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.
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.