Australian Embassy
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Km 4, Thadeua Road, Watnak (P.O. Box 292)

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 students study food security in Laos

Fifteen students from the University of Sydney visited Laos this month to participate in an Australian-funded field visit under the New Colombo Plan to better understand the development challenges and opportunities facing local rural communities. (Read more)

 

Supporting ASEAN women tourism entrepreneurs

Over 100 women tourism professionals from across ASEAN will converge on Laos next week to identify ways to develop their businesses, and the region’s potential as a premier destination for global travellers. Read more English / Lao)

 

Australia supports peaceful dispute resolution in the South China Sea

Today the Arbitral Tribunal released its final decision on the Philippines’ South China Sea arbitration case.

The Australian Government calls on the Philippines and China to abide by the ruling, which is final and binding on both parties. Read more: English / Lao
 

 

 

Australia refines its investments in Lao people

Australia has agreed to continue to build on its investment of more than five decades in Lao human resource development needs at a high-level review meeting in Vientiane today.  (Read more: English / Lao)
 

Lao border officials upgrade English skills

To enhance the English capacity of frontline immigration officials, Australia offered English Language Training programs at Vientiane College to 18 officers from the Lao Department of Immigration and Lao Customs Department. (Read more)
 

Australia launches new five-year project to quantify impacts of fishways in Laos

Australia has launched a five-year project to quantify the biophysical and community impacts of improved fish passage in Laos. The project is among the largest fisheries projects since the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) began its first Lao fisheries project on indigenous species in 1997.
(Read more: English / Lao)

 

Research shows quality mining central to Laos’ LDC graduation

A research paper, discussed by government officials and industry experts in Vientiane on 5 April, has underlined the ongoing importance of good practice mining if Laos is to realise its ambition of graduation from Least Developed Country (LDC) status. Read more (English / Lao)

 

Australia Supports English Training for Lao Officials

16 Lao officials from various ministries have successfully upgraded their English language skills under the latest Australian-funded program at Vientiane College.  At a ceremony on 24 March ,  the Director for Thailand and Laos of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,  Mr Anthony Aspden, presented certificates to sixteen government officials who have completed a six-month English language training program at Vientiane College. (more information, Click Here)

Australian Alumni Network for Success

Over 300 Lao alumni from Australian universities gathered in Vientiane on 10 March, alongside government, business and civil society leaders, for this year’s annual Australian Alumni function. The annual reception, with the theme of “Australia and Laos: Building Bridges to a Brighter Future”, is designed as a forum for professional development and networking among the 1,200 Lao scholars who have graduated from Australian universities under Australian Government scholarships. (more information, click here)

Human resource executives engage on Women’s Empowerment Principles

Australia brought together senior human resource managers from major Lao banks to strengthen finance sector career prospects for women at a 29 February forum in Vientiane.The initiative, run jointly with the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham Lao), the Lao Government, and major banks, is designed to improve business practices of the Lao banking sector, as well as to promote gender equality. (more information English/Lao)

Australia’s New Colombo Plan supports James Cook University and Lao Archaeologist as they Unlock Lao History

A second year of excavation by a Lao and international team of archaeologists at Ban Vieng, Xieng Khouang Province, has extended evidence of occupation as far back as 3000 years or more. The team of students and archaeologists from the Lao Department of National Heritage (DNH) of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the National University of Laos (NUoL) and James Cook University in Australia... ( Read More)

Australia Welcomes Lao PDR’s ASEAN Chair Priorities

On a 23-25 February visit to Vientiane, Australia\'s Ambassador to ASEAN welcomed Laos\' priorities as ASEAN Chair in 2016, and reiterated Australia\'s commitment to assist in their implementation. Ambassador Simon Merrifield, who is based in Jakarta, said Australia, as a strategic partner of ASEAN, considers it very important to engage closely with the ASEAN Chair to explore ways to contribute to ASEAN's priorities over the year. 
(more information: English / Lao)