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, Email address:

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



22 December 2014

Australian Volunteer for International Development in Lao PDR

The Lao Disabled Women’s Development Center (LDWDC) has been a strong community since 2002. Its foundations were formed in 1990 when Director, Madame Chanhpheng Sivila started a sewing group for disabled women in her home. In 2015, the LDWDC will officially become the Lao Disabled Women’s Association – the first organisation in Laos to represent and empower women living with disability. Read more >>

Working with women, for women: an Australian business volunteer’s perspective. Read more>>


12 December 2014

Australia Farewells Lao Scholars

Australia’s Ambassador to the Lao PDR today hosted a reception to farewell 46 young Lao men and women who have received Australia Awards scholarships to study in Australia in 2015.

Ambassador Williams told the four PhD candidates, 30 masters and 12 undergraduate students they should study hard to take advantage of this unique opportunity, so they could better contribute to the Lao PDR’s future economic development on their return. Read more in English / Lao >>


11 December 2014

Geneva - H.E. Mr. Hamish McCormick, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the World Trade Organisation (left), receives the Friendship Medal Award from H.E. Mr. Thongphane Savanphet, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Lao PDR (right), at the Australian Permanent Mission in Geneva, Switzerland on 9 December 2014. The award was given to the Permanent Mission of Australia in thanks for its contribution to enhancing relations and cooperation for the development of the Lao PDR and for the valuable support and assistance to the Lao PDR in its efforts to accede to the World Trade Organisation.



8 December 2014

New Colombo Plan Arrives in the Lao PDR

Up to 50 young Australians will travel to the Lao PDR in 2015 as part of the first group of students deployed to the region under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.

Australia’s Ambassador to the Lao PDR, John Williams, said students from the University of Sydney, Brisbane’s Griffith University and James Cook University in Townsville had been awarded mobility grants to undertake short-term study or research placements, practicums or internships with Lao organisations next year. Read more in English / Lao >>


3 December 2014

From a blind girl, to a teacher

Today is International Day of People with Disability.

People with disability are the world’s largest and most disadvantaged segment of the population, accounting for around 15 per cent of the global population (1 billion people). Collectively, people with disability around the world have poorer health outcomes, lower educational achievements, less economic participation and higher rates of poverty than people without disability. Read more in English / Lao >>


3 December 2014

Response from the Embassy to questions from INGO regarding BEQUAL ‘Request for submission of capacity statements’. Read more>>

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28 November 2014

Australia and ASEAN: Past, present, future

Director General Yong Chanthalangsy, Director General Phongsavanh Sisoulath, Australian Ambassador to Laos John Williams, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for the invitation to be here today. It is a great pleasure to be in Vientiane, on my second visit to Laos and my first as Australia’s Ambassador to ASEAN. I look forward to visiting more frequently in the years ahead, most particularly in 2016 when Lao PDR takes over the ASEAN Chair from Malaysia.  Read more >>


28 November 2014

ASEAN – an Australian Perspective

To help mark the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Australia relations, Australia’s first resident Ambassador to ASEAN, Simon Merrifield, today provided an Australian perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing the region at a public lecture in Vientiane. Read more in English / Lao >>


26 November 2014

Australia supports an end to violence against women

The Australian Embassy and CARE International today launched a campaign entitled “Standing Up, Speaking Out: Lao men saying no to violence” a program targeted at initiating cultural change to eliminate violence against women.

White Ribbon Day, or the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, is a poignant reminder of the devastating impact that violence has on the lives of women, children and communities across the globe. Read more >>


25 November 2014

Ending Violence Against Women – a Call to Men

Today, 25 November, the world marks White White Ribbon Day - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

This is a day that heralds 16 days of global activism to eradicate violence against women and their children - one of the world’s most odious and prevalent human rights abuses. Read more in English / Lao >>


21 November 2014

Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit in Sydney on 12 November 2014

H.E. Mr Noulinh Sinbandith, Lao Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, meets H.E. Mr Greg Hunt MP, Australia’s Environment Minister, at the 12 November Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit in Sydney, where Ministers discussed practical solutions to reduce rainforest loss across the region.



18 November 2014

G20 Brisbane outcomes – good for global growth

Australia’s Ambassador to the Lao PDR said developed and developing countries alike stood to benefit from the measures agreed at the weekend’s G20 Summit in Brisbane.

Leaders at the 15-16 November G20 Summit tabled a range of domestic economic reforms designed to lift GDP across the G20 economies by at least 2.1 per cent by 2018. Read more >>


18 November 2014

Australia-Lao clean water collaboration

A simple and versatile Australian technology, adapted for local use, is helping prevent disease and support local development by delivering clean, potable water for rural Lao communities.

The clean water initiative, led by Australian not-for-profit group Abundant Water, is also empowering communities to better manage their water and sanitation needs, strengthening the culture of research and development in the Lao PDR, and providing vital work for the Lao pottery industry. Read more in English / Lao >>

 Frequently Asked Questions from INGOs and NPAs for BEQUAL. 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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