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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomes ASEAN leaders ahead of the historic ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018

ASEAN-AUSTRALIA Special Summit 2018

On 17-18 March 2018, the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, will welcome the Leaders of the Member States of ASEAN and the Secretary-General of ASEAN to the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit.


Learn why Australia is hosting the #ASEANinAus Special Summit in Sydney, 16-18 March 2018

ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards

On Friday at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, the Australian Government announced the ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards joint initiative. 

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18 March, 2018
Today at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, Australia announced the ASEAN-Australia Smart Cities initiative to foster collaboration on smart city development and promote regional economic integration.
18 March, 2018
The Leaders’ Meeting here today at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, really historic moment in our deepening and strengthening relations with our neighbors.
18 March, 2018
At the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018, the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon.
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

Students from ASEAN countries are studying in Australia
$12.4 billion
Agri-food two-way trade in 2016
$2.5 trillion
ASEAN combined GDP in 2016
1.3 million+
ASEAN visitors to Australia in 2016-17
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