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The Australian Embassy in Cambodia
The Australian Government is pleased to announce the opening of an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Phnom Penh. The AVAC is located on the 10th floor, Phnom Penh Tower, Preah Monivong (St.93), Phnom Penh. From 11 March 2014, all applications for visas to Australia or applications for citizenship by descent should be lodged at the AVAC. Clients should attend in person in order to have their biometrics collected. More information is available here.
Western Australian Senate election 2014
An election for six new Senators for Western Australia will be held on Saturday 5 April 2014. In person voting will not be available at the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh. You can check if you are enrolled to vote in Western Australia, or you can enrol or update your enrolment details at aec.gov.au/wa-senate. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AWST Friday 7 March 2014. If you will be in Cambodia on election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia before you arrive. To see where you can vote or to apply for a postal vote visit aec.gov.au/overseas. For more information, visit the AEC website at aec.gov.au/wa-senate or contact the AEC via email (email@example.com) or telephone (+61 2 6273 8606).
Ambassador Alison Burrows
Since I arrived at the Embassy, I have met Cambodian alumni who have studied in Australia; groups of Australian volunteers who have arrived in Cambodia; and a range of Australian professionals – including doctors, teachers, lawyers and heritage consultants – who live in Cambodia or visit regularly, to work with their Cambodian counterparts.
It is these links between Australians and Cambodians which are shaping the new bilateral relationship.
The Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh works with the Royal Government of Cambodia across a wide range of cooperation projects. Our partnership has developed rapidly since the days of the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia twenty years ago.
The Australian Federal Police is here in Phnom Penh, working with the Cambodian National Police, to fight transnational crime. The Australian Defence Force runs a defence cooperation program with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces which, for example, seeks to coordinate regional maritime surveillance. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection, also represented at the Embassy, works with the Cambodian Government to build their capacity on border management.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid coordinates Australia’s development assistance program here in Cambodia. In recent years, the program has focused on health, rural development, infrastructure and justice. Under the Australia Awards scheme, moreover, Australia offers scholarships each year for Cambodians to study in Australia.
Past Cambodian graduates of the Australian scholarship programme are making important contributions in many fields, including the core areas of our bilateral cooperation. Many have risen to senior positions.
The significance of these scholarship programs and of the English language training programs goes well beyond academic attainment.
Cambodians and Australians are enthusiastically building a web of relationships between our two countries. We are building up our knowledge of each other’s country, opening our eyes, and discovering how we can cooperate together.
“In the past I had a narrow mind. When I studied in Australia, I met many classmates who came from many countries/nationalities. This opened my perceptions. In the past, I lived like a frog in the well; I didn’t know everything that happened in the world. When I lived abroad, I thought that it is so large, my negative thinking reduced. I think that it was a good impact for me.” (*)
This year, the Embassy wants to build closer connections with former Cambodian students in Australia – that is, alumni. We are seeking to build closer links between the Embassy and with alumni, and will be advertising events this year to bring alumni together, on this website.
(*) Australian Scholarships in Cambodia: Tracer Study and Evaluation