Australian Embassy
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Embassy address: Km 4, Thadeua Road, Watnak (P.O. Box 292) Vientiane, Lao P.D.R. Telephone: 856-21-353800, Facsimile: 856-21-353801

The 2014/15 Direct Aid Program is now open for application, please click on the link "" , For Lao Click Here

The Australian Embassy, located in the capital of Vientiane, offers a comprehensive range of services to Australian citizens, administers the Australian development assistance program to Laos, provides advice to Australian businesses, manages the formal bilateral relationship between Australia and Laos and provides a visa service for people in Laos planning to travel to Australia. (Link Travel Advice for Laos)

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Australia’s Minister for Education and Leader of the House, visited Lao PDR from 11 to 12 September 2014 
Australia’s Minister and Leader of the House Christopher Pyne, participated in the 2nd East Asia Summit Education Ministers Meeting held in Vientiane on 12 September 2014.


Photo credit: Jeff Williams


The Hon Julie Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister, visited Lao PDR from 4 to 5 July 2014
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with H.E. Mr Thongsing Thammavong, Prime Minister of Lao PDR at the Government Office in Vientiane on 5 July.

Photo credit: Bart Verweij

If you would like to see more photos of the Foreign Minister’s visit, please click here to view the photo gallery.


Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is greeted by teachers at Hom Neua Primary School. Photo credit: Bart Verweij

If you would like to read Ms Julie Bishop's speech for a joint announcement of the Australian Basic Education Program, please click here to read her speech.


Australia's Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Trade outline the Government's foreign and trade policy agenda and priorities. Click here to watch the video



Ambassador John Williams' 2014 Australia Day Message



30 September 2014

ASEAN works to strengthen ties with Australia, its oldest dialogue partner

JAKARTA, 29 September 2014 - ASEAN and Australia reaffirmed their shared commitment to further strengthen their comprehensive partnership at the 4th ASEAN-Australia Joint Cooperation Committee (AAJCC) Meeting on 25 September at ASEAN Secretariat. Read more>>


25 September 2014

Joint Australia-Japan trade in services workshop

On 16 September, Vice Minister for Industry and Commerce, H.E. Mr Siaosavath Savengsuksa, Australian Ambassador, John Williams, and Japan Embassy Counsellor, Hideyuki Onishi, opened a joint Australia-Japan workshop for Lao Government trade and economic officials in Vientiane. Read more in English / Lao >>



23 September 2014

Prof Dr Grant Evans 1948-2014 - the Loss of a National Treasure

Australia and the Lao PDR both suffered a terrible loss last Tuesday (16 September), when Dr Grant Evans passed away in Vientiane after a short battle with cancer.

Widely regarded as one of the finest scholars on contemporary South-East Asian studies, Dr Evans was very much a founding father in the field of Lao studies. Read more >>



15 September 2014

Australia supports construction of Visitor Showroom at the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Center

Australian Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, today officially opened a new Visitor Showroom at the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Center (LDWDC). Funded under the Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program (DAP), the Visitor Showroom will display handicrafts produced by LDWDC graduates in Vientiane. Read more in English / Lao >>


 15 September 2014

50 Lao citizens to study in Australia under Australian scholarships

Australia’s Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today presented 50 Lao students with Australia Awards Scholarships at a ceremony in Vientiane. Read more in English / Lao >>



4 September 2014

Notice for Basic Education Quality and Access (BEQUAL) industry briefing 

An industry briefing on the BEQUAL tender will be held on Monday 8 September 2014 in Vientiane. Attendance at the industry briefing is optional and is not a condition for participation in the Request for Tender process. Tenderers should indicate if they intend to attend the industry briefing by providing written details of the name, company and position of each person attending to the DFAT Contact Officer – email address: by Thursday 4 September, 4pm Canberra time. Read more >>


4 September 2014

Invitation for Basic Education Quality and Access (BEQUAL) International non government organisations and non profit associations briefing 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) manages Australia’s overseas aid program. The purpose of the Australian Government’s aid program is to promote Australia’s national interests through contributing to economic growth and poverty reduction.

There are opportunities for international NGOs and NPAs to contribute directly to the delivery of the program. A briefing for international NGOs and NPAs will be conducted on Tuesday 9 September 2014. Read more >>

Frequently Asked Questions from INGOs and NPAs for BEQUAL. Read more >> 


1 September 2014

Australian Embassy Direct Aid Program is now open for applications

The 2014-2015 Australian Embassy Direct Aid Program (DAP) is now open for applications. DAP is a small-scale grants program which targets humanitarian need. Read more in English / Lao >> 


25 August 2014

Australia-ASEAN crew in boat racing festival

As a local initiative in the Lao PDR to help commemorate the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Australia relations, the Australian Embassy in Vientiane is assembling a multi-country crew to compete in the annual boat racing festival on 9 October. Read more in English / Lao >>


23 July 2014

Lessons shared on research assisting farmers to adapt to challenges faced

The results of a five-year regional collaboration to develop climate change adaptation strategies for farmers in Lao PDR, Cambodia, Bangladesh and India were reviewed at a meeting in Savannakhet on 22 July 2014. Read more >>



7 July 2014

Australia launches major new education program

Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon Julie Bishop MP, today launched a new A$86 million (LAK 631 billion) project to improve the quality and accessibility of basic education in the Lao PDR. Read more in English / Lao >> 


4 July 2014

New Australian program to support Lao and Cambodian rice farmers

A new Australian agricultural research program has been launched to help farmers in lowland rice growing areas to use machinery and diversify their farming to reduce costs and increase production. Read more >> 



 Australia Awards Laos

The Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships funded by the Australian Government offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. They are designed to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia, its neighbours and the global community.

Endeavour Awards

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships, providing opportunities to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.



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