The Indonesia-Australia Business Summit (IABS) is an annual event hosted by the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra in collaboration with all Consulates General of the Republic of Indonesia in Australia, the Indonesian Investment Promotion Centre in Sydney and the Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre in Sydney as well Australian business organizations such as Indonesia Australia Business Council (IABC). IABS 2019 is the sixth event that will take place in Sydney after successfully being held in Canberra (2 times), Perth, and Adelaide. The 2016 IABS in Perth attracted around 400 participants from Indonesia and Australia, while the 2017 IABS in Adelaide and the IABS 2018 in Melbourne were attended by more than 300 participants.

The aim of IABS 2019 is to deliberate new business opportunities and partnerships as well as explore possible and potential collaboration on certain sectors such as automotive, vocational education and training, as well as infrastructure in the development of tourism and special economic zones. IABS 2019is inviting Indonesian and Australian businesses such as members of the Indonesian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Australian CEOs, Ministers, anda number of Indonesian regional government leaders to exchange ideas and information for potential future cooperation.

On 4 March 2019, the Indonesian Minister of Trade and the Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment signed the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA CEPA). IA CEPA is the next step in advancing economic cooperation and people connectivity after the conclusion of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) by President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Bogor in August 2018.

IA CEPA not only opens markets and eliminate barriers to trade between Indonesia and Australia, but also establishes an equal and mutually beneficial and long-term partnership for trade and investment, education, training, and joint efforts to enhance people-to-people connection. IA CEPA allows Indonesian products to enter Australia at 0% tariff and over 99% of Australian goods to be exported by value to Indonesia duty free or under significantly improved preferential arrangements by 2020. Indonesia will also be able to gain market access in services through the raised quota for working holiday visas from its initial 1000 to 4100 within the first year of implementation, and raised 5% in its subsequent years to reach 5000 visas.

IA CEPA has garnered support from industries both in Indonesia and Australia. The Governments of Indonesia and Australia are also working together in disseminating information on IA CEPA to prospective industries. Currently, the Governments of Indonesia and Australia are working on their respective ratification processes of IA CEPA for its entry into force and implementation.


Key Speakers

IABS 2019 will invite Chairman of the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board, H.E. Thomas T. Lembong, high officials from the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs,the Indonesian Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, the Ministry of National Development Planning, as well their counterparts namely Australian Ministers,NSW Government, and CEO/Chairman of businesses from Indonesia and Australia.

Date And Venue

IABS 2019 will be held on 19 September 2019. The venue of IABS 2019 will be atthe InterContinental Hotel Sydney, 117 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, starting at 8.00 AM. The Program can be accessed here.


Business attire or Batik


Format of the Meeting

The format of the meeting is:

  1. One-day Business Summit
  2. Trade Exhibition
  3. One-on-onemeeting/business matching

The whole session will be held in plenary with the following business arrangements:

On 19 September 2019, from 8.00 am – 16:00 pm:

  • Opening session from Indonesian and Australian Ministers, Premier of NSW, Chairman of the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board.
  • 3 Plenary sessions:
  1. First session:Automotive
  2. Second session:Vocational Education and Training
  3. Third session: Infrastructure in the Development of Industries in Tourism and Special Economic Zones

Each session will have 4-5 speakers, including officials from relevant Indonesian ministries, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, heads and representatives from Indonesian business associations,and Indonesian Provincial Governors/Regents/Majors.

Each session will have both Indonesian speakersand their Australian counterparts,such asthe Federal Ministers, NSW Government, as well CEOs/Chairmans fromAustralian companiesto share their best practices and success stories.

  • Networking lunch (standing/served) with a presentation tentatively from Indonesian regional governments and the NSW Government to promote trade and investment (limited seats).
  • After the conclusion of the plenary sessions, there will be a one-on-one meeting/business matching session between Indonesian and Australian businesses and/or regional governments.
  • Target audience for IABS 2019 in Sydney is 250-300 participants comprising of delegationsfrom businesses and government officials from Indonesia and Australia.


Opportunities to Conclude Memorandum of Understanding

IABS 2019 will anticipate the upcoming implementation of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IACEPA) that was signed on 4 March 2019. Therefore, IABS 2019 is a significant event for both countries to display the economic opportunities and potential business cooperation between the two countries.

IABS 2019 encouragesIndonesian Regional Governments and Indonesian businesses to conclude and sign MoUs with their Australian counterparts and businesses in the automotive, infrastructure and vocational education and training sectors.


Travel arrangements (for Indonesian participants)

Indonesian participants may contact the following travel agency to assist in the arrangement of their travels to Sydney:

Internusa Convex

Contact Person: Helen

Phone: +6281586580493

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Head Office

Ruko Malibu Square, Blok A-10

Jl. PahlawanSeribu, BSD City

Serpong – Tangerang Selatan 15321

Phone: +6221 5316 6322

Fax.: +6221 5316 6323


Jl. Misol I No. 15, Denpasar, Bali 80113

Phone/Fax.: +62 361 749 5852


Jl. Waringin No. 86A SambilegiBaru

Depok, Sleman, Yogyakarta 55282

Phone/Fax.: +62 2274 433 2853




Participants choosing not to stay at the venue may consider the following nearby accommodation options:



Walking distance to venue

Driving distance to venue

Price for 18-19 September as of 19 August through


Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

2 mins

1 mins

start from $374


Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

3 mins

1 mins

start from $382


Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

4 mins

1 mins

start from $361


Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

5 mins

3 mins

start from $424


Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

5 mins

2 mins

start from $361


The Grand Hotel The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney

6 mins

3 mins

start from $307


Four Season Hotel Sydney

9 mins

4 mins

start from $355


Amora Hotel  Jamison

10 mins

3 mins

start from $270


The Westin Sydney

10 mins

4 mins

start from $382


Travelodge Hotel Sydney

10 mins

4 mins

start from $191


Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

12 mins

5 mins

start from $447


Hilton Sydney

16 mins

8 mins

start from $390


Ovolo Woolloomooloo

17 mins

6 mins

start from $296


Hyatt Regency Sydney

18 mins

8 mins

start from $332



How to get there

InterContinental is about 5 minutes’ walk from Martin Place Station, Elizabeth St.

From Central Station to arrive at InterContinental Sydney

  • From Central Station (Eddy Ave, Haymarket NSW 2000), walk towards Pitt St before Hay St (around 3 mins walk)
  • Take the bus 428 - City Martin Place from stop ID: 2000434 (around 10 minutes ride – 4 stops). Get off at the fourth stop - Martin Place Station, Elizabeth St.

Please note: No ticket sold on board between 7 AM – 7PM. You will need a valid Opal card to travel.


Re-registration and ID pick up

All participants must be registered. Registration can be done through

Re-registration and ID pick up will be open from 18 September 2019 at 13:00 to 16:00, located at the Group Arrival Desk of the Intercontinental Sydney (MacQuarie St. entrance).

Any inquires shall be addressed to Mr. Amal Wijisaksono or Ms. Mariane Larissa at (02) 6250 8647, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



As of 14 August 2019, the weather is reported to be rather cloudy with high chance of a shower. The highest temperature will be 23° and the lowest will be 10°.