Australian Consulate-General
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Australia Day 2018 - Family Event in Ho Chi Minh City

The Australian Consulate-General will be holding its second Australia Day community event in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday 28 January 2018, showcasing the best Australia has to offer and celebrating Australia in Vietnam.

The event will be held at the RMIT Saigon South Campus in District 7 from 13.00-18.00.

There will be plenty of interactive sports activities and games, live entertainment and Aussie food and beverages for the whole family!

Tickets will go on sale from 20/12 at the following vendors:

Caravelle Saigon, Business Centre
2nd Floor, 19-23 Lam Son Square, District 1

Mekong Merchant
23 Thao Dien, District 2

Meatworks Butchery
401 Pham Thai Buong H11-2, My Khanh 3, Tan Phong Ward, District 7

Tickets are also available at the gate but tickets are limited so we encourage pre-purchase to avoid disappointment.
*Australia Day Family Event is open to everyone.

Australia strengthens education links with Vietnam through the Australia-ASEAN BRIDGE project

27 Sep 2016

2016 marks the first time Vietnamese schools are participating in the Australia-ASEAN BRIDGE School Partnerships Project (BRIDGE), which aims to assist teachers from across ASEAN to improve their teaching capability and language proficiency, and gain new pedagogical and ICT skills by pairing them with Australian teachers. There are 5 Vietnamese primary and secondary schools participating in 2016; Le Ngoc Han primary school in Ho Chi Minh City is one of these selected schools. Consul at the Australian Consulate-General, Ms. Erin Leggat, recently visited this school to see how the project is being implemented and to meet with its selected teacher for the program, Ms. Ho Duong Chau and her Australian partner teacher, Mr Prithiviraj Boodhun. Ms Chau had recently returned from a 12-day professional learning program in Australia, while Mr Raj was visiting Vietnam for two weeks to work with the BRIDGE teachers and schools.

Consul Erin Leggat (centre) with Ms Chau, Mr Raj and the Principal and Vice-Principal of Le Ngoc Han primary school.

Australia assists Development of the Vietnamese Healthcare Sector

16 Sep 2016

The Australian Government is proud to support the development of the healthcare sector in Vietnam, and assist medical professionals to enhance their knowledge and capacity. Consul at the Australian Consulate-General, Ms. Stephanie Rae, recently visited a Direct Aid Program (DAP) project at the Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City. Through DAP the Australian Government funded the purchase of optometric equipment which will be used by the University’s optometry students to both develop their skills and knowledge, and provide low-cost optometry services to low-income residents through their on-site optometry clinic. This is what makes the Australian Government’s DAP program so unique – small funds can make a big difference!

Ms. Stephanie Rae, Consul at the Australian Consulate-General (third left) and representatives of Pham Ngoc Thach University

Australia in the Mekong Delta

29 Aug 2016

Last week the Australian Consul-General Ms. Karen Lanyon visited the Mekong Delta for the first time. In this region Australia has been building strong people-to people links through business and investment, skills and technology transfer, and development assistance. Ms Lanyon visited the range of Australia’s work in the region, in fields such as infrastructure development, with the construction of the Cao Lanh Bridge (2011-2018, AU$160 million), Direct Aid Program (DAP) grants, agriculture and aquaculture research and technology development through businesses such as Austfeed and Viet-Uc Seafood, and Australia and Vietnam’s thriving educational relationship through research collaborations with Can Tho University and alumni engagement.

Australian Consul-General Ms Karen Lanyon (middle) and the Cao Lanh Bridge construction management team

Australia supports Fashion Diplomacy in Vietnam

11 July 2016

The Australian Consulate-General supported the first international fashion colloquia in Vietnam, RMIT’s “Producing Fashion – Made in Vietnam”, last week in Ho Chi Minh City. Consul-General Karen Lanyon hosted the colloquia’s launch reception with local and international fashion industry leaders on 4 July, while Australian – Vietnamese designer Leroy Nguyen participated in the colloquia’s panels and workshops, bringing his experiences of Australia’s dynamic fashion industry and world-class fashion education to Vietnam. The colloquia, the first of its kind in Vietnam, invited different perspectives from local and global entrepreneurs, designers, craftspeople, academics and others to engage in conversations about the nature and development of the Vietnamese fashion industry.

Fashion Colloquia launch July 16

Australian Consul-General, Ms. Karen Lanyon opened the Fashion Colloquia launch reception

Australian Government Provides Safe Drinking Water for 200 Kindergarteners

24 July 2015

On 24 July the Australian Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City, Mr John McAnulty, visited Tan An Kindergarten in Can Duoc district, Long An province. Tan An Kindergarten was provided a grant under the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) to install a water treatment system to provide clean drinking water to the more than 200 kindergarteners at school. Access to clean water will greatly improve the health and learning environment of the children.

Consul General Mr John McAnulty meets the children of Tan An Kindergarten


Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan launches in Ho Chi Minh City 

17 July 2015

The Australian Consulate-General hosted a reception to launch the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan in South Vietnam on the evening of 17 July. The New Colombo Plan supports Australian university students to undertake studies or internships in Asia-Pacific countries, forging greater links between Australian and Asia-Pacific people, universities and businesses, and supporting even closer engagement between Australia and the region into the future.

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Australian Consul-General Mr John McAnulty with New Colombo Plan students from the University of Adelaide, James Cook University and RMIT.


 Australia shares documentary making expertise with Vietnam

10 July 2015

Associate-Professor Dr Trish Fitzsimons, a prize-winning Australian documentary film-maker, delivered a workshop on ‘Documentary making – Australian experiences’ to Vietnam Television (VTV) and Ho Chi Minh Television (HTV) directors, film makers and reporters in Ho Chi Minh City on 10 July 2015.

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Australian Consul General Mr John McAnulty, Associate Professor Trish FitzSimons and Deputy Director-General VTV Regional Centre Ho Chi Minh City Mr Doan Minh Tuan open the ‘Documentary making – Australian experiences’ workshop


Australian Consul General Celebrates Vietnamese Journalists' Day  

19 June 2015

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

2 April 2015

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.

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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

7 January 2015

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.

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 The Australian Consul General with recipients of DAP 2014-15


 Australian Consul General visits Dak Lak

18 November 2014

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

15 October 2014

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

17 September 2014

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.

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

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

5 August 2014

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

29 May 2014

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

7 April 2014

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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40th anniversary of diplomatic relations


Australia and Vietnam have a 40-year partnership marked by friendship and cooperation in many areas. The relationship continues to grow and has a bright future. Vietnam is the Australia International Cultural Council’s (AICC) focus country program for 2013. The program will showcase Australia’s creativity and diversity and creates a platform for future exchange and collaboration.

40th anniversary program events and information