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The Sydney Declaration

A Joint Statement of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit

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18 March, 2018
Australia and the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will work together to shape a more secure and prosperous region.
18 March, 2018
Australia and ASEAN are committed to working together to shape a secure and prosperous region through greater cooperation on increasingly complex regional challenges including cyber, maritime cooperation and people trafficking.
18 March, 2018
Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders have agreed to intensify their shared work to shape a more secure and prosperous region.
MoU signing
Historic agreement to enhance regional security

Counter-Terrorism MoU

The Prime Minister and ASEAN Leaders witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation to Counter International Terrorism, an historic agreement between Australia and ASEAN. The MoU strengthens our cooperation to combat terrorism, counter terrorism financing and counter violent extremism. 

Flags of ASEAN nations
Complementing bilateral relationships


Working with ASEAN complements Australia’s substantial bilateral relationships with the countries of Southeast Asia.

ASEAN is one of Australia’s top three trading partners, representing around 15 per cent of Australia’s total trade. The region offers increasing opportunities, with deepening regional integration through Free Trade Agreements and stronger ties seeing significant prospects for business.


Fast Facts

$2.5 trillion
ASEAN combined GDP in 2016
$12.4 billion
Agri-food two-way trade in 2016
685 million
ASEAN's predicted population in 2022
$93.2 billion
Australia's total trade with ASEAN in 2016