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Southeast Asia

People connections with Southeast Asia

The Australian Government has established cultural councils, internships, scholarships and short courses, mounted awareness raising public diplomacy campaigns and facilitated Australians volunteering abroad, all measures designed to strengthen and celebrate our people-to-people connections in Southeast Asia.

Australia-ASEAN Council

The AAC's mission is to increase knowledge and promote Australia's interests in Southeast Asia by initiating and supporting activities to enhance understanding and links between people and institutions in Australia and 10 countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

More about the Australia-ASEAN Council.

Australia-Indonesia Institute

The Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) was established in 1989 to foster links between Australia and Indonesia by increasing cultural awareness and mutual understanding and promoting cooperation and exchange. The AII was responsive to the COVID-19 operating environment, having pivoted its flagship and annual grants programs to support online delivery and maintain continuity of AII activities.

The AII, along with the Australia-ASEAN Council, are the two Foundations, Councils and Institutes for the Southeast Asian region.

More about the Australia-Indonesia Institute.

The New Colombo Plan

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.

More about the New Colombo Plan.

Australia Awards

Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and short courses offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.

More about the Australia Awards.

Public diplomacy

Australia's public diplomacy is raising awareness overseas of our country as a great destination for tourism and education, an advocate for global trade liberalisation, and a trusted citizen of the Indo-Pacific region.

More about Australia’s public diplomacy.

Sports diplomacy

Australia is a successful global leader and innovator in sport. We are known as an active and healthy sporting nation, producing a broad range of athletes and sports administrators with integrity and character.

More about sports diplomacy.

Man in a group photo with eleven girls showing a thumbs up hand sign.
A Young Socceroo joins in to help at a soccer training clinic for girls. Photo credit: Football Federation Australia.

Australian Volunteers Program

The Australian Volunteers Program has been significantly impacted by COVD-19. While the opportunity for volunteers to travel has been reduced, the program will continue to contribute to the Australian Government's development cooperation program.

More about the Australian Volunteers Program.

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