Southeast Asia's bilateral relationship with Victoria
Victoria enjoys strong relationships with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries. The growth of the region's 'consuming class' and associated demand for the quality food and fibre, healthcare, 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 Southeast Asian region is already a key destination for Victorian exports, growing by A$1.1 billion in 2022 in comparison to calendar year 2021 and 58% compared to calendar year 2020. Southeast Asia is a major market for Victorian wheat, dairy, grain, meat and beef, and 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.
Victoria’s Southeast Asia Trade and Investment Strategy
The Victorian Government's Southeast Asia Trade and Investment Strategy to help business expand to Southeast Asia was released in 2018. For more information visit:
Australia’s Southeast Asia Economic Strategy to 2040
The Federal Government's Southeast Asia Economic Strategy to help boost greater trade and investment between Australia and Southeast Asia was released in 2022. For more information visit:
Victorian Trade and Investment Offices
The Victorian Government has offices in Jakarta (est 2014), Kuala Lumpur est (2008), Singapore (est 2017), and Ho Chi Minh City (est 2021), which play a vital role in the facilitation of trade, investment, education and innovation, as well as the establishment of people to people links and bilateral relations between the two regions.
Free trade agreements
- Singapore-Australia (SAFTA) – 28 July 2003
- Thailand-Australia (TAFTA) – 1 January 2005
- ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA)
- Malaysia-Australia (MAFTA) – 1 January 2013
- Indonesia- Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) – 5 July 2020
- Singapore-Australia Digital Economy Agreement (DEA) – 8 December 2020
- Singapore-Australia Green Economy Agreement - 18 October 2022
- Hamer Scholarships Program supports Victorians to study Indonesian in Indonesia
- Victorian Government and the Yogyakarta Special Region Government - MoU aiming to increase cultural, educational and innovative exchange between the two jurisdictions, signed in May 2017,
- Victorian Government and Ho Chi Minh, largest city and economic hub of Vietnam, signed MoU to deepen cooperation across a range of areas including trade, investment, technology and education, in May 2022
- Victoria and West Java - A Letter of Intent (LOI) to enhance friendly cooperation between the two regions, signed in October 2022
- Enterprise Singapore and the VGTI SEA established an Action Plan for collaboration, which is renewed annually and sets out events and activities for each year
- Enterprise Singapore’s GIA Acceleration Programmes: A network of Singapore and overseas partners in major innovation hubs and key demand markets, with a focus on technology and innovation. The programme accelerates market entry of companies through workshops, mentorships and connections with potential clients and partners.
- Monash University established its campus in Indonesia in February 2020
- Deakin University, working with Lancaster University, plans to establish a joint campus in Bandung
- RMIT Vietnam was established in 2000 and has educated thousands of Vietnamese students in 2 campuses in Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi, and an English language centre in Da Nang
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Southeast Asia enquiries
contact Holly Butler
Interim Commissioner for Southeast Asia
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