ASEAN-Australia Week 12-18 March 2018

Media Release
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 11:30

Today marks the beginning of ASEAN-Australia Week – the week leading into the ASEAN‑Australia Special Summit on 17-18 March 2018.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional grouping of 10 Southeast Asian countries that promotes economic, political, security and social cooperation among its members.

The Special Summit is an unprecedented opportunity to reinforce Australia’s strategic partnership with ASEAN and deliver tangible economic and security benefits to Australia.

ASEAN-Australia Week will be made up of academic, educational, sporting and cultural events to celebrate Australia’s important relationships with ASEAN and its member countries.

Key events during the week include:

  • ASEAN-Australia Dialogue: Partnering for Security and Prosperity in Uncertain Times, 12-13 March. Funded by PwC Australia and a joint initiative by the Australian National University and other Australia’s leading academic institutions, the Dialogue will focus on addressing contemporary multilateral issues, including shared economic, security and political challenges and opportunities. Media contact:
  • Digital Industry Group Incorporated (DIGI) Engage Forum: Engage: Challenging dangerous online narratives, 15 March. A joint initiative between the DIGI and Australian Government, this forum brings 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:
  • ASEAN-Australia Young Women Football Exchange, 16 March. A training camp and international friendly match between the Young Matildas U19 team and their counterparts from Thailand, who are the ASEAN champions. Media contact:
  • ASEAN-Australia Codeathon, 14-15 March. Hosted by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), the Codeathon will help identify people involved in terrorist financing by improving collaboration between ASEAN and Australian financial regulators and private banks. Media contact:

These events will highlight the depth and diversity of links between Australia and the ASEAN region, showcasing the enthusiasm of Australians and Australian institutions about the opportunities that come from engaging with Southeast Asia.

Many of the events have received funding through the Australia-ASEAN Council.

Further information on all ASEAN‑Australia Week activities can be found at ASEAN‑Australia Special Summit website.

Media contacts: 

ASEAN-Australia Special Summit Taskforce Communications and Media: (02) 6152 3733