ASEAN people-to-people links
ASEAN's proximity to Australia means its countries and peoples are part of the fabric of Australian society. Nearly one million Australians claim Southeast Asian ancestry and are an asset in understanding regional cultural and business norms and forging lasting business relationships.
Australia is an increasingly popular choice for ASEAN students seeking a world-class education, with close to 100,000 students from ASEAN countries studying in Australia in 2016
The Australian Government is supporting over 13,500 Australian undergraduates between 2014 and 2018 to do programs in ASEAN countries through the New Colombo Plan. This is forming a new generation of Australians who have business-ready skills, experience and cultural awareness to operate in the region.
Australia is also a highly attractive destination for ASEAN visitors, with 1.3 million people holidaying, doing business, studying or working in Australia in 2016–17.
This is our region — we're geographically close with strong people-to-people links and long histories of cooperation
International student numbers in Australia, 2016 — Member countries' shares of ASEAN total
A leading source of short-term visitors, 2016–17
New Colombo Plan
The New Colombo Plan involves a scholarship program for study of up to one year and internships or mentorships, and a flexible mobility grants program for both short and longer-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research.
* Mobility student numbers are subject to amendment by Australian universities.
* 2018 scholarship round outcomes will be announced in late November 2017.