Festival Jamaica



“Festival Jamaica”
“Jamaican Association of Australia endorses Power Cuts’ ‘Festival Jamaica’”

The Jamaican Association of Australia (JAA) is proudly supporting the upcoming Festival Jamaica, to be held on Easter Saturday, March 26th, at Addison Road Community Centre, in Marrickville. The event is being held by the perennial Power Cuts Promotions team who have been delivering Jamaican related events in New South Wales for more than 20 years.


The JAA, the official association of Jamaicans living in Australia, is supporting the event as it fits in directly with the association’s mission to strengthen, support and promote the Jamaican cultural heritage in Australia. This will be the first of what promises to be an eventful year for the JAA. The Association will be setting up a stall at the event that will offer membership applications and renewals, sales of various Jamaican snacks as well as promoting Jamaican owned businesses from across Australia. The Association’s presence at this event will help to increase its visibility and profile within the wider community.

The Festival Jamaica gets underway on Saturday 26th March at Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, and promises to be a day of authentic Jamaican entertainment provided by those with strong connections to our growing but vocal community. You can sample Jamaican culinary delights and catch a vibe that will give you an insight into how Jamaicans can party!!!! The President and the team are looking forward to meeting those attending the event and is encouraging one and all to be at this event.

For further information about the JAA, how to become members, provide sponsorship or partner with us for other events, please visit our website.

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The Jamaican Association of Australia Incorporated, the official association of Jamaicans living in Australia has officially launched with its website going public.  The foundation of the Jamaica Association has been built to fulfil the main purposes of:


(a) Supporting and promoting Jamaican culture within the Australia community;

(b) Positively representing Jamaica's interest in Australia and its surrounding regions; and

(c) Fostering unity while creating harmonious relationships between our members and the community we live in.


With Australia’s recent commitment to strengthen its business and bilateral relations with Jamaica, the growing popularity and interest in Jamaican culture in Australasia and the growing number of Jamaican students choosing to study in Australian universities; the launch of the association is timely. Any person aged 18 years and older can become a member of this Association. Application for membership can be made online or by printing the application form and sending it by mail or email.


The association launched its website recently and encourages members of the Jamaican diaspora and all persons interested in finding information pertaining to the Jamaica-Australia Community and much more, to visit the website for further details.  The website is the first of its kind in Australia and provides useful information such as Jamaican passport renewal procedures from Australia; how to find Jamaican businesses in Australia; how to find Jamaican produce and products in Australia, how to become a member; as well as important news and updates from across the diaspora. The website also has a query form through which to contact the Executive directly.



For further details visit www.jaaustralia.org.au or email President on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Scholarships and Training Opportunities in Australia

Several Jamaicans have benefitted from Australian scholarships over the years. Several others have self-financed or received scholarships from Australian Universities to pursue post graduate studies. Australia Awards Scholarships, formerly known as Australian Development Scholarships (ADS), are scholarships for international students who want to study in Australian Universities. Scholarship holders are required to return to their country of citizenship for two years after they have completed their studies to contribute to the development of their country.

Jamaican citizens are eligible for several Australian Awards scholarships.

·         Australian Development Scholarships are now Australia Awards Scholarships

·         Australia Leadership Awards Fellowships are now Australia Awards Fellowships http://ausaid.gov.au/australia-awards/Pages/studyin.aspx.

·         See also http://www.australiaawards.gov.au/annual-progress-report-2011/highlights.html