Australian Embassy
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Embassy address: Km 4, Thadeua Road, Watnak (P.O. Box 292) Vientiane, Lao P.D.R. Telephone: 021-353800, Facsimile: 021-353801

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' 2015 Australia Day Message. Read more in English / Lao >>

Ambassador John Williams' 2014 Australia Day Message



5 January 2015

Interplast Australia and New Zealand - plastic and reconstructive surgery visit from 9-20 February 2015

Interplast Australia & New Zealand (Interplast) will visit Mahosot General Hospital from Monday 9 February 2015 to Friday 20 February 2015 to facilitate plastic and reconstructive surgical services and training in the areas of burns management and treatment. Read more in English / Lao


29 December 2014

Australia Commits New UXO funding

The Australian Government has committed another A$1 million (around LAK 7 billion) for UXO survey and clearance in 2014-15 to support community development in southern Laos, as well as additional funding for mine risk education and victim assistance. Read more in English / Lao


22 December 2014

Australian volunteers' success stories 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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 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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