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Indonesia-Australia skills relationship to grow

Monday, March 13 2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball’s address at the Indonesia Australia Business Week (IABW) dinner left attendees in no doubt as to the importance of the relationship between our two neighbouring countries.

While attending the IORA (Indian Ocean Rim Association) Summit with other world leaders in Jakarta last week, the PM took time out to meet with IABW delegates and to praise President Joko Widodo who recently visited Australia. The President has prioritised the development of Indonesia’s vocational sector and the expansion of training in industry based skills, by establishing policies to greater align industry’s skill needs and economic growth.
Led by Minister Steven Ciobo, the 120-strong Australian business delegation visited a total of five cities and a range of trade, investment, vocational education and tourism events.

As the largest group with over 30 delegates, the vocational stream was pleased to hear of Minister Ciobo’s plans for a policy framework to help Australian providers train Indonesia’s future workforce in-country. Citing VET as being at the epi-centre of negotiations underway for the Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IACEPA), Minister Ciobo also declared education and training as the area of greatest complementarity between our nations.

Also leading the Australian Government presence was Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews, who was keen to hear from Australian education providers about how to address any challenges experienced in working in Indonesia.

Following the success of IABW, ACPET participants are now well placed to explore how the Australian education sector can adapt models for the Indonesian market and so forge new partnerships to work within Indonesia to build skills.

Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull 

VET stream delegates

Hon Steven Ciobo MP


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