Connected by Sea

The world’s largest island and archipelagic nations, Australia and Indonesia are linked by sea and so often defined by their relationship with the ocean. Over a four-day program of panels, special events and opportunities for collaboration we will explore the challenges and opportunities for Australia and Indonesia presented by the maritime sector.



Over the course of the conference delegates will work with expert mentors to dive into an issue in the Australia-Indonesia relationship and present their solution.


Panel discussions give delegates an opportunity to discuss business, politics and other hot topics with experts speakers and leaders in the bilateral relationship.


Social and networking events provide an opportunity to delegates to get to know each other and have informal discussions with our speakers and partners.



Our annual political panel will review the domestic political developments of Australia and Indonesia during the last year, and examine how these have shaped foreign policy. In light of looming national elections, this panel will seek to explore possible directions the bilateral relationship could take in the future. Through candid discussion with political and policy experts, delegates will be encouraged to ask the questions that others aren’t asking.

Business and Trade

With the IA-CEPA finally nearing completion, our expert panel will explore how it can benefit both countries and create sustainable business partnerships to enhance the economic relationship. Which industries do our experts see as having substantial potential for growth and how can the risks be constructively navigated? Particular attention will be given to the traditional maritime sector as well as the emerging industries of the blue economy.

Regional Security

In a session combining academic insights from our experts and opportunities for collaboration, the security session will examine the pressing security challenges facing the region, and the opportunities for Indonesia and Australia to cooperate in responding to these. How is the maritime space important to the national security of each country? And in what ways are non-traditional threats affecting the security of Indonesia and Australia?

Coastal and Environmental Sustainability

The coastlines and oceans of Indonesia and Australia host much of our population, serve as tourist draw cards and are an important source of sustenance for millions, yet they are also among our most threatened environments. Climate change and coastal inundation threaten communities, while damaged marine ecosystems and rampant overfishing put the food security of millions in doubt. Our panelists will explore the dangers these threats pose to Australia and Indonesia, and the opportunity to remedy these through cooperation and sustainable practices.