Victoria's relationship with South East Asia
South East Asia is a diverse and economically dynamic region, with a total population of over 600 million people. Victoria enjoys strong relationships with Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries. The growth of the region's 'consuming class' and associated demand for the quality food and fibre, education, and professional services for which Victoria is renowned provides a strong basis for our trade and investment partnerships with the region to develop further.
The South East Asian region is already a key destination for Victorian exports. South East Asia is a major market for Victorian dairy, grain, meat and temperate fruit, and is a significant source of tourists and international students, with Vietnam alone representing our third largest source of international students after China and India. Australia's free trade agreement (FTA) with the ASEAN region and bilateral FTAs with Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand have supported the continued growth in trade between Victoria and South East Asia.The Victorian Government maintains a strong presence in South East Asia through its Victorian Government Business Office in Kuala Lumpur, which was established in 2008. A Victorian Government Business Office in Singapore has opened, increasing Victoria's presence and supporting the growth of investment, trade and people to people links.
Indonesia is rapidly emerging as a regional and global economic power. To help support Victoria's engagement with Indonesia, the Victorian Government opened a Victorian Government Business Office in Jakarta in 2014. This office is responsible for increasing market opportunities in trade and investment, business partnerships, government relations and people to people exchanges.
Indonesia is Victoria's ninth largest merchandise export market and is the third largest export market for Victorian food products. Indonesia is an increasingly important market for Victorian education and training providers, ICT, tourism and health care. Indonesia is also a major source of petroleum and other industrial goods for Victoria.
Bilateral relations between Victoria and Indonesia continue to develop and strengthen thanks to strong efforts from Government and organisations from the two regions. The Hamer Scholarships Program is an initiative that supports Victorians to study Indonesian in country, and helps to build people to people links between the two regions.