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The Australian Embassy in Cambodia
Visitor and Medical Treatment Visas
From 23 March 2013 the Australian Government intends to introduce significant changes to Visitor and Medical Treatment visas. More information is available here.
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.” (i)
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.
(i) Australian Scholarships in Cambodia: Tracer Study and Evaluation