ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards Initiative
The ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards Initiative was first announced at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit held in Sydney in March 2018. The Special Summit was the first time Australia had hosted ASEAN leaders as a group, marking a new era in the ASEAN-Australia strategic partnership.
The then Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, announced the initiative at the Special Summit alongside 14 other initiatives, all aimed at expanding political and economic linkages between ASEAN and Australia and strengthening regional security and prosperity.
This initiative seeks to raise awareness on the role of international standards and address the key factors which enable and inhibit digital trade across ASEAN and Australia.
2022 Fellowship Program
Standards Australia is facilitating a Fellowship Program to connect emerging digital trade professionals in ASEAN with established mentors. By doing so, we seek to facilitate enhanced knowledge sharing and the use of international standards to further develop the potential of digital trade opportunities within the region.
Building on the last three years of the ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards (ASEAN-AU DTS ) Initiative, the Fellowship Program will align leading experts in international standardisation with emerging professionals in the digital trade space across ASEAN. Through the program, mentors and participants will have the opportunity to become key facilitators of digital trade action plans within the region. Mentors and fellows will have hands on support from Standards Australia throughout the program as they develop standardisation action plans to unlock a digital trade opportunity in ASEAN through standards. Along with this project, mentors and fellows will engage in a series of upskilling workshops and attend an in-person showcase event to promote their work as changemakers in the regional digital trade standards framework.
The Fellowship Program supported the Fellow cohort to develop Action Plans to realise a digital trade standards opportunity and delivered the following workshops:
||30 August 2022
||14 October 2022
||28 October 2022
|JTC1 Plenary Briefing Session
||10 November 2022
|Professional Upskilling - Digital Trade
||17 January 2023
|Inclusivity in Digital Trade
||31 January 2023
|Personal Brand Workshop
Applications for the Fellowship Program are open until August 30th 2022, you can apply here.
2021 Work Program
Standards Australia lead a set of workshops through 2021 in collaboration with ASEAN National Standards Bodies (NSBs) and their stakeholders to progress the work achieved to date.
These workshops engaged and trained AMS and ASEAN sub-fora on increased engagement in international standardisation related to key digital trade areas (and as a means for progressing NSBs’ work in driving the adoption and use of digital trade standards in AMS). In line with internationally agreed good standardisation practice, the progress and coordination workshops focused on three key components of: i) standards development; ii) stakeholder engagement; and iii) international participation.
Workshops in 2021 included:
More information on the full work program of the initiative can be found here
Past activities include:
Year 1 - 2018
Year 2 - 2019
- June 2019: Workshop 1, Singapore (Report)
- September 2019: Workshop 2, Phnom Penh (Report)
- November 2019: Workshop 3, Jakarta (Report)