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)

100th anniversary ANZAC Day 2015 Centenary in Lao PDR

The Australian Embassy in Vientiane hosted a dawn service to commemorate the ANZAC 100th anniversary on Saturday 25 April 2015. More than 200 people attended the ceremony that remembered Australian and New Zealand soldiers who have served their countries. Read more>>




Photo credit: Jeff Williams


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



26 May 2015


Australia supports Vientiane Youth Centre for Health and Development

On 22 May 2015, the Australian Embassy in Vientiane handed over medical equipment to support Vientiane Youth Centre for Health and Development worth A$22,000 (LAK138 million). The equipment was funded through the Embassy’s Direct Aid Program (DAP). Read more >>



25 May 2015

Australia and Laos facing up to border management challenges

Lao Immigration officials received training this week from Australian experts in facial image comparison, the latest part of a two-decade long cooperation program to strengthen border security in the Lao PDR and across the Mekong region. Read more in English / Lao >>



8 May 2015

Australia - Lao PDR HRD Partnership Grows

H.E. Mr Somdy Douangdy, Minister of Planning and Investment and H.E Mr John Williams, Australian Ambassador to Lao PDR, chaired the first High Level Advisory Council meeting of the Laos Australia Human Resource Development Program on 7 May in Vientiane. Read more >>



7 April 2015

Supporting Young Leaders to Pass It Back in their Communities

ChildFund Australia, in partnership with Women Win and the Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU), is launching the Pass It Back partnership for eleven countries across South and South-East Asia, starting in Laos and Viet Nam. Harnessing the power of Sport for Development, Pass It Back will use rugby to build leadership and life-skills of young people, enabling them to overcome challenges in their lives and to ‘pass it back’ to others in their communities. Read more in English / Lao >>


7 April 2015

Australia commits to support border security in Lao PDR

Australian Ambassador to the Lao PDR, John Williams, together with Colonel Dr Bouavanh Vongsouvanhthong, Deputy Chief of General Public Department from Ministry of Public Security, at a certificate of appreciation handover ceremony on 1 April. Read more >>




2 April 2015

Australian Ambassador congratulates successful Australia Awards Fellowships recipients

Australian Ambassador to Lao PDR, Mr John Williams (2nd from left) at a 2015 World Water Day event held at the National University of Lao PDR, congratulating successful Australia Awards Fellowships awardees from the water and environment sectors. Read more >>





30 March 2015

Australian Embassy staff explore Kaysone Phomvihan museum

Australian Ambassador to the Lao PDR, John Williams, and Australian Embassy staff visited the Kaysone Phomvihan Museum on 27 March to view the photographic exhibition set up as part of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, and the 40th anniversary of the Lao PDR. Read more in English / Lao >>



20 March 2015

Friendship sporting activity between Australian Embassy and ANZ

On 13 March, Australian Ambassador to Lao PDR, John Williams (centre left) together with ANZ Chief Executive Officer, Tammy Medard (centre right), hosted a fun and healthy sporting competition at the Embassy. The teams enjoyed the friendly competition as well as a chance to build professional networks.




20 March 2015

Lao men standing up speaking out

The Australian Embassy in Vientiane funded a public campaign by CARE International, Stand Up, Speaking Out (SUSO): Lao men saying no to violence, under its Direct Aid Program (DAP). To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, the project launched a Facebook page. This included a video of 10 male volunteers speaking about the need for male leadership and support to drive cultural change to eliminate violence against women.


19 March 2015

Upgrades Ahead for the Vientiane Autism Centre

The Vientiane Autism Centre will undergo renovations thanks to a new Australian grant.

Vientiane, Lao PDR (Monday, 16 March 2015) – Last week, the Association for Autism (AfA) received a new grant from the Australian Embassy in Vientiane for the renovation and improvement of facilities at the Vientiane Autism Centre (VAC) so that the AfA can provide better quality services to a greater number of children with autism in Lao PDR. Read more >>


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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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