The Australia-ASEAN Business Council (AABC) is developing a new website as part of its exciting revitalisation program.

The AABC is revitalising as the premier regional VOICE representing the interests of Australian and ASEAN companies operating in Australia and across more than one ASEAN country.

Our purpose is ‘Advancing Australia-ASEAN Business’ – trade, investment and ‘doing business’ – by promoting the importance of Australia-ASEAN business relations, and advocating the need for easier, more effective ways of doing business to Australian and ASEAN business leaders and policy makers.  We have a regional approach to representing our members whilst respecting the unique differences of individual countries.

We do this by working with our member companies operating in Australia and across ASEAN, and drawing on our key relationships with Australian and ASEAN governments, ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN Business Advisory Council, as well as industry bodies, research institutions and community across the region.

We act to support the needs and ambitions of our members through regional advocacy, network, intelligence and promotion activities. Our members and executive are both Australian and ASEAN, with a focus on present and next generation businesses and leaders.

Our executive team driving this revitalisation are:


Eleanor Mak (Venturenauts)

Immediate Past President

John Connor

Vice President

Bryan Clark (Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

Vice President

Peter McKenna (Venturenauts)

View the video of the 3rd Australia-ASEAN Entrepreneurs’ Business Forum 2019 Highlights:3rd AAEBF 2019 Highlights

See 3rd Australia-ASEAN Entrepreneurs’ Business Forum, 2 December 2019: 3rd Australia-ASEAN Entrepreneurs Business Forum 2019 – 26 November 2019 – Program

See Introduction to AABC flyer (PDF)

See President’s Message – June 2018

Regional attractiveness of ASEAN and Australia

Today, the regional economic architecture involving Australia and ASEAN is changing significantly. In addition to ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and other bilateral agreements between Australia and ASEAN countries, the ASEAN Economic Community was launched in 2015 and other regional agreements are likely to be finalised soon, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


Attractiveness – diversity and growth

  • 10 member countries – Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam
  • 7th largest economy in the world – fast growing
  • 600 million people, fast expanding middle class
  • GDP more then US$ 2 trillion, economic growth around 5%

See Why ASEAN and Why Now ? (Joint Austrade and DFAT publication 2015) – (pdf)

Reference Materials

Right Approach to the Massive ASEAN Opportunity (Full Article) (P McKenna, July 2017)

ASEAN Economic Integration Brief, No. 1, June 2017 (ASEAN Secretariat, June 2017)

ASEAN Connected Report (Export Council of Australia and HSBC, 2017)


Attractiveness – innovation and resilience

  • 12th largest economy in the world –over 25 years of uninterrupted economic growth
  • 23 million people,
  • AAA sovereign risk profile
  • GDP more than US$ 1.2 trillion, economic growth around 3%

See Why Australia: Benchmark report 2016 (Austrade publication) – (pdf)

Reference Materials

National Trade Survey Report 2016 (Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2016)

Activities and Events

Events hosted or supported by the AABC.



Asialink Business – Emerging Opportunities of ASEAN – Wannaroo Business Breakfast Series, 20 March 2018.  Register Here.

AABC Events During ASEAN-Australia Week:

Asialink’s annual State of Nation: ASEAN  (multiple cities) event:



ASEAN Business Advisory Council:  ‘Prosperity for All Summit 2017 ‘, 28 April 2017, City of Dreams, Manila, Philippines.  Read more.

1st Exclusive Dialogue with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, 29 April 2017, City of Dreams, Manila, Philippines

Australia-ASEAN Business Council and the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council:  Formal signing of MOU, 29 April 2017, City of Dreams, Manila, Philippines.  Read press release.



AANZFTA General Review:  Consultation submission to DFAT by 12 May 2017.  Please contact to find out how you contribute to our submission.


Pilot Australia-ASEAN Business Cluster Roundtable, Brisbane (more information coming soon)




ASEAN@50 Conference and Commemorative Dinner 4 August 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


ASEAN Business Advisory Council’s ASEAN Business Awards 2017, 6 September, Manila, Philippines.  Event and nomination details here.

2nd ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival, 5-7 September 2017, Manila, Philippines (more information coming soon)

3rd ASEAN Economic Integration Forum 2017, 14-15 September 2017, United Nations Convention Centre, Bangkok, Thailand.  Details here.



ASEAN-Australia Entrepreneurs Business Forum 2017, Monday 9 October 2017 @ Dream Factory, Footscray.  Details here.


ASEAN Business Club Business Mission to Sydney, 20-21 November 2017.  To register for:


Insights into Myanmar Conference (more information coming soon)





Asialink Business and PwC ‘State of the Nation: ASEAN’ briefings in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Find out more here.


AABC attendance at the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Joint Business Council Meeting in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Australia-ASEAN Business Relations Conference 2016: A New Era of Trade, Investment and ‘Doing Business’ Opportunities in Brisbane, Australia (19 August). See full article here.


ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Vientiane, Lao PDR (5-7 September)
(a flagship event of the ASEAN-Business Advisory Council). See full article here.

ASEAN Economic Integration Forum 2016: Towards Global ASEAN: Prospects, Impacts And Challenges in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (14-15 September). See full article here.


AABC Business Roundtables (tbc).

Our new website launches soon.
Please visit again.

Contact for enquiries, membership and sponsorship

Eleanor Mak

Phone. +61 423 492 330

Peter McKenna

Phone. +61 487 395 510