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2014 Victorian State election
the Victorian State election will be on Saturday 29 November 2014.
All Australian citizens over the age of 18, living in Victoria, must enroll and vote.
Please note: Postal vote applications will be available from Wednesday 5 November. Also, ballot packs cannot be mailed until Monday 17 November onwards - once printed ballot material is available.
In Victoria enrolling and voting is compulsory.
In-person voting will be facilitated at:
the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City
Floor 20, Vincom Centre,
47 Ly Tu Trong Street,
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Wednesday 19 November to Friday 27 November
9:00am to 4:00pm each afternoon
On 28 November, Polls will close at 5:00 pm.
Please note voting services will NOT be available at the Australian Consulate-General on Saturday 29 November 2014.
If you are unable to attend a voting centre on election day, you can apply for a postal vote.
You can collect a postal vote application form from any election office or Australia Post office in Victoria from Wednesday 5 November. A ballot pack will be then mailed to your designated address from Monday 17 November onwards.
For more information on the 2014 Victorian State election, please access VEC website: https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Elections/2014VictorianStateelection.html
Australian movie to empower women
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.
Please click here to view the full version of this media release.
Consul General and a pupil reading a Braille book printed by the Braille machine funded by the Direct Aid Program
VETERANS DAY SERVICE 2014 – 18 AUGUST
Long Tan Cross
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 Monday 18 August 2014. All visitors should note that they will require permission to access the site. As there are no covered areas at the Long Tan Cross site it is suggested attendees wear sunscreen and a hat and bring an umbrella in the event of rain. In the event of rain it will be muddy underfoot. Information on arrangements for visiting the Long Tan Cross site and obtaining permission is available at the following website:
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 been recently cleared from the area surrounding the Long Tan Cross and temporarily replaced with cassava plants to regenerate the soil prior to the planting of new rubber trees. As a result there is reduced standing space and it will be necessary to stand among the cassava plants. Care should be exercised to minimise damaging the plants.
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)
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.
Please click here to read the full version of this media release.
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:
Please click here to read the full version of this media release.
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.
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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.
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Applications for the Australian Government's Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2014-15 have closed
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 http://www.vietnam.embassy.gov.au/hnoi/cooperation.html
ATTENTION ALL VISITORS TO THE AUSTRALIAN CONSULATE-GENERAL
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.