Posted Saturday 28th March

The fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation has seen interruptions to travel, in addition to new restrictions implemented and regular changes and updates to advice.

Further to the recent ROCA message you received from High Commissioner Mark Glauser and Consul General Angela Bogdan, the purpose of this correspondence is to provide you with relevant resources and information to support you to travel back to Canada.

Commercial flights to Canada
As you are aware, the Government of Canada has issued a Global Travel Advisory to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice, and has advised that Canadian travellers should return to Canada as soon as possible.

*Please note: Air Canada has suspended flights from Australia to Canada with the last scheduled flight to depart April 6, 2020.
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It is possible that airlines operating international flights from Australia may further extend route suspensions as the situation develops.

Dual Nationals
Australia has recently announced restrictions to international travel for Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents. If you are a Canadian/Australian citizen, this could impact your travel. Please refer to

What can I do to prepare prior to my international departure?

Monitor your Flights                                                 
We strongly advise you to closely monitor your scheduled flights (both internal and international). You can do this through the airline’s websites. Commercial flight availability could change very quickly. Should your flight be cancelled, please contact the airline directly for assistance.

Review Australian State/Territory border closures
For information about State/Territory border closures and the impact they may have on travellers, you should consult the Government of Australia website, which contains the most up to date information:

Review your travel documents
Make sure your passport is valid for at least another six months. If you need to renew it, contact our Consular Service. Keep important documents in a safe, but easy to access place.

Your safety and security outside of Canada

Arriving in Canada
We encourage you to review the entry requirements and familiarize yourself with any required self-isolation measures in place. Information is available at the following websites:

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Review Information from the Australian Government about COVID-19 in Australia
While travelling, please monitor local media and follow instructions from local authorities.

Update your travel details
Please update your travel details in Australia to allow the Government of Canada to contact you with important advice.

Review your travel insurance coverage
Travellers are encouraged to check with their insurance provider to know more about the policy related to COVID-19, and to confirm their coverage is valid until their return home.

What if my flight is cancelled?
Please contact the airline if you experience flight cancellations.

What if I have other complications in departing?
If you experience complications and are unable to depart Australia as planned, please contact the Consular team. The details are listed below.

Further information

Information and advice from the Government of Canada
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Emergency Loan Program
The Government of Canada has created a temporary financial assistance program: the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad. If you are eligible, are outside Canada and are directly impacted by COVID-19, you can apply for an emergency loan of up to $5,000 to help you return to Canada and to cover your short-term needs while you work toward returning.
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Should you require any consular services and assistance during your travels within Australia, please contact our colleagues at:

The Consulate General of Canada in Sydney
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Laurie Lynd: Staying True to His Voice

The first time Canadian Laurie Lynd recorded a film, it was done through the gaze of a Super 8. Whether you read that as an allusion to the early camera model or his approximate age at the time of filming, you’d be correct.

Now, some years later and as an award-winning director and screenwriter, Lynd is still passionately capturing stories in his hometown of Toronto.

He has worked with some of the most recognisable titles (Murdoch Mysteries, Schitt’s Creek) and personalities (Daniel MacIvor, Drake) of contemporary Canadian screen. In the world of film, each of his features and shorts are acclaimed breakthrough portrayals of queer voices; it’s a skill he brings to documentary format in his newest film, Killing Patient Zero.

The film investigates the story of Canadian man Gaëtan Dugas often referred to (incorrectly) as “Patient Zero”, unraveling the myth that he was responsible for introducing the AIDS epidemic to North America. Following its international premiere at Sydney’s Queer Screen Film Fest, Lynd spoke to Canada Down Under about why the film is much more than just an acquittal.

“I had a pretty clear idea of the story I wanted to tell. It wasn’t just the Patient Zero story. I needed to contextualize it for a contemporary audience because I think they don’t know,” Lynd explained.

“Even the simple fact that it was illegal – being gay was illegal – I wanted people to understand how recently this has all happened and that the AIDS epidemic hit not even a decade after gay liberation really was in full swing.”

For Lynd, bringing justice to Gaëtan Dugas meant remembering the gay liberation movement in North America, and the struggle for LGBTQI rights.

“One of the biggest reactions I’ve had [is that] making this film made me so angry. Angrier than I’ve been in a long time at society for doing that to gay people. And I’m angry at society today for forgetting that,” he said.

“We seem to forget our history so quickly now.”

The film, which he calls “a fairly explicit film [about] gay sexuality”, was perhaps most resonant for its powerful examination of internalized homophobia, and its different incarnations in society.

“I think it’s important to name it. We have to take away its power over us,” he said.

“That was one of the things I most wanted to talk about in the film. That was the most important thing in the film for me.”

But just as he believes it’s important to recognise and call out instances of prejudice, Lynd also celebrates the hard-fought achievements of LGBTQI activists, and the little reminders of these victories. Lynd tells us of the thrill he felt upon seeing a pride flag while driving through rural Ontario. He even stops himself mid-sentence during our conversation, remarking on a couple across the street and saying, “Look, there’s two guys holdings hands. See? We’re making progress.”

Considering the immediate success of Killing Patient Zero, Lynd’s first documentary, it would seem he has more cause for celebration. For its international premiere and second-ever screening, the response was incredible. Tickets sold out and festival organizers were forced to find a cinema with a higher seating capacity during what was already the largest edition of the festival. The documentary also received the audience choice for Best Documentary.

“This film, it’s beyond just something I want to be successful for me and for my career and for my reputation. I want it to be successful because I think its message is so important,” he explained.

“So I’m grateful to the [Canadian] Consulate for helping bring me here and meet people and see the impact of this work. Because it helps inspire you to do more, you know? It really is inspiring.”

And he shares a bit of (well-deserved) pride as well.

“I’m so grateful for the film too because I feel like it’s got me back into the queer cinema world. One person who interviewed me around the release at HotDocs [in Toronto] said, did I think this would be the film I’d be remembered for. I said, ‘I think it might be’.”

Of course, it hasn’t always been easy. Fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a filmmaker was not without its trials. Lynd himself is still learning about self-acceptance and his own internalized homophobia, something he says he has “always been battling… and probably will my whole life.”

For emerging queer filmmakers, Lynd’s advice is simple and genuine. It also begins by borrowing from one of Lynd’s own role models.

“To be very gay and quote Judy Garland, she said ‘Don’t be a second-rate version of someone else. Be a first-rate version of yourself’. And I think that’s very good advice – for anybody. But for [somebody going] into the arts, you have to be as true to yourself and your own unique voice as you possibly can be. Because that’s what makes it interesting.

“It’s easy to feel that all of the stories have been told already. […] I think that young artists just have to have faith in their own voice. That’s the most important thing they can do.”

Killing Patient Zero was screened as part of the Queer Screen Film Festival.

The Consulate General of Canada is proud to be a supporter of Queer Screen and to have helped in bringing Laurie Lynd and his film to Australia.

Photos: The Aperture Club

Canadian artists at MAT18

The Canadian delegation at the Murwillumbah Art Trail 2018 (MAT18) grew from an idea that took shape following the participation of the artist Marie-France Rose at the Baie-Saint-Paul festival Rêve d’automne in 2015 and 2017. Marie France, a Canadian sculptor and painter who has lived in Australia for several years, nurtured a relationship between the two festivals and their local artists. This year the collaboration will deepen in Australia with the presence of four artists from Quebec and the director of the Charlevoix’s festival at MAT18.


  • Elsa Boisjoly

“[MAT18] will allow me to rub shoulders with creators from far away but with roots that may not be so distant; to see our differences as well as our commonalities. For me to create is a way to recognize myself so it is a wonderful opportunity to discover the other in this identity. “

Elsa Boisjoly has been actively practicing her visual art for more than 20 years. She has taken part in many group and solo exhibitions in Québec, USA and Europe. Her art is sometime motivated by her emotional connection to the environment which can be overpowering and magnificent at times, or simply come from everyday life experiences. Her creative work is often linked to her concerns for a healthy environment and its footprint as well as her great fascination with the mysteries and manifestations of life in nature.

Acrylic is her medium of choice with an approach to using various binders, mortars and fluids, which become an intrinsic part of her work.  Elsa’s paintings are created by her perceptions and memories while using shaded colors.  She offers a reproduction of this reality, a different vision on the canvas and our perception of the image.

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  • Claude Bonneau

 “This meeting with other artists on the other side of the world will allow me to discover another culture and to discuss with them on technical and philosophical aspects.”

Autodidact painter; creative and authentic he vibes at the rhythm of his paint brushes, happy and free to express himself through his ochre, earth or orangey colors, his unique style. His work, whether it is landscape, musicians or elegant dancers swirling in a heavenly garden, becomes a way to share his passion for painting.

His style is audacious, original and inspired; you can observe a sepia line bordering the characters and objects. His paintings are alive, warm and distinctive. He does not impose himself any limits and his work is opening a window to the world.

His art gallery is comparable to a museum, it is vast and his paintings share space with antiques that are beautiful and evocative…It is there and at numerous events that you can see Claude paint. His creative energy added to the purity of his gestures allow the magic to happen and as the painting progresses the audience enters the artist universe.

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  • Martin Brisson

“For me, traveling thanks to my art is wonderful. It allows me to meet new cultures and new artists. These encounters are often rich in friendship, and [they contribute to] the development of one’s own work.”

While wielding the wealth that nature provides, Brisson continues to work thinking that art should take place in all areas of daily life. His research into the harmony of shapes and space leads to the creation of monumental works that become an integral part of the landscape and highlight the importance for the artist to make his art accessible and inclusive.

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  • Dominique Normand  

“[MAT18] is an opportunity for me to open another door on the international art scene, to present my work inspired by my Aboriginal roots and my visceral interest in the culture of the First Nations of Quebec. I want to immerse myself in local artistic expressions, learn more about the mysterious and mystical art of Aboriginal artists in Australia, and build relationships to seed future projects that encourage collaboration between Métis artists and Indigenous overseas.”

In painterly manners, Dominique translates in images the omnipresent powers that shape the world of human experience in the Canadian Northern territories. Since 2008, she has visited, lived and built strong ties with the Cree people of James Bay. The sum of these encounters and the teachings she has received constitute an everlasting reservoir of powerful inspiration for her creation. Enriched by her own experience amongst the Cree communities and land, she becomes a witness to the entwined harmony of all our relations, a spokeswoman bearing a camera, armed with a brush. Her art reveals the fascination she feels for the land and the territories that posses her. Dominique stands out for her strong visually evocative works, her holistic and sensitive vision of the worlds around her.

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  • Cathy Martin, Director of festival Rêves d’Automne

Rêves d’automne is an artistic tradition perpetuated across time in the heart of Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec. It’s a celebration of Charlevoix’s beautiful landscapes that have always inspired leading artists, and a rendezvous showcasing talent, spectacular art and emotions.

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  • Marie-France Rose

 “This year as part of MAT18 we have the privilege of hosting the Canadian artists as a new part of the Murwillumbah Art Trail gone international. We will have the pleasure to exhibit and share in our creativity, culture and collaboration. We are really happy to host the team that collaborated with us in Canada.”


Marie France Rose was born in Quebec Canada into a French Canadian family, and from early childhood developed a passion for art. She commenced studying art, theatre and dance in Montreal in the mid 70’s. After extensive world travel including South America, Asia, Middle East and Europe, she settled in Australia and continued to pursue a journey in art, completing an Advanced Diploma in Ceramic and Visual Art in 1999 and then exhibiting on the sunshine Coast, Byron Bay, Gold Coast and internationally in Dubai and Canada. Since settling in Uki NSW in 2007, Marie-France has dedicated herself to sculpture and painting from a home studio, which provides her with the time, space and motivation to continue to evolve as a mature artist.

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Canadian Artists Live Painting

→The Canadians will dazzle the public with their skills and painting

Sunday 20 May 11am – 3pm   Tweed Regional Gallery


Canadian Film Night: BLADE RUNNER 2049

→ By Canadian director Denis Villeneuve

Tuesday 22 May  7pm The Regent Cinema


The Art Battle & Bar

→ A team of local artists verse the Canadian visitors in a paint off

Friday 25 May  6pm – 10pm  Hutchisons Pop Up Gallery  


Canadian Film Arvo: BLADE RUNNER 2049

→ By Canadian director Denis Villeneuve

Sunday 27 May  3pm The Regent Cinema


Sarah Mak

Transcript: “Working Holiday = Passion (Sarah Mak)”

Video length: 2:12 minutes

Upbeat music plays throughout

The video fades in with a shot of a person looking at a city out of a window.

Sudden zoom in on this person.

Sarah Mak: Change is the only constant thing in our life.

Background changes to a busy city with cars, the go train and tall buildings.

Background changes to Sarah Mak drinking out of a cup and looking into the camera.

Sarah: I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t embraced change.

Sarah is seen laying down on a surfboard in the water, sitting on a couch, facing the camera, laughing with a laptop in her lap. There are two hands holding a clapperboard to the right of her.

Sarah: My name is Sarah Mak, and I’m the managing director of TheStoryBoxes.

Shot cut vertically into two different shots of Sarah.

Shot of Sarah in her office, where she is speaking and laughing with her colleagues.

Sarah: When I first came to Australia I was on a student visa. I swapped the snow and my skis for the sun, surf, and early morning classes. I met amazing people and had great experiences, but I thought it was all temporary – that my program would end and I’d have to leave this beautiful country.

Sarah is on a boat on the river looking at the view. She is then on a different boat on the ocean with snorkeling gear on.

Shot of Sarah walking in the street with a friend as it is snowing.

Shot of Sarah surfing.

Sarah is on her computer sitting on the grass with friends around her.

Shot of Sarah lying down on a boat in the ocean with friends.

Close up of an emu looking at the camera.

Sarah taking a picture of a city.

Shot of Sarah on a boat on the river.

Shot of a plane flying over the ocean.

Video of a kangaroo quickly crossing a road.

Sarah: Applying for a working holiday was the next logical decision. I’d fallen in love; I’d been offered a job. I had every reason to stay.

A person is typing on a laptop.

Shot of a poster of pancakes on a tree in a forest.

Sarah is sitting down on a bed with her husband and laughing as they look at the camera.

Sarah is explaining what is on a poster.

Sarah is reading a book.

Close up of Sarah’s blue name tag with someone in black in the distance.

Sarah:  Now an entrepreneur, working alongside my life-business partner as the managing director of an award-winning filmmaking studio called TheStoryBoxes.

Shot of Sarah in the forest next to a fire.

Sarah: The studio is founded on the idea that you only get out of your experience what you give, and it’s up to us to decide the path and the journey for ourselves. We have our main studio space in Brisbane and we are planning to open another studio in Canada.

Shot of a man filming on a set.

A young boy holds the camera.

Close up of words on a wall that say “The story of making a story”. Shot of a camera.

Sarah is smiling in front of a funny quote on a wall. It says: “Ikigai: a reason for being the thing that gets you up in the morning”.

Sarah walks into the University of Waterloo.

Shot of the inside of a studio with a film light that a man is inspecting.

Sarah: My world exists in both Australia and Canada and I couldn’t imagine a better way of strengthening the connection between the two countries than through my passion for storytelling.

Sarah is in the city taking photos.

Shot cuts vertically into two panels. The left panel shows shots of Australia. The right panel shows shots of the Toronto skyline.

Sarah is holding a clipboard outside and talking to children.

She is in an airport talking on the phone and smiling.

Sarah: More young Canadians should do a working holiday. Initiatives like International Experience Canada exist for exactly that reason – to give young Canadians the opportunity to work through their uncertainties, to travel, and to stay curious about the world.

Shot of a busy road with the CN Tower ahead in Toronto, Canada.

Sarah and a man are working together in an office.

Sarah is walking in the streets with two friends. She is then on the train with her child.

Shot of a busy city intersection.

Sarah is smiling at the camera, she then is gone from the shot and there is a building behind a park with the words “You’ve changed” written on it. Shot of Sarah swimming in the ocean with snorkelling equipment.

Sarah:  And if they feel like they’re lost, there’s a global community of Canadians who can offer their support. I had a great network of other Canadians in Australia and we’d always take the time to meet up and share our stories.

Scene changes to a close up of a coffee next to a box of mini doughnuts.

Sarah is walking in a park towards the camera.

Shot of a tram passing by at an intersection in Toronto followed by a shot of Sarah eating in a restaurant with her husband. The shot is cut vertically into two panels. Sarah is on the left eating with a spoon and her husband is eating on the right with chopsticks.

Sarah is on a boat on the ocean lying down next to four friends.

Sarah: I’m proud to call myself a global citizen; travelling, working, and sharing a little bit of Canada with the rest of the world.

A man and Sarah are shown. The man is filming something off screen.

Shot of Sarah standing and laughing in an office with a man sitting down next to her.

Sarah is carrying her baby in a park and waves hello to an emu.

Shot cut vertically into two separate panels. The panel on the left shows someone spreading vegemite on toast. The right panel shows somebody pouring maple syrup on pancakes.

Shot cut vertically into two different shots of Sarah, one she is indoors and the other outdoors. In both she is smiling and looking at the camera

Shot fades to a white background. The ‘International Experience Canada” logo appears on the white background. The logo fades out and is then replaced by the “Canada” logo, which is replaced by

Aurora Jane

Transcript: “Working Holiday = Collaboration (Aurora Jane)”

Video Length 2:04 minutes

Medium pace music with pronounced bass line plays throughout. Video starts with a woman (Aurora Jane) walking past a painted red, yellow, and green wall with striped hearts and geometrical patterns.

Aurora Jane: I have a very clear purpose in life that involves working together, creating community, and looking at reconciliation and how it can move forward positively together.

A rear shot of Jane walking down a concrete beach pathway covered with graffiti. To her left can be seen a portion of sand from the beach. To her right and above the pathway lies a parking lot filled with white utility vans. In the background are faintly distinguished beachside residences as well as scattered beachgoers.

Jane, standing with her arms crossed, in front of a white wall covered by a large circular painting composed of small circles. The colours, on one side, are predominantly blue; whereas they are yellow and orange on the other.

Close up of Jane speaking to the camera is shown with the beach behind her in the distance.

Jane: My name is Jane, I’m also known as “Aurora Jane””. I’m an agent for the Canadian band “Digging Roots” and I’m also a musician myself in a band called “Aurora Jane”.

Jane is shown leaning on a hand-rail directly next to the beach. Apartment buildings are in the background.

Jane is standing sideways with her arms crossed in front of a circular wall painting composed of circles.

Jane talking to the camera again.

Scene changes to a shot of Jane and her band playing a concert on stage.

Jane: I grew up in regional Victoria in a town called Ballarat and I didn’t have much of a relationship with indigenous culture until I was about 21 when I was lucky enough to work for “Music Outback” foundation and travel to remote communities to deliver music programs.

Jane talking to the camera again.

Shot of the black, red and yellow Australian Aboriginal flag.

Jane is shown leaning on a hand-rail directly next to the beach. Apartment buildings are in the background.

Jane talking to the camera.

Jane: The working holiday experience happened for me around 2010 and that was fantastic because it really allowed me a diverse amount of experiences and in Canada I’ve been lucky enough to meet many Indigenous people.

Rear shot of a band playing in front of a crowd of people at an outdoor concert.

Back to close-up of Jane talking to the camera with the beach in the background.

Background changes to an Indigenous celebration in Canada, where the people, wearing colourful traditional Indigenous clothing, are dancing along to some drumming.

Jane: There I’ve made some of the most important connections in my life, including meeting “Digging Roots”, which is a First Nation’s Canadian band. Raven and Shoshona though have become my family in a very short period of time and that evolved into me becoming the agent and visa sponsor for “Digging Roots” in Australia.

Back to close-up of Jane talking to the camera.

Scene changes to a stage where members of the band “Digging Roots” are playing live music.

Back to close-up of Jane talking to the camera.

Jane: I live in Melbourne but I’m spending nearly 50% of my time in North America. Travelling both through L.A. and into Canada with some pretty exciting new prospects.

Shots of Jane and Digging Roots in a music studio recording music.

Back to close-up of Jane talking (briefly).

Jane: I started a website called “Mojo Junction” which basically brings together the creative work, predominantly of Canadians and Australians, and it features musicians, artists, really anything that you can think of surrounding art and culture and showcases their work.

A succession of screenshots of pages from Jane’s website are shown, with the website name: “Mojo Junction”. The different screenshots are composed of a variety of small art related photographs as well as larger images of artworks such as bird sculptures and artists themselves. The subtitles of the articles presented on the pages can be seen, it says: “Homeground festival: A photo journal”, “Why Art Museums Matter, Visits to Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology, and Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario”, “ Interview Skye poison from Digging Roots. On Photography, Music & Arnhem Land”.

Back to close-up (briefly)

Jane: I also run “Arrival Sounds” which is a sync agency dealing with Canadian and Australian bands and that’s all come about from collaborations between Canadians and Australians.

A shot of the logo of Aurora Jane’s sync agency “Arrival Sounds” appears. The image is predominantly grey with cloud like formations in the top half of the page. Under the logo, text reads: “CREATIVE LICENSING/SYNC AGENCY/MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA”.

Back to close up of Jane talking to the camera.

Jane: International Experience Canada has allowed me many opportunities in both my personal life and also within my career.

Jane is standing in front of a white wall with a painting of a group of circular shapes in light shades of blue and orange.

A view of the beach and small breaking waves can be seen, as well as Jane leaning on the hand-rail near the sand.

Back to close-up of Jane talking to the camera.

Jane: Being an artist, those things are married together essentially.

Scene changes briefly to another live music performance by a band. We can see the musicians clapping along with the rhythm of the music. The camera then zooms out and shows the other members of the band. Three women are all singing and three men are playing instruments.

Jane: Having the great privilege of travelling to Canada many times and having what I consider to be a second family there has been hugely life enriching for me.

Back to close-up of Jane talking to the camera.

Screen turns white before the appearance of a logo which reads: “International Experience Canada. Then the Government of Canada logo appears before the International Experience Canada website details are revealed: “”.

Jesse Desjardins

Transcript: “Working Holiday = Space (Jesse Desjardins)”

Video length: 2:25 minutes

Pleasant, upbeat music plays throughout.

Jesse Desjardins: There is something about being halfway around the world from your home country that pushes you to try new things and experience life to the fullest.

Jesse Desjardins who is shown in a black suit looking out of a high-rise window.

Background changes to a shot of a cityscape. The camera turns towards Jesse; we see his face and he’s smiling.

Jesse: My name is Jesse Desjardins, I am originally from Smooth Rock Falls. I grew up mostly in Toronto. I went to Humber College and Ryerson University. I came to Australia on a working holiday in 2006.

He is now seated in front of the window and begins to talk to the camera.

Photo of a water tank with “Smooth Rock Falls” written on it appears, then a photo of Jesse when he was a child, then a photo of him doing a headstand on the beach in Australia and a last photo in which we see him carrying a baby kangaroo.

Jesse: I am the global manager for social content at Tourism Australia. We are the Australian government agency which is responsible for attracting international visitors. 

Back to original shot of him sitting and talking to the camera.

Angle of shot changes, Jesse continues to speak to the camera, but we can’t hear what he is saying.

Shot of Jesse on his cellphone, he is looking at the “Tourism Australia” Instagram page.

Jesse: So my team and I, what we do, is we look after the content on “”, on the Australia Facebook page, on the app Australia Instagram profile and Twitter profile. We get about 2000 photos and videos that are sent to us every single day from Australians, from young Canadians who are here travelling and we’re able to use that content to inspire other people to come down to Australia. It’s funny to me because that strategy is almost an evolution of what inspired me and actually probably millions of people to come to Australia in the first place.

Shot of Jesse typing on a keyboard followed by a close up on his face.

Scene changes to a white background where the “Tourism Australia” profile picture appears; it is a kangaroo’s face. The profile picture is next to the Facebook logo. Under the Facebook logo it says search: “”. The Facebook logo then slides downwards and is replaced by the Instagram logo. Under the Instagram logo it says “#seeaustralia”. The Instagram logo is then replaced by the Twitter logo. Under the Twitter logo it says: “@australia.”

A collage of images of Australia cover the screen and there is a slow zoom out.

Shot of Jesse sitting and talking to the camera.

Shot of a hand taking a photo of a beach with a cell phone. To the right of the phone is a white tab that says: @twsbisuals Hamilton Island, QLD.

Shot of a white surface with sunglasses, a button with I love Oz written on it and a boomerang. Instagram photos pile on top of each other in the middle of the surface. Instagram photos start piling to the right and the screen shifts right, revealing a starfish at the bottom of the screen. Photos pile to the right again and the screen shifts right again. At the top of the screen is a camera.

Shot of Jesse speaking to the camera.

Jesse: Thirty years ago you had the “Shrimp on the Barbie” ads and the “Crocodile Dundee” movies with Paul Hogan and the way we’ve been able to recreate that on a much bigger scale now  is essentially millions of people being able to act as spokespeople for the country.

Frame switches to a photo of Tourism Australia brochures from the 1980s. Jesse flips through it showing the content of the brochure.

Shot of Jesse speaking to the camera.

Shot of a video on Facebook from in which a baby kangaroo gently jumps into a bag being held open by a set of hands. Zoom to the likes section to see there are 1,573,158 likes.

Jesse: I’ve had the chance to work on some pretty incredible projects since I’ve been here. Probably one of my favourites has been what we just did recently around the Sydney New Year’s Eve celebration.

Shot of Jesse talking to camera.

New shot of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney at night with boats passing by at double speed.

Shot of a girl catching a wave on a surfboard. This same shot is seen being projected on one of the pillars of the Harbour Bridge.

Jesse: It was an incredibly complex project, like lots of moving parts; we were trying to do something that had never been done before and everyone kind of had the spirit of just kind of giving it a go. I think the perception a lot of the times are that a working holiday can be a waste of time or can set you back in your career plans but based on my own experience that’s actually completely the opposite.

Shot of the girl catching a wave. She is now surfing the wave. The shot breaks up into four panels of different scenes. In the top left panel is a park scene with pugs walking on the grass. The top right panel shows the same girl surfing. The bottom left panel shows a person skateboarding. On the bottom right panel is a giraffe eating. The four shots we see then appear at different intervals on the pillars of the Harbour Bridge.

New Year’s Eve fireworks are shown at the Harbour Bridge.

Scene changes to a photo of people having a picnic in a park with a view on the Opera House, followed by a photo of Jesse holding a large lobster, followed by a photo of a man walking on a rocky beach.

Scene changes to a video of a person in a helicopter flying over the Whitsundays.

Jesse continues to speak to the camera.

Jesse: For me it was really a pivotal moment in my career because I think most  Canadians, you go to college, you go to university, you get a job right away and you rarely have this time in between to kind of really define who you are and have that space to do so.

Photo of an office with three monitors and a great view of a city, followed by a photo of a group of people working together on their laptops in a circle, followed by a panoramic view of a city.

Shot of Jesse speaking on his cellphone.

Back to a shot of Jesse speaking to the camera.

Jesse: And look I’m a little bit biased but I think one of the best places to do that is here in Australia. Australia’s place in the Asia-Pacific region at the moment is really a fascinating one. I mean there is so much happening here.

Photo of an office.

Image of three friends sitting looking out on the ocean, followed by an image of a poster, followed by an image of two people putting photos on a wall in an office.

Jesse: I feel pretty lucky that I have my Canadian and Australian ties, and I get to really enjoy the best of both worlds.

Background changes to a photo of a Canadian passport with a sketch of Jesse sticking out of it follows.

Jesse is standing behind a kangaroo. Both the kangaroo and Jesse are facing the camera.

Jesse: The biggest piece of advice I think I can give to someone who is thinking about doing a working holiday is to really take this as a platform for the next big thing in your career. If you can take the best of what you learn back to Canada and be open to new challenges and opportunities, I really do think brilliant things can happen.

Shot of Jesse speaking to the camera.

Scene changes to a video of Jesse on a quad, followed by a video of a seal swimming in the ocean, followed by a time-lapse video of a cruise ship arriving in the bay next to the Opera House.

Next is an image of a person standing in front of a projection screen with the image of Luke Skywalker and Yoda from Star Wars, followed by an image of a man walking on a deserted road next to the ocean, followed by a selfie of Jesse in front of another photographer.

Shot of Jesse speaking to the camera.

Shot fades to a white background. “International Experience Canada” slowly appears on the white background and is then replaced by the “Canada” logo, which is then replaced by


Ann Vriend

Transcript: “Working Holiday = Opportunities (Ann Vriend)”

Video Length 2:08 minutes

Soft instrumental rock music plays throughout.

Ann Vriend: When you work somewhere you just end up seeing what regularly everyday people in that country do. You have a totally different experience than if you would just go as a tourist.

The video begins with a shot of Ann Vriend looking at the Harbour Bridge. She is not facing the camera.

Ann is then seen walking towards the Sydney Opera House.

Scene changes to Ann sitting down and talking to the camera.

Ann: My name is Ann Vriend and I’m a singer song writer from Canada. A long time ago, it was in 2005, the Alberta government was promoting a compilation album and I was on the compilation.

Excerpt of one of Ann’s music videos; she puts headphones on.

Back to Ann sitting and talking to the camera.

Photo of Ann lying down on a couch; followed by a group photo of Ann and other artists.

Back to Ann sitting talking to the camera.

Ann: They selected four of us to actively promote this compilation overseas including in Australia.

Ann sitting at a piano performing on Mornings TV show with host Kerri Anne in front.

Ann: I set up a publishing deal and a distribution deal for my music and so I wanted to come back and perpetuate the business relationships that I had started, and that’s when I heard about the working holiday.

Zoom on Ann’s face; she is playing the piano and singing.

Ann is sitting down and talking to the camera.

Photo of Ann holding an ABC visitor card; followed by a photo of Ann singing as she plays the piano.

Ann is sitting down and talking to the camera.

Extract of one of Ann’s music videos. She is walking in the street during the evening. The video divides into two panels that are side by side.  On the right panel Ann is walking in the street; and on the left panel, there is a man walking in the street.

Various reviewers and magazines comments appear in the left panel over the video of the man walking.

The reviews are as follows:

“For The People In The Mean Time is essential listening for any lover of thoughtful, innovative, funky, modern soul. 4/5 Stars!” – Beat Magazine (Australia) –

“Just so powerful, full, rich and technically impressive. If you have not heard of her, get on that, because she was absolutely phenomenal!” – Best of BIG SOUND –

“When it comes to women with pianos, there are endless comparisons to make, but Vriend stands out from the crowd.” – Drum Media –

“She had a commanding stage presence and a control of dynamics that actually made my jaw drop making me grin like an idiot.” – The AU Review –

“A delightful stage presence- she has an engaging, down-to-earth manner, and the audience loved her…do yourself a favour; go and see her!” – Scenestr Magazine –

Ann: The working holiday visa was a really good way to make fans here and have a career here.

The panel with the walking man slides to the left and disappears. Ann is walking alone in the street during the evening.

Ann is sitting down and talking to the camera.

Ann: You almost kind of get validity outside and that gives you props and respect back home and then from there spring more and more work and a bigger fan base. 

Video of Ann performing with her band at a show.

Ann is sitting down and talking to the camera.

Extract of one of Ann’s music videos. She is playing the piano and singing with her guitarist, and is surrounded by people dancing.

More reviews appears on screen while Ann’s music video continues to play in the background. “Once every generation a singer-songwriter emerges with the creative fire to set the music world ablaze. Ann Vriend has the fire.” – US Biographer David Ritz –

“Soul-wrenching… Don’t miss her.” – Toronto Star –

Ann: I’ve been nominated for pop album of the year with my most recent album at the Toronto Independent Music Awards.

Ann is sitting down and talking  to the camera.

Photo of Ann; she is with two friends and they each hold a trophy.

Photo of Ann; she is holding a copy of her new album.

Ann: I tour quite a bit in Canada and then I tour a lot in Europe as well; especially in Germany and I’ve now been able to travel a lot of Australia like as far north as Cairns and to Perth and to Western Australia.

Ann is sitting down and talking to the camera.

Scene changes to a photo of Anne doing an interview, then a photo of a news article in German.

Back to Ann is sitting down and talking to the camera.

Ann: Well I personally love travelling because I think that it expands your horizons and the working holiday affected me as an artist and a person to be able to come here and sort of see Australia but also see myself and Canada differently.

Extract of one of Ann’s music videos; she is playing the piano and her guitarist is playing the guitar next to her.

Back to Ann is sitting down and talking to the camera.

Scene changes to a photo of Ann at the beach on a sunny day.

Back to Ann is sitting down and talking to the camera.

Shot fades to a white background. The logo “International Experience Canada” slowly appears on the white background and is replaced by the “Canada” logo, which is then replaced by .


Life Swap: Working Holiday in Canada/Australia – Transcript

Video length: 1:00 minute

Video taken from live footage.

Upbeat music plays. A black airport departure board appears on screen with Canadian and Australian destinations in white writing – letters on board change to read: EVER WONDER WHAT AWAITS YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD?

Letters on board begin changing again to read: LIFE SWAP with the words ‘Departures, Destination, Sydney, Vancouver’ in the background. Background fades to black and the words LIFE SWAP become clearer. Short blurb appears, text displays: Footage from Canadian and Australian participants of International Experience Canada (Videos soumis par des participants Canadiens et Australiens du programme Experience Internationale Canada).

[New Clip] A young man is shown running across a beach with a surfboard under his arm.

[New Clip]This is then contrasted by footage of a bob sled being pushed across the screen out over ice.

[New Clip] We then see a young woman at a table eating toast with a jar of ‘Vegemite’ on the table in front of her and smiling. Text displays: TRY SOMETHING NEW.

[New Clip] Text changes to: ESSAYEZ DE NOUVELLES CHOSES as the video changes to a young man sitting in a diner eating poutine and laughing.

[New Clip] A group of four people are shown enjoying the sun on a boat, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is visible behind them and the water and skyline of Sydney city in the background.  Text appears on screen: PICK UP NEW SKILLS.

[New Clip]We are transported to a snowy slope. The words ACQUEREZ DE NOUVELLES COMPETENCES appear as a person comes sliding down the slope in snow clothes.

[New Clip] A view of a wave is then shown with a person surfing.

[New Clip] A view of a person skiing down a snowy slope with other people and trees in the background, is shown.

[New Clip] The words: DISCOVER YOURSELF appear on the left side of the screen while a girl is shown making a sand angel on the right side of the screen.

[New Clip] The words on the left change to APPRENEZ A MIEUX VOUS CONNAITRE as the right image changes to a girl on a balcony looking out over water.

[New Clip] A view looking down a cliff into water is shown.  Text displays: CHALLENGE YOURSELF as a young woman followed by a young man jump down into the water.

[New Clip]We see a person hurtling themselves into the snow on a toboggan, and the text displays: METTEZ-VOUS AU DEFI.

[New Clip]A girl and boy are shown climbing up a steep bush path into rocks.

[New Clip]We see footage of a person snowboarding and doing an aerial turn.

[New Clip] A girl is shown at a table on a balcony, typing on her computer. The city of Sydney, the harbour, the opera house and Harbour Bridge are evident in the background. Text displays: ADVANCE YOUR CAREER.

[New Clip]A selfie video of a girl is shown on the right of the screen with the words FAITES PROGRESSER VOTRE CARRIERE displayed on the left.

[New Clip] Two girls are shown, on the right of the screen, on a beach jumping and holding hands as the words EXPAND YOUR NETWORK appear on the left.

[New Clip] We then see an ice skating rink, where Pierre the Polar Bear and Mathilda the Koala are shown playing ice hockey. Text displays: ETENDEZ VOTRE RESEAU PROFESSIONNEL.

[New Clip]A close up of a male driver appears, as he drives past an empty beach at dusk. The word LIVE is displayed on the screen.

[New Clip] We then see a selfie video of a girl and boy walking along Sydney harbour, with the Bridge in the background. Text displays: VIVEZ.

[New Clip] We see a view through a window looking out onto apartments. A white cockatoo flies up and flaps its wings as the word LEARN is displayed.

[New Clip] A girl is then show, back to the camera, looking out onto a green field with several kangaroos in front of her. Text displays: APPRENEZ.

[New Clip] We see feet in running shoes walking across rocks, the word PLAY is displayed. This is followed by an image of snow and the word JOUEZ.

[New Clip] A hand is shown drawing a maple leaf and heart into sand.

The screen fades to white and the International Experience Canada logo appears on the screen. This then fades out and the Canada logo appears. This then fades out to be replaced by the URL: