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)
Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey
For enquiries regarding the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey please refer to the ABS website: http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/home/AMLPS+-+Process or contact the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey Information Line by calling: 1800 572 113 or +61 2 6252 52 62 from overseas (Charges apply). The Information Line is open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm (AEST).
We note, the ABS processes for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey have been updated to provide additional information for eligible Australians overseas who may not be able to complete a postal survey. Please refer to the ABS website for further details
New Australia Awards Scholarships
Australia has built further on its investment of over five decades in Laos’ human resource development needs with the award of 30 new tertiary scholarships.
Australia’s visiting Minister for Defence, the Hon Marise Payne, and Lao Minister for Education and Sports, H.E. Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun, today congratulated the 30 young Lao men and women selected in 2017 to study in Australia under Australia Awards scholarships at an official conferral ceremony in Vientiane. (Read more )
Australian Minister to Reaffirm Strategic Ties
Australia and the Lao PDR will look to build on their long-standing defence cooperation when Vientiane hosts the first ever visit by an Australian Minister for Defence on 24 August. Hon Marise Payne is visiting Laos as part of a broader regional visit to South-East Asia to strengthen military ties and cooperation.
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Women's Leadership Executive Development and Mentoring Program Begins
Twenty five Australian alumni started the first module of the new 15-month Women’s Leadership Executive Development and Mentoring Program on Friday 27 July. Over three days, the participants got to know each other and developed a leadership project to be implemented in their workplace under the guidance of the University of Sydney Business School. (Read more )
Lao PDR and Australia Extend Human Rights Cooperation
Australia and the Lao PDR have agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation on human rights through a new four-year program launched in Vientiane on 18 July. Under the new AUD815,000 (LAK 5.2 billion) program, which will run until March 2021, Australia will provide practical support to the Lao Government to meet its international human rights commitments. (Read more English and Lao)