Organisation of TECO
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Australia was set up in 1992. The said office is the highest representative office of the Government of Taiwan, ROC in Australia. The Head Office of TECO is located at Canberra. The mission of TECO is to promote bilateral governmental, parliamentary, trade, investment, education, culture and science & technology exchanges and interactions, as well as the provision of consular services between Taiwan and Australia.
The Head Office of TECO in Canberra currently has five divisions. The functions of each division are as follows:
Public Affairs Division:
Maintains contact and communication with the Australian government, civic organisations, and offers such services as issuance of travel documents, entry permits, legalisation of documentations, and assistance to the Taiwanese expatriate community.
Facilitates Australia-Taiwan academic and cultural exchanges and renders assistance to students from Taiwan.
Promotes two-way trade and investment activities between Australia and Taiwan.
Provides public information and maintains media liaison.
Science & Technology Division:
Promotes science and technology exchanges and cooperation between Taiwan and Australia.
Three (3) Regional TECO Offices:
In addition to the Head Office of TECO in Canberra which promotes relations with the Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia, there are three regional TECOs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to serve various states and territories of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Consular Jurisdiction areas of the TECO Head Office and the Three (3) Regional Offices:
The TECO Head Office in Canberra handles the consular area of the ACT and Western Australia (WA).
The TECO in Sydney promotes relations with New South Wales; the TECO in Melbourne promotes relations with Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania; and the TECO in Brisbane promotes relations with Queensland and Northern Territory.