ASEAN-Australia Week

ASEAN-Australia Week (12-18 March 2018) was in the week leading into the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. It comprised a program of academic, educational, sporting and cultural events delivered by a range of non-government organisations. These events highlighted the depth and diversity of links between Australia and Southeast Asia, and showcased Australian institutions’ engagement with ASEAN countries. The Australia-ASEAN Council has played a major role in contributing funding to several ASEAN-Australia Week activities.

Date and Location Event

Fri 2 – Fri 9 March 2018

2018 ASEAN State of the Nation Event Series
Four curated business forums, syndicated to regional Australia.

  • 2 March – Sydney and Orange
  • 6 March – Melbourne and Warrnambool
  • 7 March – Brisbane and Townsville
  • 9 March – Perth and Bunbury

Mon 12 – Tue 13 March 2018
PwC Offices Bangaroo
Sydney, NSW

ASEAN-Australia Dialogue: Partnering for Security & Prosperity in Uncertain Times (Academic Conference)
The ASEAN-Australia Dialogue: Partnering for Security and Prosperity in Uncertain Times, is a unique conference with a policy-relevant focus, hosted by a consortium of Australia’s leading academic institutions, business and think tanks, to address contemporary multilateral issues, including shared economic, security and political challenges and opportunities.  

Mon 12 – Fri 16 March
Melbourne and Sydney
(Roundtable – Fri 16 March)

Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program
Thirty young social entrepreneurs from Australia and ASEAN will engage in a week-long program facilitated by Asialink.The Program will involve the A2ELP 2018 cohort and the 2017 alumni cohort.

Mon 12 March 2018
King and Wood Mallesons, 
Sydney, Australia

ASEAN 360°
Run by Asia Society Australia, this will be a holistic briefing on the region covering foreign policy and geopolitics, trade and investment and social issues shaping our region. Moderated by award-winning journalist Jewel Topsfield, panellists include Singapore’s Ambassador at large Chan Heng Chee, CEO of ANZ Bank Philippines Anna Green, and Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the University of Sydney Dr Aim Sinpeng.

Mon 12 March 2018
University of Sydney 
Sydney, Australia

The Future of ASEAN with Dr Marty Natalegawa
A public lecture by Dr Marty Natalegawa, former Foreign Minister of Indonesia. Dr Natalegawa will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations in an era of rapid geopolitical change. Co-hosted by the University of Sydney, Australian Institute of International Affairs, and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the lecture will be introduced by Dr Michael Spence AC, Vice Chancellor and Principal, the University of Sydney. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Dr Michael Vatikiotis. Register here.

Tues 13 March 2018
Sydney, Australia

Chairman's Breakfast
Join Asia Society Australia, Chairman Doug Ferguson at KPMG for this Chairman's Breakfast with Asia Society Global Co-Chair and Singapore's Ambassador-at-large, Chan Heng Chee. This Chairman’s briefing is the next in a series of curated meetings to deep dive into the critical issues of the day. One of Asia's top diplomats and the longest serving Singaporean Ambassador to the United States, who will provide key insights ahead of the ASEAN Special Summit in March.

Wed 14 March 2018
Domain Theatre,
Sydney, Australia
The 21st Biennale of Sydney is from 12 March-11 June 2018.

21st Biennale of Sydney 2018 – Australia-ASEAN Public Forum and Reception
Nine artists and one artist collective from Southeast Asia will be invited to participate in the 21st Biennale of Sydney alongside 70 other artists from across the globe. They will participate in a Public Forum and reception to celebrate and build skills of the artists. The reception will be held from 4-6.30pm on 14 March.
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Mon 12 March 2018
Sydney, Australia

SEAN-CSO Meeting
A meeting of the Southeast Asia Network of Civil Society Organisations (SEAN-CSO), will support expansion to include new members from across ASEAN countries. The meeting will encourage future dialogue between CSOs in the region on a broad range of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) issues.

Wed 14 – Thurs 15 March 2018
InterContinental Hotel
Sydney, NSW

ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC) Meeting and exclusive dialogue with AustCham ASEAN and Australia-ASEAN Business Council (AABC)
ASEAN BAC is mandated to provide private sector feedback and guidance to boost ASEAN’s efforts towards economic integration.  The Council has agreed to host its quarterly meeting in Sydney to coincide with the Special Summit – this is the first meeting to be held outside an ASEAN country.  The meeting will help raise the profile of Australia-ASEAN business groups and strengthen engagement between Australia and ASEAN business leaders.

Wed 14 – Thurs 15 March 2018
09:00 Wed – 17:00 Thurs
Doltone House, Pyrmont
Sydney, NSW

ASEAN-Australia Codeathon
Australia will host the ASEAN-Australia Codeathon, to deepen collaboration between financial intelligence units, banks, developers and other partners in the region to counter terrorism financing and enhance cyber security. The Codeathon will take the form of a competition engaging a broad range of public and private experts from the ASEAN-Australia region to collaborate on solutions to shared challenges. This will build on the outcomes of the International Financial Intelligence Units (FIU) codeathon in Malaysia (Nov 2017). This event is being organised by AUSTRAC.

Thurs 15 March 2018
Sydney, Australia

Digital Industry Group Incorporated (DIGI) Engage Forum

Engage: Challenging dangerous online narratives, a joint initiative between the Digital Industry Group Incorporated and Australian Government. It will bring together up to 150 young people (18-24) from across Australia and ASEAN countries to give them the inspiration, tools and platforms to counter online extremism. Media contact:

Fri 16 March 2018
Sydney, NSW

ASEAN-Australia Young Women Football Exchange
An international friendly match between an ASEAN country women’s under 19s team and the Australian women’s under 19s team.  A training camp for the teams and a week-long ASEAN Women’s Football Administrator Workshop will also be held during the week.

Wed 21 – Fri 23 March 2018
Equatorial Hotel
Penang, Malaysia

ASEAN-Australia Education Dialogue
AFG Venture Group is working with ASEAN and Australian partners to stage an event - The Education Dialogue will involve key education and training stakeholders and thought leaders from Australia and ASEAN. It will help strengthen the current links between Australia and ASEAN across key education sectors to enhance regional cooperation in education and training.

Wed 15 March 2018 
Sydney, Australia

ASEAN-Australia Youth Forum
A model ASEAN-style forum, with 60 high school students representing ASEAN Member States simulating a meeting between Australia and ASEAN. The forum, facilitated by Asia Education Foundation will involve discussions and presentations on key issues facing the region.

Wed 15 March 2018
ICC, Sydney, Australia

Practical Futures for Cyber Confidence Building in the ASEAN Region
This event will agree a set of policy recommendations (the ‘Sydney Recommendations’) on cyber confidence-building measures, derived from 4-5 online discussions with institutions from across ASEAN and Australia. Discussions will be held between December 2017 and February 2018. Recommendations will be presented at a public event during ASEAN-Australia Week.

W/C 12 March 2018
Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art
Brisbane, QLD

Southeast Asia-related exhibitions
The Long Story (12 August 2017 – 23 September 2018), GOMA: the Long Story explores themes and practices that have shaped the Gallery’s Asian and Pacific Art Collection.
Problem-Wisdom: Thai Art in the 1990s (16 September 2017 – 12 August 2018), Queensland Art Gallery. This exhibition showcases works by influential figures in the development of contemporary art in Thailand.

Wed 14 – Thurs 15 March 2018 
Swiss-bel Hotel,
South Brisbane, QLD

Dynamic Digital Citizenship: Young Social Entrepreneurs in ASEAN and Australia
This two-day workshop, run by Griffith University, will explore ways young social entrepreneurs can use new technologies to improve social outcomes for communities in the ASEAN region and QLD. It will involve 5 young social entrepreneurs from QLD and 8 from the ASEAN region, QLD government reps and Griffith University students.

Sun 18 March
Sydney Opera House

Asia Education Foundation BRIDGE Program alumni event. Asia Education Foundation will host a function for alumni of the BRIDGE teacher exchange program at the Sydney Opera House.