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Australia-Vietnam Strategic dialogue


Australia and Vietnam held our annual senior officials-level Strategic Dialogue in Hanoi on 21 November.

The talks were constructive and candid, covering a number of key issues of mutual interest.  Both sides emphasised their commitment to further strengthening and deepening the bilateral relationship across the board.  The two sides exchanged views on the regional strategic outlook; on issues of international security, such as counter-terrorism, ISIL, cyber security and maritime security; and on regional and international economic integration. Read more here


Australia acknowledged for supporting microfinance program for the poor

Capital Aid Fund for Employment of the Poor (CEP) is the largest Microfinance Institution operating in under the management of the Labour Confederation of HCMC. CEP’s core microfinance services are provision of savings and loan products for livelihood and housing construction and improvement activities for the poor.

To acknowledge the contribution and on-going support from the Government of Australia for CEP, on the occasion of 25 years anniversary on 30 October 2016, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour and Ho Chi Minh City People Committee presented a Medal and Certificate of Acknowledgement to DFAT’s representatives.  Read more here

Australian Embassy launches Gender Month

Australia and Vietnam have a close partnership on security related issues, including in the areas of defence, law enforcement and immigration.  But this is an area where women are still under-represented and which presents particular challenges for women in Vietnam.

To discuss some of these issues and mark the start of the Australian Government’s second annual Gender Month in Vietnam, the Australian Embassy invited two leading Vietnamese women, Dr Nguyen Thi Thanh Hai (an Australian alumnus and now lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh Political Academy) and Lieutenant Colonel Tran Kim Nguyet (International Relations Department, Ministry of Public Security) to share their experiences on the challenges for women working in the security-related sectors. Read more here.

Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs in the Asia Region Law Enforcement Managements’ Sights

Twenty five Police Officers from Asia, Australia, the Middle East and the Netherlands travelled to Ho Chi Minh City for the 41st Asia Region Law Enforcement Management Program (ARLEMP), with the theme of combatting Transnational Organised Crime and Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs (OMCGs,) last month.

The program was the  first program of its kind in Vietnam to focus on up skilling law enforcement managers and leaders in preventing and investigating OMCG threats to our local communities. The program aimed to build participants’ confidence in preventing, detecting, and disrupting serious organised crime linked to OMCGs, while strengthening international collaboration in the field. Read more here

Vietnamese mangoes land in Australia

In a new milestone for Australia-Vietnam agricultural cooperation, the first consignment of Vietnamese mangoes was exported to Australia on 17 September.  Consumers living in the city of Perth will this week be able purchase the mangoes, originating from Cao Lanh, Dong Thap Province.

Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr Craig Chittick, has welcomed this trade development.

“I am delighted that Australian consumers will now be able to enjoy Vietnamese mangoes which will complement the Australian mango season with northern hemisphere product,” said the Ambassador. Read more here

Annual Evaluation Learning Symposium 

The Annual Evaluation Learning Symposium, organised by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/Vietnam) in partnership with the Australian Embassy and other donors, was an opportunity to bring together the development community in Vietnam to share experiences and learn lessons. Understanding what works and what doesn’t is important for helping us to better tailor our support to help Vietnam in its development. It’s also critical to enable us to help communicate the value of our work to others. Read more here

Australia launches Humanitarian Strategy and new innovation challenge

On 19 August 2016 the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop launched the Australian Government’s Humanitarian Strategy which aims to strengthen international humanitarian action, particularly in the Indo-Pacific; reduce disaster risk; support for preparedness and enable early recovery effective response. The Minister also launched Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade’s Humanitarian Supplies Challenge, which is a $1 million investment by the Australian Government in new and innovative relief supplies to support communities in the region immediately after a crisis.

Australian "Futurist" talks about global mega-trends

Thinking about how the world is changing and how to plan for an uncertain future is what Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, a “Futurist” from Australia’s Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation, does for a living.  Dr Hajkowicz has identified seven major geopolitical, environmental, economic, social or technology shifts which will change the way people live.  During a recent visit to Hanoi (as well as Kuala Lumpur and Singapore), Hajkowicz challenged his audiences to think about these global megatrends and the challenges and opportunities they present. Read more here

Australia - Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue

Australian and Vietnamese officials discussed a number of issues of mutual interest and concern, including legal reform, rule of law, protection of freedoms and human rights, protection of the rights of vulnerable groups and bilateral and multilateral cooperation, during their 13th annual senior-officials level Human Rights Dialogue on 4 August.

  • Australian Statement on the 13th Australia-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue

    Australia and Vietnam held their 13th Annual Human Rights Dialogue in Hanoi on 4 August 2016. The two sides had a candid and constructive exchange of views on a wide range of human rights issues. 

    Australia commended Vietnam for significant poverty reduction and continued progress on the realisation of social and economic rights. The two sides exchanged views on the importance of gender equality and social inclusiveness, and on the shared need to urgently address domestic violence. Australia welcomed Vietnam’s recognition of transgender people in the recently revised Civil Code and noted the valuable contributions of the vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex civil society in both countries. 

    Australia expressed concern regarding ongoing restrictions on civil and political rights, including freedom of expression, association and assembly.  It reiterated its serious concerns about the harassment, arrest and detention of peaceful human rights activists.  Australia requested the release of all persons detained for peacefully exercising their freedom of expression and raised particular cases of concern. It also requested access to visit such persons and to be allowed to observe trials.

  • New Colombo Plan
    The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to increase the number of Australians studying part of their degree in the region to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Asia and build people-to-people ties. The Plan provides Australian students with the opportunity to study at local universities for up to one year, as well as options for students to undertake internships with local businesses as part of their studies. We are seeking registration from interested companies and organisations to provide internship and mentorship opportunities for Australian students in Vietnam. As a registered member of the New Colombo Plan Internship and Mentorship Network, businesses and other host organisations can access a diverse talent pool and support students in obtaining professional experience in the region. Please register here. For more information, please visit the New Colombo Plan Business Engagement site or contact the New Colombo Plan Secretariat on

  • A Declaration on Enhancing the Australia-Viet Nam Comprehensive Partnership
    Viet Nam and Australia have built strong relations on the basis of mutual respect and interest. The relationship contributes to the peace, stability, cooperation and development of each country as well as the region and the world. Since establishment of diplomatic relations in February 1973, Australia and Viet Nam have developed a substantive, positive and mutually beneficial economic, political and security relationship, reinforced by warm and expanding people-to-people links. This Declaration on Enhancing the Australia-Viet Nam Comprehensive Partnership expresses the wish of our countries to look for opportunities to expand relations further in a mutually beneficial way.

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