Australian Consulate-General
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Address: 20th Floor, Vincom Center, 47 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Telephone: +84 8 35218 100, Facsimile: +84 8 35218 101

Veterans Day Service 2015 – 18 August

Services at and access to the Long Tan Cross are subject to Vietnamese Government approval.

The Australian Consulate-General has sought approval to conduct a Vietnam Veteran's Day service at 1530 hours on Tuesday 18 August 2015. All visitors should note that they will require permission to access the site. The Long Tan Cross is located within a privately operated working rubber plantation. Rubber trees have a limited production life and are required to be replaced periodically. Trees have recently been cleared from the area surrounding the Long Tan Cross and replacement saplings have been planted along with a temporary crop of cassava. Care should be taken not to damage the saplings or cassava plants. It is suggested attendees bring an umbrella in the event of rain/sunshine. Information on arrangements for visiting the Long Tan Cross site and obtaining permission is available at the following website.

A cross was first erected on the site in 1969 when the 6th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, which fought in the Battle, was on its second tour of duty. The original cross was later removed by the Vietnamese and is now on display at the Dong Nai Museum, Bien Hoa. A replica now stands on the same site.

In recognition of local sensitivities visitors should conduct themselves with appropriate decorum. Continued approval for ceremonies of this nature by local authorities is also on the condition that no medals or uniforms are worn.

For all visitors, please register with local authority of Dat Do district People’s Committee at:
Fax number: +84 64 3688 245 (from outside Vietnam)
                     064 3688 245      (from inside Vietnam)

Australian Consul General Celebrates Vietnamese Journalists' Day 

On 19 June 2015, Australian Consul General John McAnulty hosted a casual lunch with Ho Chi Minh City-based journalists from a range of media outlets to celebrate Vietnamese Journalists’ Day. The event was held in recognition of the important role that journalists play in Vietnamese society, and to show the Australian Consulate-General’s appreciation for the journalists’ cooperation and assistance throughout the year.

Australian Consul General Mr John McAnulty (middle), Consulate-General staff and Ho Chi Minh City-based journalists


Australian Government Grants Assist Disadvantaged Infants and Children in Khanh Hoa Province

On 2 April 2015 the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City, working with the VinaCapital Foundation, provided vital medical equipment to the Khanh Hoa General Hospital’s new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This life-saving equipment was funded by an Australian Government Direct Aid Program (DAP) grant worth VND988 million (AUD58,427), the largest ever funded by the Consulate-General.

The equipment will allow Khanh Hoa General Hospital to provide critical care to infants and children in need of hospital-based life support systems. Khanh Hoa General Hospital is the regional referral centre for seven provinces, and this increase in its capacity will play a significant role in the continuing efforts to reduce mortality for children in Khanh Hoa and the surrounding provinces.

Please click here to view the full version of this media release.

Australian Consul General John McAnulty sees DAP-funded medical equipment in use at the Khanh Hoa General Hospital.


Australian Consulate-General Celebrates Awarding of Aid Grants

HCMC, 7th January 2015. The Australian Consulate-General celebrated the awarding of funds through its Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2014-15 with an official signing ceremony in HCMC. DAP recipients, local authorities and media from 11 southern cities and provinces attended the event. The Australian Consulate-General awarded grants to 14 projects in 2014-15 in a wide range of sectors from community healthcare to small-scale infrastructure projects. Further funds have also been awarded under the DAP through the Australian Embassy in Hanoi.

Please click here to view the full version of this media release.

The Australian Consul General with recipients of DAP 2014-15

Australian Consul General visits Dak Lak

From 18 to 19 November the Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, John McAnulty visited Dak Lak Province in the central highlands. During this trip, he visited Vina Macca company, which received Australian support to introduce the first macadamia tree (famous and delicious nuts) to Vietnam. John McAnulty also spent time at Simexco, one of the leading coffee and pepper export companies in Vietnam, to learn about sustainable practices in Vietnam’s coffee industry. The Consul General also took the opportunity to meet with Australian alumnus who live and work in Dak Lak.

The Australian Consul General visiting a coffee farm in Dak Lak province


Screening of Australian film focused on women's empowerment

On 15 October the Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City hosted a film event at the District 3 RMIT campus. Local government officials joined Consulate staff for pre-show networking drinks before enjoying the Australian musical comedy film ‘Goddess’. As well as showcasing great Australian wilderness, cityscapes, cuisine, and creative industries, the film also highlights the challenges our societies are facing as we strive for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The film invites us all to consider the role we can play in our families and workplaces to enable the women around us to become ‘Goddesses’, fulfilling their aspirations both in their family roles and in their careers.


The Australian Consul General (right) urges everyone to involve in women’s empowerment activities

Australian Government grants assist disadvantaged children in Ho Chi Minh City 

On 17 and 18 September 2014 the Australian Consul General John McAnulty visited two Ho Chi Minh City organisations who received grants under the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP). Disadvantaged children at Binh Loi Social Center can now enjoy an upgraded playground, toilets and kitchen funded by DAP grants. And more than 60 children with disabilities at Thien Phuoc Center for Disabled Children have access to better treatment through new therapy and educational equipment funded by DAP. 

Applications for the 2014-15 DAP closed on 10 October 2014.

The Consul General smiles with a kid at Thien Phuoc


Australian Consul General visits Australian Aid projects in Quang Nam & Da Nang

From 5 to 7 August 2014 the Australian Consul General John McAnulty visited three organisations in Quang Nam Province and Da Nang City who recently received development grants through the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP). In 2013-14 the Australian Consulate General awarded grants to 11 projects in a variety of sectors from healthcare to education and small-scale infrastructure projects in central and southern Vietnam.  

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Consul General and a pupil reading a Braille book printed by the Braille machine funded by the Direct Aid Program

DAP handover ceremony at Oncology Hospital

On 29th May Australian Consul General John McAnulty visited the HCMC Oncology Hospital to celebrate the purchase of medical equipment through Australian Government funding. The equipment, including radiation therapy equipment, is expected to benefit thousands of cancer patients and their families in the coming years.  Mr John McAnulty had a chance to see the medical equipment in operation. He expressed his appreciation to the hospital staff and an Australian volunteer for their passion for the wellbeing of the patients. This was the first visit to this year’s DAP (Direct Aid Program) projects for which the Australian Consulate General donated AUD130,000 of funding to 11 projects in southern and central provinces.


Australian Consul General John McAnulty (front line, 4th from left), Management Boards of Radiotherapy and Radio-physicist Departments and Radiation Oncology Staff members.


Australian expert delivers ‘Future of Health’ and
‘Nutrition and Preventative Health’ events for World Health Day

To celebrate World Health Day, on April 07, Professor Lynne Cobiac, the Director of the Preventative Health Flagship at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, delivered a seminar ‘Future of Health’ for students and academics at Ho Chi Minh City’s Medicine and Pharmacy University.

The ‘Future of Health’ seminar discussed how to reduce demand for health services through preventative health, as well as increasing efficiency of health systems through use of ICT (Information Communication Technology) platforms and use of data to create learning health systems.

There is a strong history of collaboration between Australian and Vietnamese individuals, organisations, and academic institutions in the health field. Professor Cobiac’s visit to Ho Chi Minh City has provided further opportunities to enhance ties between Australia and Vietnam, particularly through research opportunities on health issues of relevance for both countries. 

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Australia at the forefront to empower women and girls 

Australia recognises that one of the best ways to promote economic development and growth and to achieve stronger communities and societies is to empower women and girls. As such, the Australian Government gives priority to gender equality and women’s empowerment in our foreign policy and in our overseas aid program, with over 50 per cent of the aid budget spent on initiatives to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

“Women and girls drive our economy, they build peace, political stability and progress. Investing in women and girls means prosperity for everyone,” said Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja in her 2014 International Women’s Day message.

To view Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls International Women’s Day 2014 message, please go to:

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News: Australian Foreign Minister to visit ASEAN Nations to Strengthen Regional Relations

Trade, investment, regional security and education cooperation will be the key priorities during my visit to Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Cambodia from 16 to 21 February.

In this 40th anniversary year of Australia-ASEAN relations, I will meet with senior government and business leaders to discuss bilateral trade and investment opportunities.

In Malaysia I will meet with alumni of the former Menzies Government's Colombo Plan program and discuss opportunities for Australian students to study and gain work experience in businesses abroad under the Coalition Government's $100m New Colombo Plan.

I will meet members of the business community to promote trade and investment relations with Malaysia, our ninth largest trading partner.
In Vietnam, I will meet with senior government figures in Hanoi to advance Australia's economic diplomacy agenda and visit the Australia-Vietnam Joint Trans-National Crime Centre in Ho Chi Minh City.

While in Vietnam, I am looking forward to meeting with a number of women's networks supported by the Australian Government, to focus on women's empowerment and foster economic development through sustainable farming systems.

Please click here to read the full version of this media release.


News: New Colombo Plan to transform relations with the region

10 December 2013 - Today marks the launch of the pilot program for Australia's New Colombo Plan, a signature Australian Government initiative to send undergraduate students to countries across the region to learn, build friendships and strengthen ties with our Indian Ocean Asia-Pacific neighbours.

The Government has committed $100 million in new funding over five years to implement the Plan. The New Colombo Plan Secretariat has been established in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to further develop and implement the new program, working with the Department of Education to deliver the awards.

Please click here to read the full version of the media release. 


News: Manus transferees urge others not to travel by boat

22 August 2013 - In a new video Iranian transferees at Manus Island tell of their heartbreak at realising people smugglers had lied to them and they will never be settled in Australia. They talk about their experiences and tell others not to take the risk of travelling to Australia by boat.

A ninth group of asylum seekers subject to the new Regional Settlement Arrangement has been transferred to Papua New Guinea (PNG) on 22 August. They have been sent to PNG for assessment and, if found to be refugees, will be settled there. Transfers will continue on a regular basis and will include women, children and unaccompanied minors in due course as appropriate arrangements are made.

Please click here to watch the video.


Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust was established at the 2011 CHOGM in Perth to celebrate The Queen's sixty year contribution to the Commonwealth. Further information HERE.


Passport/notarial services

Client services provided on a fee-paying basis are available during the following hours:

09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Monday to Friday (Closed Public holidays)

Passport applications may be lodged by appointment only.

Notarial and documents services are provided on a ‘first come first served basis’.

Please note queuing times may be lengthy.

For prompt service please ensure you have all necessary supporting documents with you before you attend the Consulate. 

Travel advice

Applications for the Australian Government's Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2014-15 have been closed 

DAP Guidelines - English

DAP Guidelines - Vietnamese

DAP Fact Sheet

DAP Application Form - English

DAP Application Form - Vietnamese


Please note that for operational reasons the application process and relevant deadlines are different for the programs administered by the Australian Embassy and Australian Consulate-General. For information about the Direct Aid Program related to the Australian Embassy visit


Please note: Airport style security screening is in place at the Australian Consulate-General.
As a condition of entry to the Consulate, visitors will be asked to turn off their mobile phones, and leave all cameras, computers, recording devices, other electronic equipment, sharp or dangerous objects, cigarette lighters, oils and liquids with the guards for collection when departing the Consulate.





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