Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has today launched the newest phase of the Australian Government's Smartraveller campaign.
The new initiatives, which put Australia at the leading edge of consular services around the world, are targeted at making smarter travel easier for Australians.
Mr Rudd today relaunched the Smartraveller website – a cleaner, clearer, more intuitive and easier to navigate site that will link to social media platforms and embedded videos.
Mr Rudd also unveiled the Smartraveller web app, which will make it easier for travellers to access key Smartraveller services anywhere in the world, including updated travel advisories.
"It's vital that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's consular services are as effective and accessible to as many Australians as possible," Mr Rudd said.
"We are working hard to adapt to the changing needs of travelling Australians – at any one time, we have about one million Australians abroad.
"This Government will always make the safety and security of Australians its highest priority, but unfortunately, things can – and do – go wrong."
Mr Rudd encouraged travellers to be prepared before they headed off for their summer holidays by registering their travel plans, reading and subscribing to travel advice and alerts, and taking out appropriate insurance before leaving the country.
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