New Colombo Plan

  • King & Wood Mallesons offers unique opportunities for a new breed of lawyers

    International legal firm King & Wood Mallesons has joined the New Colombo Plan Internship and Mentorship Network to provide internships to NCP scholars in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.

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  • Scholar experiences cattle farming in Japan

    Meat and Livestock Australia and the Australian Embassy in Japan recently arranged for New Colombo Plan Scholar Megan Lock and her parents, visiting cattle farmers from Kalangadoo in South Australia, to visit a beef stud in Chiba, Japan.

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  • QUT students attend 5th Asia Pro Bono Conference

    The New Colombo Plan recently supported law students from QUT to participate in the 5th Asia Pro Bono Conference in Indonesia.

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  • 2017 Mobility Grants announced

    On 31 August, the outcomes of the 2017 New Colombo Plan mobility grants were announced.

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The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.

The New Colombo Plan involves a scholarship program for study of up to one year and internships or mentorships, and a flexible mobility grants program for both short and longer-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research.

How to get involved


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President Tony Tan

“I am confident that the New Colombo Plan will play an important role in strengthening our education and people-to-people ties. The New Colombo Plan also reflects the Australian Government's broader focus on enhancing its engagement with Asia.”

President Tony Tan Keng Yam, of Singapore at the University of Adelaide on 17 June 2014.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop speaking in front of a New Colombo Plan podium

“Our country will benefit enormously from having young ambassadors from Australia who have an understanding of and an insight into the region that only comes from living and studying and working there.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP at the University of Sydney on 16 May 2014.
Emma Roberts speaking

“I envisage that by spending a year in Indonesia, I can deepen my current understanding of Indonesian culture, religion and society. I hope to form strong connections with more individuals and institutions working in human rights and gender equality which will benefit me in my future career.”

Emma Roberts, Australian National University New Colombo Plan Yudhoyono (Indonesia) Fellow. 25 June 2014.
Mr. Chirachai Punkrasin speaking

“The New Colombo Plan provides thousands of Australian students with opportunities to study and undertake internships in ASEAN Member States. Beyond professional knowledge and skills development in relevant fields, this program has provided invaluable opportunities to create genuine mutual understanding and life-long friendships among the youths of both ASEAN and Australia.”

H.E. Mr. Chirachai Punkrasin, Ambassador of Thailand at the Launch of the Australia–ASEAN Council BRIDGE School Partnerships Program on 30 May 2016, Canberra.
Last Updated: 20 June 2016

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The New Colombo Plan Secretariat, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade