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The AVPI is Australia's first policy institute focused on its relationship with Vietnam, acting as a partnered public policy hub centred around engagement, collaboration and impact.

Who we are

RMIT University, Asia Society Australia, Asialink and the Australia-Vietnam Leadership Dialogue have established the inaugural Australia Vietnam Policy Institute (AVPI). Acting as a one-stop shop for research and insights on the strategic and economic relationship between Australia and Vietnam, the AVPI is a partnered platform for bilateral policy engagement. The AVPI is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) under the Australia-Vietnam Enhanced Economic Engagement Grant Pilot Program.

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What we do

The AVPI enables and facilitates discussions on strategic and economic issues in the Australia-Vietnam bilateral relationship. Through disseminating the latest research and sharing expert insights from people with on-the-ground experience, the AVPI helps to advance a cooperative and secure environment for business and investment. Our consortium approach brings together a powerful network of organisations in specialist fields to bring meaningful impact. Our areas of focus align to key sectors in the Australia-Vietnam relationship, including business and investment, digital economy, cyber security, agriculture and food manufacturing, professional services and education and training.


To champion the Australia-Vietnam strategic and economic bilateral relationship.


To provide a platform for bilateral engagement, growing strategic policy discussions, partnerships and knowledge networks around opportunities for two-way trade and investment, collaboration and innovation.

Australia Vietnam Policy Institute

Australia’s first policy institute focused on its relationship with Vietnam

Our values

Trust and Partnership

The AVPI is built on trust among our partnerships and is reflected across our operations, approach and the accountability of our people and institute.

Inclusion and Diversity

We believe in the inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives to ensure the AVPI is a platform built on fairness to achieve new insights, creativity and innovation to benefit all communities.

Embracing Innovation and Impact

We are dedicated to embracing and fostering innovation to deliver maximum impact on rapidly developing issues affecting the communities across both countries.

Integrity and Transparency

We uphold an unwavering sense of integrity and transparency across all our operations as a non-profit disseminating public knowledge and solutions to existing and future issues of strategic significance to bilateral relations.

Founding Partners

The AVPI was established in partnership by RMIT University, Asia Society Australia, Asialink and the Australia-Vietnam Leadership Dialogue, with the support of DFAT under the Australia-Vietnam Enhanced Economic Engagement Grant (AVEG) program. The four Founding Partner organisations comprise the AVPI Steering Committee, which provides strategic governance and direction for the AVPI – establishing the AVPI, overseeing and co-designing its strategic activities.

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. RMIT currently ranks number 18 for universities globally under 50 years old and number 1 in Australia for graduate employability. RMIT Vietnam was established in 2000 and has grown into a leading university in the region, with two well-equipped campuses in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and a language centre in Da Nang.

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Asia Society Australia is Australia’s leading business and policy think tank and the membership organisation dedicated to Asia. Our mission is to prepare Australians for deeper and sustainable engagement with a more complex Asia. We are a national, independent, non-partisan, and non-political institution with a national centre in Melbourne, an office in Sydney, and programs accessible in Australia and globally through digital and face-to-face platforms. Asia Society Australia is a centre of Asia Society – a preeminent global non-profit organisation dedicated to Asia, founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, with centres in New York, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, Washington, DC and Zurich.

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The Australia Vietnam Leadership Dialogue (AVLD) is an independent non-profit initiative that was established to nurture relationships, promote engagement and incubate collaboration between Australian and Vietnamese leaders from a broad spectrum of society. Through people-to-people links, we believe the bilateral relationship between Australia and Vietnam can be strengthened to contribute to the development of each respective nation.

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Asialink is Australia’s leading centre for creative engagement with Asia. We develop insights, capabilities and connections through our programs in the Arts, Business, Diplomacy and Education. Uniquely Australian, Asialink works with diverse communities in Australia and Asia to build a strong, shared future for all. Established in 1990 as a joint initiative of the Australian Government's Commission for the Future and the Myer Foundation, Asialink is hosted by the University of Melbourne.

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Knowledge Partners

The AVPI’s key strength lies in its consortia approach, engaging a broad range of organisations in Australia and Vietnam as Knowledge Partners that are active and interested in developing the Australia-Vietnam strategic and economic relationship. Knowledge Partners will have opportunities to contribute to collaborative projects and events, drive new initiatives, promote activities and content, and gain access to the latest policy thinking on the bilateral relationship.

There are no financial obligations required of our partners. Knowledge Partner logos are hosted on the AVPI homepage to reflect the AVPI ecosystem and Knowledge Partners are encouraged to engage with the AVPI and its network as mutually beneficial.

We are a growing consortia and always welcome new partners. If your organisation is interested in learning more about the Knowledge Partner opportunity, please express your interest via our Contact Form.

Knowledge Partners benefit from AVPI by:

  • Being exposed to the latest bilateral research, discussions and policy insights
  • Being featured on the AVPI’s website and able to leverage the AVPI’s brand for events and funding applications
  • Participating in the AVPI’s strategic dialogues and events and able to tap into a broad network of partners, nationally and regionally
  • Being part of a growing community committed to Australia-Vietnam strategic and economic connectivity

AVPI Knowledge Partners:

  • Contribute available resources such as publications, research papers and thought leadership pieces to be included on the AVPI Resources page
  • Participate in and provide outreach support for the AVPI’s strategic activities where appropriate
  • Provide advice to the AVPI on priority needs and topics for strategic engagement

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