This is the second report in our series of AVPI Policy Briefings detailing the discussions had at the Australia Vietnam Business Champion Roundtable in Sydney

This policy note captures insights from the Australia Vietnam Business Champion Roundtable held in Sydney on 27 July 2022, with support from the Australia Vietnam Policy Institute (AVPI). Hosted by Rob Gordon, CEO, SunRice at King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney’s CBD, this Roundtable brought together 27 participants and 7 observers from the agriculture, not-for-profit, consulting, media, digital economy, education, legal, technology and government sectors. Martin Bean, CEO, The Bean Centre and former Vice Chancellor, RMIT University was also in Sydney to help facilitate the roundtable, with Louise Adams, COO, Aurecon, calling in to facilitate virtually.

This report celebrates the Australia-Vietnam bilateral relationship and the role that Vietnam plays in supporting Australia’s reach in Southeast Asia. Emerging insights from this report include engaging with the Australian-Vietnamese diaspora, harnessing SME networks, strengthening the gateway to Asia and building educational bridges. A common theme that was also found in our Melbourne Policy Briefing was the importance of building trust-based relationships.

These businesses, whether they already have operations in Vietnam or are looking to expand into Vietnam, came together with the common objective of discussing the opportunity Vietnam presents, the challenges of doing business in Vietnam, and the solutions to these challenges. This open, honest and passionate discussion allowed these participants to explore a new network of businesses who operate in Vietnam, and professionals who have unique perspectives on the trade and investment relationship. The key themes and emerging insights are a direct result of the conversations held at this event, and are a reflection of the experiences in the room.



Publication Date
Thursday 29th September, 2022
Your Authors
Professor Mathews Nkhoma
Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor Strategy
International & Engagement
College of Business and Law
RMIT University
Nicola Gibbs
Director, Pluri Group
James Pardy
Editor and Public Policy Advisor