitarian Concert ``Singing for Serbia`` - 17 July 2014
The Opera and recording stars Soprano Penny Pavlakis, Mezzo Soprano Milijana Nikolic, Tenor Rosario La Spina and Baritone Michael Lewis join their formidable talents in aid of their fellow brothers and sisters in Serbia after the catastrophic floods. 

The event has being held at the State of the Art Concourse Theater in Chatswood and the program was one to savor with Arias, Duets and Trios and quartettes from Tosca, Turandot, Carmen, The Magic Flute, Adrianna Le Couvrere, Rigoletto as well as Italian, Greek and Serbian songs by these truly world class artists. At the piano was Opera Australia's amazing Frances Greep. (Photo Gallery)


THE MARCH POGROM, 17-18 March 2004

THE MARCH POGROM, 17-18 March 2004 - Film "CRIME WITHOUT PUNISHMENT" (Link)

 

With the arrival of international forces and the establishment of institutions of international administration in the southern Serbian province on June 10, 1999, the problem of Kosovo-Metohija has not been solved. In the past ten years, the remaining Kosovo Serbs and other non-Albanian ethnic communities have been forced from their homes while at the same time suffering the destruction of the property, graves and cultural heritage (churches and monasteries) that are symbols of the centuries-old presence of the Serbian people in this territory.

The violence spurred by ethnic Albanian extremists and ethnic cleansing of the Serb population on March 17 and 18, 2004, have shown once again that the existing provincial institutions, as well as the institutions of the international administration in Kosovo-Metohija, have failed to complete their mission and have not secured a real functioning and existence of a multi-cultural society in the province.


Serbian Diaspora Beauty Contest was held in Bonnyrigg Sports Centre, 22 February 2014.

Serbian Diaspora Beauty Contest was held in Bonnyrigg Sports Centre, 22 February 2014.
Members of the jury led by the Serbian Consul have selected Miss Suzana Milutinovic to carry the crown of the Serbian Miss Diaspora. The co-presenter of the spectacle was Milica Vuklis, official contestant for Serbia at the Miss World 2014 to be held in October in London.   

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The Serbian Statehood Celebration was continued at the Serbian Festival in Darling Harbour 15-16th of February 2014.

The Serbian Statehood Celebration was continued at the Serbian Festival in Darling Harbour 15-16th of February 2014.

(More photos in Photo Gallery)


Reception on the occasion of the Serbian Statehood Day held at the Consulate-General of the Republic of Serbia

Reception on the occasion of the Serbian Statehood Day held at the Consulate-General of the Republic of Serbia-Sydney on Thrusday, 14th of February 2014.

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The ceremony of raising the flag of Republic of Serbia on the pole in front of the Municipality of Rockdale for National Day of Republic of Serbia, 13.02.2014.

This year’s Serbian Statehood Celebration has started on 13th of February by Flag Rising Ceremony in the City of Rockdale, traditionally organized by the Serbian-Australian Association “Sretenje”, Mayor of the City of Rockdale and Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia-Sydney.    

The happening included playing the Australian and Serbian hymns and raising of the Serbian Flag followed by the speeches of the Mayor of the City of Rockdale, Mr Shane O’Brian, Hon. Shaquet Muselmane MLC and Deputy Consul General, Mrs Jasmina Pekmezovic. After the exchanging of gifts between the representatives of the Local Council and the Consulate and the performance of the  “St Lazarus” Folkloric dance group a cocktail reception at the Local Council was organized. 

(More photos in Photo Gallery)


Information on the forthcoming elections in Serbia

Please see information details on the forthcoming elections in Serbian language, Latin and Cyrillic versions.


Service for assistance

The Office of Diaspora and Serbs in the region have established service for assistance in the process of obtaining quick answers to questions of Diaspora Serbs in the region, regarding state authorities (identity documents, citizenship status issues, property issues, supplementary schools and other educational issues).

Questions may be lodged, electronically via website: www.dijaspora.gov.rs; or telephone: (+381 11 937 3202); and in person: Vasina 20, Belgrade; Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 16:00.
 


Distant education

Faculty of Philology University of Belgrade is delighted to announce that registration for Course of Serbian language (beginner level) is now open!
This course is taught online and it lasts 12 weeks. All details and further information can be found at http://learnserbian.fil.bg.ac.rs/.
Registration will be open until 10th February 2014.


The visit of the delegation of the Red Cross of Serbia in Australia

President of the Red Cross of Serbia, Prof.. Dragan Radovanovic and his associates participated in the annual meeting of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Sydney from 11-18 November 2013.

In coordination with the representative of the Australian Parliament in the Diaspora, Mr Dragan Milovanovic, on November 14th a meeting was held at Bonnyrigg Sports Centre, which was attended by representatives of the largest Serbian organizations and the Serbian Orthodox Church. Respondents to the meeting were presidents of SC Bonnyrigg, Serbian National Defence, Serbian club "Saint Sava" from Hoxton Park, Serbian Orthodox Youth ("SOYA"), the church "St. George" from Cabramatta, the meeting was followed by the newspaper reporter from" News" and Consul Jasmina Pekmezovic.

Representatives of the Red Cross of Serbia presented the programs of our oldest and most respected humanitarian organizations, with special emphasis on the recovery program in their children resort in Baosici, Montenegro.  
This program is designed for children from the Serbian enclaves in Kosovo and Metohia, pupils that walk long distance to school, socially handicapped and orphans, providing them with the opportunity of 10 days free holiday at beach resort under supervision of volunteer tutors.  Resort "Krista Djordjevic", according to the president of RCS, although, it has opportunities to receive three hundred youngsters during the season, due to lack of finance it functions with one-third capacity. The cost of a 10-day stay per child amounts to 270.00 Euros, with the help of donations from our emigrants this number could increase and provide an unforgettable vacation to a large number of children from Serbia whose parents do not have the ability to provide for them. For those who wish to send their donations to the Red Cross of Serbia, details may be obtain  here or Contact the Red Cross of Serbia http://www.redcross.org.rs


Competition is open for financing or co-financing projects in the field of international cooperation for year 2014

Competition is open for financing or co-financing projects in the field of international cooperation for  year 2014 - Project is for translation of representative works of Serbian literature in a foreign language and cultural activities of Serbs abroad. The bid and other information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Culture and Information (www.kultura.gov.rs). For any further information regarding the competition please contact: Mr Mladen Veskovic by email: mladen.veskovic@kultura.gov.rs or by telephone: + 381 11 3398 - 026  or Мs Ivanа Ivanov by email: ivana.ivanov@kultura.gov.rs or by telephone: + 11 381 2927 -815.

 


Professional practice at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia has issued a Regulation on implementation of professional practice in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which came into force 06.12.2013.

Interested candidates, who meet the requirements, may apply at the Serbian Embassy in Canberra or Serbian Consulate General in Sydney (application form).

 


The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia - Sydney officially marked 200th anniversary of the birth of Petar Petrovich Nyegosh.
The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia - Sydney officially marked 200th anniversary of the birth of Petar Petrovich Nyegosh.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMayD5LA_68&noredirect=1
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DAYS OF SERBIAN CULTURE

We proudly announce that "Days of Serbian Culture" will be held in Australia, under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia-Sydney, organized by "U-neXt", Centre for Serbian diaspora and Historical Museum of Serbia, from 05 - 15 September 2013. 

All information and brochure can be found HERE.


 


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VISIT OF THE SERBIAN WRITER VLADIMIR PISTALO IN SYDNEY
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION PRESENTED TO MR. MILOVAN KARAJCIC
COMPETITION FOR CO-FINANCING PROJECTS
SERBIAN FLAG RAISING CEREMONY AT THE BAY SIDE (ROCKDALE) COUNCIL
6th SERBIAN FESTIVAL SYDNEY
17th ANNUAL SERBIAN FILM FESTIVAL
SOLEMN ACADEMY ON THE OCCASION OF THE 170TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PUBLICATION OF “THE MOUNTAIN WREATH” WRITTEN BY PETAR II PETROVIC NYEGOSH
NIKOLA TESLA EXHIBITION IN SYDNEY
NSW FEDERATION OF COMMUNITY LANGUAGE SCHOOLS ANNUAL DINNER 2017
REGISTERING IN MILITARY RECORDS
THE AUSTRALIAN LICENSING AUTHORITIES HAVE AGREED TO GRANT SERBIA "EXPERIENCED DRIVE RECOGNITION" STATUS AS FROM THE 1. FEBRUARY 2017
NATIONAL DAY OF SERBIA RECEPTION
FLAG RAISING OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AT SYDNEY'S COUNCIL BAY SIDE
V SERBIAN FESTIVAL IN SYDNEY
Information on the forthcoming Presidential elections in the Republic of Serbia
INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF REAL ESTATE SALES SERVICES - THE SALE OF DIPLOMATIC REAL ESTATE IN NEW YORK (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), TOKYO (JAPAN), BONN (GERMANY) AND BERNE (SWITZERLAND)
ENTHRONEMENT OF BISHOP SILUAN, NEWLY CONSECRATED BISHOP OF THE METROPOLITANATE OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
16th SERBIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN AUSTRALIA
PROMOTION OF THE BOOK "HISTOGRAPHY OF THE HOLOCAUST OF YUGOSLAVIA", AUTHOR BISHOP JOVAN OF SLAVONIA
RECEPTION IN HONOUR OF HIS HOLINESS THE SERBIAN PATRIARCH IRINEJ
Information on the forthcoming elections in the Republic of Serbia
Open competition for cultural projects
RECEPTION ON THE OCCASION OF THE SERBIAN STATEHOOD DAY
FLAG RAISING OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AT SYDNEY'S COUNCIL ROCKDALE
4. SERBIAN FESTIVAL IN SYDNEY
PROMOTION OF THE SERBIAN RUGBY LEAGUE NATIONAL TEAM
Why Kosovo is ineligible for membership in UNESCO?
15th ANNUAL SERBIAN FILM FESTIVAL
SOCIAL SECURITY AGREEMENT DRAFTED
PRESENTATION OF THE RUGBY 13 FEDERATION OF SERBIAN IN SYDNEY
SERBIA’S MEN’S YOUTH NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM IS PARTICIPATING AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, NEW ZEALAND, 30 MAY – 20 JUNE 2015
The ceremony of raising the flag of Republic of Serbia on the pole in front of the Municipality of Rockdale for National Day of Republic of Serbia
Serbian Festival in Sydney
"Air Serbia" delegation visit to Sydney
OPEN CALLS FOR FINANCING PROJECTS IN THE FIELD OF CULTURE - BY 31 MARCH 2015
DEDICATED BANK ACCOUNT WITH THE COMMONWEALTH BANK, FOR DONATIONS IN AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS
Humanitarian Concert ``Singing for Serbia`` - 17 July 2014
THE MARCH POGROM, 17-18 March 2004
Serbian Diaspora Beauty Contest was held in Bonnyrigg Sports Centre, 22 February 2014.
The Serbian Statehood Celebration was continued at the Serbian Festival in Darling Harbour 15-16th of February 2014.
Reception on the occasion of the Serbian Statehood Day held at the Consulate-General of the Republic of Serbia
The ceremony of raising the flag of Republic of Serbia on the pole in front of the Municipality of Rockdale for National Day of Republic of Serbia, 13.02.2014.
Information on the forthcoming elections in Serbia
Service for assistance
Distant education
The visit of the delegation of the Red Cross of Serbia in Australia
Competition is open for financing or co-financing projects in the field of international cooperation for year 2014
Professional practice at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia - Sydney officially marked 200th anniversary of the birth of Petar Petrovich Nyegosh.
DAYS OF SERBIAN CULTURE
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