Australian Embassy in Myanmar
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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
The Direct Aid Program
Applications for the 2016-2017 Direct Aid Program are now being accepted.
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities, managed by the Australian Embassy in Yangon.
The program funds projects that provide direct benefits to those most in need in the local community, including vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. Our program is focused on livelihoods. Applications for capacity building projects, including in the areas of governance, economic development and human rights engagement, are also welcome.
Further information about the Direct Aid Program: Click here
Application Guidelines: Click here
Download the application form: Click here
Please address all applications and enquiries to DAP.Yangon@dfat.gov.au or deliver your completed application in hard copy to the Australian Embassy, located at 88 Strand Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon (corner of Seikanthar Street).
The closing date for applications will be 4:00 pm on Monday, 22 August 2016 (Yangon time). Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
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/AustralianEmbassyMyanmar.
A Training Partnership between the Australian Electoral Commission, IFES and the Union Election Commission in Myanmar
Australia is funding the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) to support the Union Election Commission (UEC) to develop a training program for polling officials who will operate the many polling stations across Myanmar during the elections on 8 November. Using a “train the trainer” cascade training model, the training of the first 200 trainers (cascade 1), directly provided by the AEC officials, is currently underway.
The UEC is committed to training all of its 81,000 polling station officials before Election Day.
For more information on the AEC/IFES Cascade Training for polling officials, please read article here.
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.
Press Release - Wednesday 4 February 2015:
Australian Policy: Operation Sovereign Borders
The Australian Government has introduced its toughest border protection measures ever, called Operation Sovereign Borders. Under the policy, anyone who comes to Australia illegally by boat without a visa will never be settled in Australia. The policy applies to everyone: families, children, unaccompanied children, educated and skilled. There are no exceptions to this policy.
The Australian Government’s policy is intended to deter people smugglers by denying them a product to sell and prevent tragic deaths at sea.