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Welcome to the home page of the Australian Embassy in Myanmar. The following pages include information about services for Australian travellers overseas, advice about immigration and visas, information about Australia's foreign policy and development assistance programs, and general information about Australia.
This website also contains links to other websites which outline the roles and responsibilities of the different agencies and departments of the Australian government.
We would welcome any comments or suggestions you might wish to make about this website and the information it contains.
The Australian Embassy is now located in Vantage Tower.
Vantage Tower, 623 Pyay Road, Yangon, Myanmar +95 1 230 7410
www.myanmar.embassy.gov.au AusEmbMyr/files/rang/Myanmar 2020 Country Profile.pdf
The 2019 Australian Federal Election
Voting will be available at the Australian Embassy (level 12 Vantage Tower, 623 Pyay Road, Yangon) on 9-10 May and 13-18 May Between 10am-2pm. Please do not bring excessive baggage or any travel luggage. Photo ID is not required to vote but will help avoid delays passing through building security.
Notice for Australian Citizens
The 2019 Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 18 May 2019. If you are an eligible Australian citizen living overseas you can still participate but you need to be enrolled.
To enrol, check or update your enrolment details visit www.aec.gov.au. The deadline for enrolling or updating your details for the federal election is 8pm, Thursday 18 April 2019 (Australian time in the electorate you’re enrolled).
Early voting will begin on Thursday 9 May 2019 – voting will be available at the Australian Embassy in Yangon between 10am – 2pm weekdays and Saturday 18 May. Alternatively, you can apply for a postal vote online now at www.aec.gov.au.
If you are overseas and unable to vote, complete an overseas notification form and return it to the AEC. Being overseas is a valid reason for not voting.
Information in other languages can be found at www.aec.gov.au/translated.
Australia Awards scholarships 2020 intake
Applications for the Australia Awards scholarships 2020 intake are now open! Applications close on 30 April 2019 (11:59pm Canberra time / 8:29pm Yangon time).
Apply online through the OASIS system: http://oasis.dfat.gov.au. Please note that the OASIS system operates best on Internet Explorer.
Australia Awards Myanmar scholarships are for Masters-level study in Australia. For PhD enquiries, please search for Endeavour Scholarships.
In Myanmar, applicants are required to be 25 years or older at 30 April 2019. Applicants are also required to have a minimum of 2 years of work experience.
Australia Awards scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders for development. Through study and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia.
Details will be posted shortly for information sessions in Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and regional areas.
Applicants are assessed on their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to positively influence Myanmar’s development.
Upcoming information sessions:
Mandalay: Hotel Mandalay, Saturday 9 February, 1:30-3:30pm
Taunggyi: Royal Taunggyi Hotel, Sunday 10 February, 2-4pm
Yangon: Sule Shangi-La Hotel, Tuesday 12 February, 2-4pm
Nay Pyi Taw: M Gallery Nay Pyi Taw, Friday 15 February, 9am-12pm
Mawlamyaing: Royal Hin Thar Hotel, Sunday 17 February, 10am-12pm
For more information:
Country Profile 2020: click here
Sample application form (pdf): click here
Sample application form (doc): click here
Referee report template: click here
Scholarships Policy Handbook: https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/aus-awards-scholarships-policy-handbook.pdf
Media Release on Myanmar and the Rohingya crisis - 23 October 2018
The recent UN Fact-Finding Mission found that war crimes, crimes against humanity, and likely genocide had occurred in Rakhine State.
In response, the Government of Australia has decided to impose targeted financial sanctions and travel bans against five Myanmar military officers responsible for human rights violations committed by units under their command.
Australia will continue to support the humanitarian needs of those affected, and to work with Myanmar and our partners in the region to encourage efforts towards a long term and durable solution to the crisis.
Media enquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media release: Myanmar and the Rohingya crisis, 23 October 2018
The Direct Aid Program
Applications for the 2018-2019 Direct Aid Program have now closed.
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) offers funding for projects that provide direct benefits to those most in need in the local community, including vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. In Myanmar our program is particularly focused on livelihoods.
Learn more about the program.
Humanitarian assistance for Myanmar and Bangladesh - 9 September 2017
Australia is deeply concerned by the escalating violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar and the resulting humanitarian crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
We call for restraint by the Myanmar authorities, for the protection of civilians, and for unfettered access to be granted to humanitarian workers.
We recognise the heavy burden placed on Bangladesh as a result of the conflict. The United Nations estimates that over 270,000 people have now crossed the border in order to escape violence in Rakhine State.
Australia will provide up to $5 million to help respond to the crisis. Our assistance will contribute to life-saving food being provided to up to 300,000 people.
Australian support in Bangladesh will be provided through the World Food Programme and the International Organisation for Migration. In Myanmar, Australia will work with the Red Cross movement to reach those affected by the conflict.
This funding will bring Australia’s assistance for Rohingya and affected communities in Myanmar and Bangladesh to over $50 million since 2012.
Australian Government statement on the situation in Rakhine State - 5 September 2017
Australia is deeply concerned by the escalation in violence in Rakhine State, including disturbing reports that civilians have been targeted and villages burned down.
We acknowledge Myanmar is dealing with a serious security challenge in Rakhine State following attacks on government forces on 25 August, which have been claimed by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army. We condemn all such violent attacks.
We urge all sides to exercise restraint and respect human rights. We reiterate our call for proportionality, the protection of civilians and an end to the use of violence.
We welcome the Government of Myanmar’s commitment to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches all communities in need and without putting people at further risk. Aid needs to flow quickly to vulnerable communities.
The events in Rakhine State underscore the urgency of implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State as fully and quickly as possible. Australia stands ready to support Myanmar’s efforts in this regard.
Australian Embassy statement on situation in Rakhine State - 29 August 2017
Australia strongly condemns the attacks against government security forces in northern Rakhine State. We offer our condolences to the victims and their families. Appropriate measures to bring the perpetrators to account should be taken. Violence will only worsen the many development, human rights and security challenges facing Rakhine State.
We urge respect for law and order and an end to the use of violence. It is important that civilian populations of all communities are protected and that all responses are proportional.
Violence is not the solution to Rakhine State’s challenges. Recent developments underline the need for long-term solutions. We have commended the Government of Myanmar for establishing the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State and we welcome its commitment to implement the Commission’s recommendations to the fullest extent and within the shortest timeframe possible. We support these efforts to restore stability, peace and hope to all people in Rakhine State.
Fee increases for Passports
Passport fees will increase in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as of 1 January 2018. The new fee schedule is available on the Australian Passport Office’s website. Please note fees must be paid in US Dollars in cash.
Fee increases for Notarial Services
There will be an increase in notarial fees from 1 January 2018. The new fee structure will better align with the commercial rates charged by public notaries. The new fee schedule is available here.
MEDIA RELEASE - Friday 2 September 2016:
More Australian students to study in Myanmar
85 Australian undergraduate students will study and undertake work placements in Myanmar in 2017 through the Australian Government’s flagship New Colombo Plan education program.
“Students from five Australian universities will study a broad range of subjects including community legal education, architecture and political economy” said Ambassador Nicholas Coppel, Australian Embassy Yangon.
“New Colombo Plan mobility students will return to Australia with new insights and understanding about Myanmar and new friendships that will last a lifetime,” Ambassador Coppel said.
New Colombo Plan 2017 mobility projects in Myanmar will see Australian students visiting Yangon Technological University and University of Yangon. Students will study in the fields of architectural design, legal English, and Myanmar’s Political Economy.
“These are exciting projects that demonstrate the many opportunities for Australian students to deepen their academic and life experiences through study and work placements in Myanmar”, Ambassador Coppel said.
The New Colombo Plan is an initiative of the Australian Government to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the region.
For more information on the New Colombo Plan, visit www.dfat.gov.au/new-colombo-plan or follow @NewColomboPlan
Official Facebook page of the Australian Embassy in Myanmar
The Australian Embassy in Myanmar now has an official Facebook page. Like, Share and Comment with us at https://www.facebook.com/AusEmbMyr.
Humanitarian assistance to Myanmar
The Australian Government will deploy a package of humanitarian relief supplies to those displaced by flooding and landslides in Myanmar following Cyclone Komen.
In partnership with the Myanmar Government, Australian non-government organisations and the United Nations, Australia will provide family kits comprising kitchen sets, bedding, clothing, mosquito nets, hygiene kits and school supplies.
This assistance builds on the $2 million package announced on 5 August and brings Australia’s total contribution to $3 million in response to a request from the Government of Myanmar.
Australia will work with Save the Children, CARE Australia and UN partners to provide 300,000 people with temporary shelter, safe drinking water and health care. We are also supporting emergency reproductive health services for those impacted by the natural disaster.
The Australian Government will continue to work closely with the Myanmar Government and partners to ensure that our humanitarian assistance is meeting the needs of the most affected communities.
Media release: Additional humanitarian assistance to Myanmar, 7 August 2015
Media release: Humanitarian assistance to Myanmar, 5 August 2015
Implementation of Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC)
From 18 May 2015 applications for visas to Australia will need to be lodged at the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC), Yangon. See Implementation of AVAC.
Announcement from Mr Nicholas Coppel, Australia's new Ambassador to Myanmar
I am pleased to introduce myself as Australia’s new Ambassador to Myanmar.
Australia has a longstanding bilateral relationship with Myanmar – we have had a continuous diplomatic presence in Yangon since opening the Embassy in 1952. Sixty-three years later, the relationship continues to grow and evolve.
Responsible and ethical trade and investment between Australia and Myanmar is on the rise, supported by Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) office at the Embassy. Through expanding education links including through the Australia Awards scholarship program and the New Colombo Plan, people to people links between our countries continue to grow.
Australia remains committed to supporting democratic and economic reform in Myanmar, for the benefit of the Myanmar people. Through our development assistance program, we will continue to provide support for Myanmar’s political, economic and social development, including in education, systems of governance and for the all-important peace process.
Our cooperation now extends to a modest defence cooperation program, in the fields of humanitarian and emergency response and peacekeeping; and police-to-police engagement supported by the Australian Federal Police office at the Embassy which focuses on counter-narcotics, combating human trafficking and transnational crime.
I look forward to furthering Australia and Myanmar’s relationship during my time as Ambassador.