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)

Australia Day Celebration 2015 in Lao PDR


Australian Ambassador H.E. John Williams and his wife Dr Annemarie Reerink hosted a reception at the Australian Embassy on 26 January to celebrate Australia Day. H.E. Hiem Phommachanh (left), Minister for Post and Telecommunications and H.E. Saleumxay Kommasith (right), Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs were guests of honour at the event.


Australia’s Minister for Education and Leader of the House attending the 2nd East Asia Summit Education Ministers Meeting in Lao PDR in September 2014

Australian Foreign Minister visiting Lao PDR in July 2014



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



6 March 2015

Lao Government human rights delegations visiting Australia

President of the Lao National Steering Committee on Human Rights, H.E. Mr Phongsavath Boupha, with Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon Julie Bishop MP, at Parliament House in Canberra, during the visit to Australia by a Lao Government delegation, funded by Australia's bilateral human rights assistance program in the Lao PDR. Read more in English / Lao >>


6 March 2015

Empowering Women: More Work To Be Done

This year is a milestone International Women’s Day and a special year for the international women’s movement.

Twenty years ago, an unprecedented 17,000 participants and 30,000 activists arrived in Beijing for the opening of the Fourth World Conference on Women. Read more >>


5 March 2015

Women’s leadership gains traction in microfinance

Australia is committed to encouraging women to take a more important role in the governance of Lao institutions. Read more >>




5 March 2015

Encouraging girls to save money

Most children would choose to spend their daily allowance from their parents on candies and soda when they are in school, but Ms. Nidsa Panyasavat saves it. Read more >>



5 March 2015

Microfinance provides rural women with access to capital

Mrs Savatdy Luangkang, 50, from Soukouma district, Champasack province, has been operating a local business selling soaps, detergent and small food items near Soukouma market since 2000. Read more >>


5 March 2015

Everyday role models amongst ethnic women

As a woman who grew up in a remote rural setting in Nong, one of the poorest districts in Savannakhet, Ms. Chonekham Somchanmavong has come a long way despite being constantly unsure of what the future would bring as a child. Read more >>


5 March 2015

Empowering women, focus of Australian Aid

Empowering women so that they can find ways to increase their incomes and be more financially secure and independent is a renewed focus of the Australian Government’s aid program in Laos. Read more >>



5 March 2015

Australia provides A$21,000 to Vientiane Rescue

The Australian Embassy in Vientiane handed over A$21,000 (LAK130 million) to support Vientiane Rescue service on 4 March 2015. The financial support was funded through the Embassy’s Direct Aid Program (DAP). The funds will be spent on first aid training for local volunteers and purchasing critical emergency equipment. Read more in English / Lao >>



27 February 2015

Research on institutional constraints to improved nutrition in Laos commences

The Centre for Nutrition, Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion of the Ministry of Public Health, in collaboration with Laos-Australia Development Learning Facility (LADLF), an Australian Aid project, is implementing the first phase of a research project to identify constraints to effective implementation of the national nutrition policy in Laos. Read more >>


27 February 2015

Australian Aid and UXO Lao team up to improve clearance impacts in rural areas

A new study commissioned by Laos-Australia Development Learning Facility (LADLF) and UXO Lao – Post Clearance Impact Assessment (PCIA) - seeks to better understand the impacts that UXO clearance work is having on livelihoods in rural areas of the country. Read more >>



24 February 2015

Friendship sporting activity with Lao government officials

On 20 February, Australian Ambassador John Williams hosted a friendship sporting activity with Mr Phongsavanh Sisoulath, Director General of ASEAN Department from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) at the Embassy. The aim of the event was to further strengthen our working relationship as well as to promote the importance of a healthy, happy lifestyle. Read more >>



18 February 2015

Australia-Lao collaboration digs up Xieng Khouang history

New archeological research involving New Colombo Plan students from Australia has shed new light on Xieng Khouang’s historic trade links with the rest of Asia. Excavations this month have unearthed local high fired pottery, smoking pipes, coins and ceramics, some of which are believed to originate in China and Japan. The finds are thought to date from the 16th-17th Century AD and reveal a complex society with links to the major trading centres at that time. Read more in English / Lao >>

James Cook University students gather around excavation area at Ban Vieng Temple, Xieng Khouang


16 February 2015

Australian Ambassador welcomed a delegation from Lao-Oz

Australian Ambassador John Williams (centre) welcomed a delegation from Lao-Oz to the Embassy on 16 February at the end of their week-long visit to Laos as guests of the Lao Government. Lao-Oz provides a platform for Australia’s 30,000-strong Lao community to help strengthen Australia-Lao relations and support community development projects in the Lao PDR. Read more >>





5 February 2015

H.E. Mrs Baikham Khattiya, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (centre right), and Australian Ambassador John Williams (centre left) attending a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony of the Social Protection and Sustainable Livelihoods project (SPSL). Mr Lee Pao Yang, Director General of Planning and Cooperation Department signed the MOU with Dr Rowan Mactaggart, Director of SPSL in Vientiane on 27 January 2015.




4 February 2015

Australia and Laos work together to improve basic education

H.E Dr Phankham Viphavanh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Sports and H.E John Williams, Australia’s Ambassador to the Lao PDR, today signed an agreement to work together to ensure more Lao boys and girls complete a quality basic education. 

Australia’s new Basic Education Quality and Access in Lao PDR (BEQUAL) program will help an estimated 450,000 Lao girls and boys achieve literacy, numeracy and other life skills. Read more >>


2 February 2015

Australia won the 2015 Asian Cup












Excitement abounds! For the first time in history, Australia won the 2015 Asian Cup in Sydney on 31 January. 


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


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 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.




2015 Australia Awards Scholarship applications are now open from 9 February - 30 April 2015 


Australians living in Laos or visiting Laos are encouraged to register on-line or complete a registration form at the Embassy. Registrations can be amended by contacting the Embassy via email at

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