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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
29 October 2014
Australian Embassy staff raise $11,000 for Children’s Hospital
Australia’s Ambassador to the Lao PDR today handed over a cheque for more than US$11,000 (around LAK 90 million) to help build a new children’s hospital in Luang Prabang.
The donation was the result of extensive private fund raising by a group of 25 Embassy staff and family members who competed in the 12 October Luang Prabang half marathon. Read more in Englilsh / Lao >>
20 October 2014
Australian Embassy’s sporting exploits
Australian Embassy staff in Vientiane participated in two prominent sporting activities in mid October in Vientiane and Luang Prabang provinces.
On 9 October, several Embassy staff, including Ambassador John Williams, lined up with representatives from ASEAN Embassies in Vientiane, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ ASEAN Directorate and riparian and international staff from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to compete in the annual boat race festival on the Mekong River. Read more>>
16 October 2014
A commemoration for the victims of the Pakse plane crash was held at Australian Embassy Recreational Facility on 16 October 2014. The simple and private commemoration was organized on the one year anniversary of the crash, and was attended by friends and families of the victims, representatives from the victims’ embassies, government officials and others from the Vientiane community.
14 October 2014
Australia launches new Interplast film - Rebuilding Bodies and Lives
Australian Ambassador John Williams and Minister of Public Health, H.E. Professor Dr Eksavang Vongvichit, today officially launched a documentary film to promote an Australian initiative to deliver reconstructive surgery to needy Lao people. Read more in Englilsh / Lao >>
7 October 2014
7 October 2014
Australian Embassy runners raise $7000 for new hospital
Australian Embassy staff have collectively raised over US$7000 (LAK 5.6 million) for a new children’s hospital ahead of Sunday’s charity half marathon in Luang Prabang. Read more>>
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 >>
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 Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships, providing opportunities to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.
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 email@example.com.