The BGA Australia Team, led by Managing Director Michael “Mick” McNeill, wrote an update to clients on Australia’s investment drive into ASEAN.


  • Four key themes animated the summit: trade and investment, climate and clean energy transition, maritime cooperation and emerging leadership. Albanese affirmed the Australian government’s commitment to ASEAN centrality and declared “Southeast Asia is where Australia’s destiny lies.” Australia’s two-way trade with ASEAN member states in 2022 exceeded AUD 178 billion (US$115.9 billion), surpassing Australia’s two-way trade with Japan and the United States. Still, Australia’s Southeast Asia economic strategy advocates for greater Australian investment in the region.


  • Albanese announced initiatives that fulfill recommendations from “Invested: Australia’s Southeast Asia Economic Strategy to 2040,” which was launched last year. The strategy is a plan to build on regional trade agreements, including the recently upgraded ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
  • Details of the first business mission under the $19.2 million Australia-Southeast Asia Business Exchange were announced. Other initiatives include an AUD 2 billion ($1.3 billion) Southeast Asia Investment Financing Facility, AUD 140 million ($91.2 million) to extend the Partnerships for Infrastructure Program and AUD 222.5 million ($145.2 million) for the Mekong-Australia Partnership.


  • Companies should look for opportunities to participate in the first mission to Singapore and Malaysia in April, which will focus on driving trade and investment in the clean energy transition.
  • Australian businesses can expect on-the-ground support to boost technology services exports to Southeast Asian markets through regional technology “landing pads” in Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City.

We will continue to keep you updated on developments in Australia as they occur. If you have any comments or questions, please contact BGA Australia Managing Director Michael “Mick” McNeill at

Best regards,

BGA Australia Team