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Australia Day 2020 - Family Event in Ho Chi Minh City

The Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City held the annual Australia Day Community Event on Saturday 11 January 2020. The event celebrated Australia’s national day, bringing together Australians living in Vietnam, Australian alumni, our Vietnamese friends and their families, and the broader Ho Chi Minh City community.

 The Australia Day Community Event ran from 12.00pm to 5.00pm at RMIT Saigon South Campus in District 7.

Australian Consul-General Ms. Julianne Cowley shared, “We are proud to host this 4th annual community event to share Australian cuisine, sports and culture with families and friends in Ho Chi Minh City. We look forward to a great time celebrating Australia Day with the community here.”

The Australia Day Community Event featured classic Aussie dishes prepared by local hotels, restaurants and Australian chefs. Food and beverage partners included the Al Fresco’s Group, Caravelle Saigon, Heart of Darkness, Le Meridien Saigon, Meatworks, Mekong Merchant, Park Hyatt Saigon, Perfetto Coffee, Platinum Beer, RADA Vietnam, Sofitel Saigon Plaza, and Tribe Hospitality Group.

There were sports and games, including tug of war, sack races, cricket, Australian Rules Football and a slip & slide. There were also live entertainment throughout the day, a bouncy castle, face-painting, kids’ area and much more!

Guests  had a chance to win fabulous prizes through best dressed competitions – attendees were encouraged to come along wearing their best Aussie outfits such as thongs, boardies, singlets & stubbies or something green and gold.

Entry was free for everyone - registration was essential through the Australia in Vietnam event Facebook page:

The Australian Consulate-General thanked all event sponsors for their generous support, including Bluescope NS, the Norfolk Group, RMIT, ANZ, TMA Solutions, CPA Australia, and many more.

Media enquiries:  

Ms Trang Nguyen, Public Diplomacy Officer, tel: 3521 8100 ext 134 or [email protected]


Gender Equality Conference 2019

The Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City, together with the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (AusCham), hosted a Gender Equality Conference on 22 October 2019 at the Caravelle Hotel from 8.30am to 4.30pm. Following the Women Conference in 2018, this event brought together senior decision-makers from the private sector to promote women’s economic empowerment and gender equality, and engage men as allies in achieving these goals.

This event enhanced participants’ understanding of the importance of gender equality in leadership and the importance of women’s presence in organisations. At the Conference, leading CEOs of businesses in Vietnam signed on the Vietnam Panel Pledge to commit to challenge the absence of female speakers at events.

We were also pleased to have gender advocate Madam Ton Nu Thi Ninh, former Vietnamese Ambassador to the EU, as the Conference keynote speaker. Atttendees had a chance to listen to high profile speakers, engage in discussion in Q&A sesssion and enhance professional links through networking sessions.

Australian Consul-General Ms Julianne Cowley shared, “The empowerment of women and girls is a priority for the Australia Governement, and a key focus of Australia’s economic partnership with Vietnam. Gender equality is crucial to reinforce Vietnam’s economic dynamism and ensure its future prosperity. The McKinsey Global Institute estimated that equality for women can add $40 billion to GDP in Vietnam annually by 2025. Over the next three years, we intend to build momentum to embed everyday gender equality practices. I hope by signing the Vietnam Panel Pledge, business leaders will take active steps to involve more women and women’s leadership in their organisations”.

Pre-purchased tickets were essential. Interested audience should register online through Conference partner AusCham Vietnam: Tickets can be purchased on the day unless sold out previously.

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Further information:

Registration fee is VND200,000 including tea-breaks and lunch

Caravelle Hotel: 19-23 Cong Truong Lam Son, Ben Nghe, District 1, HCMC

McKinsey Global Institute – The Path to Parity: An Asia Pacific Overview, April 2018

Information about AusCham can be viewed at


Taste of Australia 2019

The Australian Embassy and Consulate-General in Vietnam hosted the fourth Taste of Australia program in May 2019. Taste of Australia is the annual celebration of Australian  cuisine, culture and lifestyle throughout Vietnam, led by Taste of Australia Ambassador, Australian celebrity chef Luke Nguyen.

Taste of Australia 2019  targeted Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang and Nha Trang, and  included community BBQs, a twilight cinema event, gala receptions featuring performances by Australian singer Deni Hines, a NOSH Supperclub Dinner prepared by five leading Australian chefs working in Ho Chi Minh City, a public food and wine show, and the fourth annual Taste of Australia Culinary Competition.

Taste of Australia 2019 also showcased Australia now ASEAN 2019, the Australian Government’s flagship public diplomacy program. Last year, Australia now celebrated the vitality, diversity and capability of youth across Southeast Asia, including in Vietnam.

Ambassador Craig Chittick said, “Taste of Australia showcases the best that Australia has to offer and brings this to the whole of Vietnam. It is a partnership between the Australian Government and Australian and Vietnamese producers, distributors, retailers, restaurants, and organisations”.

The third annual Taste of Australia in 2018 was a huge success, with 130 partners and sponsors supporting a diverse range of events across the country.

For more information and updates about these events and many more across Vietnam during May, visit the Taste of Australia Facebook page (

For further information about Australia now ASEAN 2019, visit Australia Now website (