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There's a fresh new look and additional information on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller website, which provides official advice on travel and dangerous situations.
New features include an easily-readable table of travel advice by country and by issue or event, which is remarkably useful.
A "travel tips" section provides specific advice on certain situations -- international travel, consular services, missing people, natural disasters, and so on.
You'll also find a more prominent link to register your travel plans with DFAT in case of emergency. The look and feel of the site has changed since we outlined the fastest way to register with Smartraveller but the process is exactly the same.
There's also an overdue mobile-optimised version of the site for smartphones and tablets, which is easier than navigating the regular site on a small screen.
Videos (mainly 30-second ads that really beg some parody) have also been included in the revamp.
Business travellers are well-advised to keep an eye on the Smartraveller site, and not just for safety and disruption reasons.
Travel insurance policies will often refuse to pay out if you make plans to travel after a "reasonable person" would have known about potential problems. And it could certainly be considered "reasonable" for a traveller to check the Smartraveller site before booking, especially if the problem was publicised in the news media.
To help you keep up, DFAT has an RSS feed, Twitter (@DFAT) and a YouTube account -- all of which are linked from the main page too.