Business engagement

The New Colombo Plan is a partnership between government, universities and the private-sector to provide a new generation of Australians with direct experience of living, studying and undertaking work placements in the Indo-Pacific.

Business is central to the program’s ability to provide meaningful, course-related work experiences to complement students’ formal studies in the region, and the New Colombo Plan Secretariat welcomes enquiries about opportunities to engage with the program.

Internships, mentorships and practicums are a hallmark of the New Colombo Plan and provide students with opportunities to test their skills in real life situations, build cross-cultural competencies and develop professional networks that can last a lifetime.

The business community is providing strong support to the New Colombo Plan and its students.

Three new programs were recently announced by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, to provide opportunities for the business community in Australia and across the region to engage more deeply with the program.

New Colombo Plan Internship and Mentorship Network

The New Colombo Plan Internship and Mentorship Network connects universities, students and private-sector organisations in Australia and across the region to progress course-related work experiences for New Colombo Plan students.

As a registered Network member, private-sector host organisations can access a diverse talent pool and support students in obtaining professional experience in the region; and universities and New Colombo Plan students can access the opportunities made available by registered organisations.

New Colombo Plan Internship and Mentorship Network website

Mobility Partners Program

The New Colombo Plan Mobility Partners Program encourages universities to develop and foster innovative partnerships with business communities in Australia and across the region to enhance New Colombo Plan student experiences.

For example, a private-sector organisation may wish to finance the cost of an additional study period to enable students to have a longer period in-country, or they may wish to match Government funding to enable increased student participation. In-kind and financial sponsorship must go beyond the provision of internships, mentorships and briefings.

Private-sector organisations that provide sponsorship will be recognised as a New Colombo Plan Mobility Partner.

More information: Mobility Program.

Business Champions

New Colombo Plan Business Champions play an important role in promoting the value of regional study to students’ career prospects and in fostering business engagement with the New Colombo Plan.

The inaugural New Colombo Plan Business Champions were announced by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop on 24 July:

  • Brian Hartzer – Westpac Chief Executive Officer
  • Jayne Hrdlicka – Jetstar Group Chief Executive Officer
  • David Fried – QBE CEO Emerging Markets
  • Alison Watkins – Coca-Cola Amatil Group Managing Director
  • Geoff Culbert – GE Australia and New Zealand President and Chief Executive
  • Doug Ferguson – KPMG National Leader, Asia Business Group
  • Wendy Holdenson – Mitsui & Co Director and Executive Vice President
  • Rob Thomason – CPA Australia Executive General Manager Education
  • Peter Botten – Managing Director, Oil Search (from 19 October 2015)
  • Sharon Warburton – Non Executive Director Brookfield Multiplex Australasia (from 19 April 2016)

Resources

Contacts

For more information on the New Colombo Plan’s business programs or to discuss opportunities to support the program, please contact the NCP Secretariat via ncp.business@dfat.gov.au



Last Updated: 24 July 2015