Mr Cunningham spent eight years in the job before his contract expired in August and he did not renew it. He will stay in the role until the end of September, but after this week will return to Australia initially, then will divide his time between Phuket and his home country.
Applications for the job of Australia’s Phuket Honorary Consul closed on September 18.
The Australian Embassy in Bangkok said today (September 30) in a statement, “The assessment process for the applications may take several months.
“Suitable candidates will need to be interviewed, background checks need to be undertaken and the approval of the Australian and Thai governments will be required for the successful candidate. It is not possible to predict how long this process will take.”
The Embassy said that Australians in Phuket who require notarial or passport services can visit the Australian Embassy in Bangkok. Opening hours are 8.30am – 4pm weekdays and no appointments are necessary.
Australians with a consular emergency can contact the Australian Embassy in Bangkok on +66 2 344 6300 for assistance.