The South East Asia region covers the key markets of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. South Australia has a sister-state relationship with West Java in Indonesia which links the two regions for growth in trade and investment.
A new trade and investment office will be established in Singapore in May 2021, that will provide South Australian companies with key, in-market access across this major distribution hub.
In January 2021, the bilateral relationship between Australia and Malaysia was elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP). This builds upon the Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA), which came into force in January 2013.
Direct flights between South Australia and Kuala Lumpur make the region easily accessible and both regions have a long history of engagement in education, with a number of partnerships between the state’s universities and Malaysian institutes.