Australian Consulate-General
Phuket, Thailand

About Us

About Us

The Australian Consulate-General Phuket is Australia's official diplomatic mission in Phuket, with accreditations to the provinces of Phang-nga and Krabi.  The Consulate-General works closely with the Australian Embassy in Bangkok.  

The Consulate-General was officially opened in August 2017 by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.  Prior to the Consulate-General's opening, Australia's interests in Phuket were handled by Honorary Consuls Mr Larry Cunningham OAM and later Ms Michelle Hawryluk.  In 2015 the Australian Government announced that its presence in Phuket would be upgraded from an Honorary Consul to a full Consulate-General, reflecting the strength of the Australia-Thailand bilateral relationship and the number of Australians travelling and residing in Phuket.

Under a bilateral agreement between the Government of Canada, the Australian Consulate-General provides emergency assistance services to Canadian citizens. Emergency situations include arrest or detention, crime and/or accidents, international child abduction and custody cases, repatriation and  illness and hospitalisation. For Canadians, notary services and passport services will continue to be provided by the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok.   


Mr Matthew Barclay

Mr Barclay is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was previously First Secretary, Australian Embassy, Jakarta.

He has previously served overseas as a political adviser in Afghanistan and on two occasions as a defence adviser in Timor-Leste. In Canberra he has served in the Consular Operations Branch and the Malaysia Brunei and Singapore Section.

Mr Barclay holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Education from Edith Cowan University.

Public Holidays in 2023

Monday 2 January New Year’s Day (in lieu of 1 Jan)
Friday 7 April Good Friday
Thursday 13 April Songkran Festival
Friday 14 April Songkran Festival
Monday 1 May Labour Day (Thai)
Monday 5 June H.M. the Queen's Birthday & Visakha Bucha Day (in lieu of 3 Jun)
Monday 12 June Birthday of the Sovereign
Friday 28 July H.M. the King’s Birthday
Monday 14 August H.M. the Queen Mother's Birthday & Mother’s Day (in lieu of 12 Aug)
Monday 2 October Labour Day (Aust)
Tuesday 5 December H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great’s Birthday, National Day & Father's Day
Monday 25 December Christmas Day
Tuesday 26 December Boxing Day
Wednesday 27 December Additional DFAT Holiday