Program partners

The Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) generates opportunities for Australian business, education, science and innovation and the arts to work with partners in South-East Asia. The Council's mission is to increase knowledge and promote Australia's interests in Southeast Asia by initiating and supporting activities designed to enhance awareness, understanding and links between people and institutions in Australia and South-East Asia.

Australia now

Australia now is an initiative of the Australian Government celebrating Australia’s creative excellence, diversity and innovation. We are honoured that the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be our hosts this year.

Australia now ASEAN 2019 builds on the deep and long-standing ties between Australia and ASEAN member countries. This year’s program will focus on engaging and celebrating the vitality, diversity and capability of youth across Southeast Asia.

Australia now will engage youth through an exciting and dynamic program. Highlights include culinary showcases, film festivals and youth forums on smart cities, connectivity and issues of regional significance.

Asialink is Australia's leading centre for the promotion of public understanding of the countries of Asia and of Australia's role in the region. We are a key provider of information, training and professional networks. Our purpose is to build an Asia-capable, deeply Asia-engaged Australia through thought leadership and innovative programs that build knowledge, skills and partnerships.

As Australia’s National Centre for Asia Capability, Asialink Business provides tailored solutions to help businesses seize the potential of diverse Asian markets. Asialink Business will deliver a workshop on cultural intelligence as part of the program. This will provide the intellectual tools and communication strategies for participants to collaborate with peers from the region, build international networks and scale up their social ventures across Australia and Southeast Asia in the future.

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching and engagement. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 ranked the University as number one in Australia and number 32 in the world.