The Australian Embassy is headed by Australia’s Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Embassy staff come from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Trade Commission, the Department of Defence, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Australian Federal Police, and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. They work in the following sections:
The Political Section is staffed with officers from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Section:
- Monitors political and human rights developments in Myanmar and represents Australia’s interests to the Myanmar Government
- Discusses regional strategic and security issues with the Myanmar Government, including as they relate to ASEAN and the East Asia Summit
- Supports the Australian Government’s people smuggling and anti-trafficking in persons policies, including through management of the Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons development assistance program
- Manages the democratic governance development assistance program and Direct Aid Program
Economic and Development Section
The Economic and Development Section is staffed with officers from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Section:
- Manages Australia's bilateral and multilateral development assistance program in Myanmar
- Consults with the Myanmar government, and other development partners as appropriate, on the design and implementation of Australia’s development cooperation program in Myanmar
- Supports humanitarian assistance activities in Myanmar
- Promotes and reports on bilateral economic relations including improved access to Myanmar markets
- Advances Australian foreign, trade and other policy interests using the media and public events
- Through public diplomacy, projects a positive, accurate and contemporary image of Australia and what it can offer Myanmar
- Promotes education and scholarship programs
Consular and Administration Section
The Consular and Administration Section is staffed with officers from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Section:
- Provides consular assistance to Australians in accordance with the Consular Services Charter
- Issues passports to Australian citizens
- Provides a range of other documentation services to Australians
- Provides administrative support for the Embassy (financial, personnel, property)
The Australian Trade & Investment Commission (Austrade) Office in Yangon:
- Provides a comprehensive mix of information and customised services to help Australian companies do business with Myanmar and to understand local regulations and business practices
- Provides practical on-the-ground advice and support for Australian companies investing in Myanmar
- Helps Myanmar buyers source Australian goods and services, and outlines what is available for international students who would like to study at our excellent educational institutions
- As the first national point-of-contact for all international investment enquiries, Austrade assists investors by providing the information needed to establish or expand a business in Australia
For further information please E-mail: [email protected].
The Defence Section is staffed with uniformed and civilian employees from the Australian Defence Organisation. The Section:
- Manages bilateral military contacts and exchanges
- Promotes regional and global security through transparency and mutual understanding
- Monitors security and defence sector developments in Myanmar
- Consults with the Myanmar military on defence and security issues
For further information, please visit www.defence.gov.au
Immigration and Border Protection Section
The Immigration and Border Protection Section is staffed with officers from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the Australian Border Force (ABF).
The Section assesses visa applications for people in Myanmar wishing to visit Australia for study, business or tourism and also supports other Australian visa offices processing other visa applications from applicants in Myanmar
The Section also cooperates with the Myanmar Government on customs, immigration, civil maritime security and other border related matters.
For further information on immigration and border protection matters and requirements please go to www.border.gov.au
*Please note, visa applications are no longer lodged directly at the Embassy. For information on lodging an application, please contact the Australian Visa Application Centre (VFS Global) on +95 9 791 089 461 or +95 9 791 089 462, from 8:30AM to 4:30PM Monday to Friday or send an email to: [email protected].
Police Liaison Section
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) are the primary law enforcement agency of the Australian Government and has important responsibilities in the international, national and local spheres.
The AFP is a progressive and multi-faceted law enforcement agency taking a strong lead in the fight against 21st century crime. Regional cooperation and the ongoing threats from transnational organised crime including narcotics, money laundering, victim crime (trafficking and child exploitation), financial crime, corruption and the threat of terrorism drives our international cooperation and capacity building assistance particularly in the region.
By employing the core principles of prevention, deterrence, partnership, and innovation, the AFP strives to build a more secure future for Australia and its global partners. The AFP has a strong commitment to international relations which drives interagency collaboration and enables transnational crime to be tackled anywhere. The AFP is a truly global policing agency committed to staying one step ahead in a rapidly evolving criminal environment. Through its network of strategically deployed Liaison Officers throughout the world, the AFP has a pro-active capacity to combat the increasing complexity and sophistication of criminal activity which has become more global by nature.
The AFP and Myanmar Police Force share a long history of cooperation in the fight against transnational and organised crime across the region. The AFP has been represented in Myanmar since 1999 and the AFP undertakes liaison with Myanmar law enforcement and associated agencies on a range of transnational organised crime matters. The AFP and Myanmar Police Force share a strong and committed partnership, working closely to counter regional narcotics trafficking and other organised crime threats and share best practice through ongoing capacity development activities which has included the provision of training across a range of transnational crime area to more than 450 Myanmar Police Force members.
The Australian Federal Police is represented in Myanmar by a Senior Liaison Officer, who represents the interests of Australia and the AFP on matters of law enforcement and includes regional responsibility for maintaining strong links with Laos and Bangladesh law enforcement.
Local Telephone: 1251810 ext 113
AFP Switchboard (24hrs via Australia): +61261313000
Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research Section
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), as part of the Australian development assistance program, assists and encourages Australian scientists and institutions to use their skills to develop solutions to agricultural problems in developing countries. ACIAR supports the Government of Myanmar and its goals on agricultural development. ACIAR research priorities in Myanmar are:
- Increasing net production of food and cash incomes of rural households in the Central Dry Zone and Ayeyarwady Delta through improvements in and adoption of production and post-harvest technologies in agriculture, including livestock and fisheries;
- Building capacity in agriculture, livestock and fisheries research through program activities and post-graduate and short-term training including fellowships and support for training courses; and
- Providing technical assistance and advice to relevant Myanmar Government departments for policy strengthening