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All of the Association’s work internationally including inbound and outbound missions are fully self-funded by participants or financed by the Australian government. The Association acts in a facilitating and monitoring capacity by opening up opportunities for all of our members wishing to expand their activities into international markets. Contact the International Team if you would like to get involved.


Since establishment of diplomatic relations in February 1973, Australia and Vietnam have developed a substantive, positive and mutually beneficial relationship, reinforced by warm and expanding people-to-people links. 

In recent years there has been a shift in Australia’s and Vietnam’s development cooperation, from a relationship based on development aid to one which strengthens its focus on trade and investment, by helping to improve the business climate and expand the scope of business opportunities for mutual benefit.

The Australian Water Association in partnership with the Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association (VWSA) and with support from the Australian and Vietnamese Governments have now commenced a series of initiatives designed to support this transition by strengthening relations and sharing of expertise and technological innovations in water. Vietwater 2015 marked the start of the Australian Water Association's and the VWSA’s programme to connect the Australian and Vietnamese water sectors.

Vietwater'18, 5-9 November

The Australian Water Association’s International Program runs a number of outbound trade missions and capacity building workshops throughout Asia. These workshops aim to raise the profile of the Australian water sector’s capabilities and to expose Australian enterprises, individuals and large corporations to valuable networking and business opportunities in these expanding markets.

The Australian Water Association in Partnership with the Vietnam Water Association and the Australian and Vietnam Governments are coordinating the 4th Australian delegation to Vietwater'18, in Ho Chi Minh City, 5-9 November. This is part of the Australian Governments and Australian Water Association's program of activities to connect the water sectors of Vietnam and Australia and builds from the largest Australian delegations to ever travel to Vietnam for Vietwater’15, 16 and 17 with over 250 Australian delegates. The Australian program is coordinated with the Vietwater exhibition which attracts over 15,000 delegates from over 500 countries and includes a series of workshops, business meetings, a site tour and networking events designed to facilitate strengthened partnerships. This year’s program also includes the participation of a Cambodian delegation who will join in with activities during the week.

The program for Australian delegates includes:

  • Dedicated, free-standing booth within Australian Pavilion 
  • Pre-arranged one-on-one business introductions with potential clients
  • Meet with representatives from across the Vietnamese and Cambodian water sectors
  • Welcome reception hosted by Australian Ambassador and Australian Consul-General
  • Present your services and technologies during technical workshops
  • Meet the Cambodian delegation during the Australia-Cambodia collaboration workshop
  • Pre-departure and in-country market briefings from professionals working in Vietnam
  • Showcase technology for potential selection in demonstration projects in Vietnam
  • Information on potential business partners and Vietnamese rules and regulations
  • Site visit to water treatment plants in the Mekong
  • Meet the utilities involved in the Australia-Vietnam Water Utility Improvement Program
  • Participate in the Women of Water workshop and get involved in the network

Short videos from Vietwater’17 and the Vietnam program at Ozwater’18 can be accessed from:


Download the Vietwater’18 brochure


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To find out more about the Australian delegation to Vietwater’18 download the Brochure or contact Paul Smith at psmith@awa.asn.au or 02 9467 8403 or An Nguyen at anguyen@awa.asn.au

Vietwater'17

Download Vietwater'17 invitation
Read more about Vietwater'17 outcomes here.
Read about feedback from one of our trade exhibitors, Luminultra here.



The Australian delegations to Vietwater’15 and Vietwater’16 marked the largest Australian delegations to ever visit Vietnam including 140 Australian delegates from the private sector, government, R&D and water utilities in attendance. The Australian delegation to Vietwater’17 will continue this momentum to build collaborative relationships, and strengthen trade and investment, by helping to improve the business climate and expand the scope of business opportunities for mutual benefit.
Delegates participating in the Australian mission to Vietwater will be involved in a series of tailored events designed to connect you with the right people across the Vietnamese water sector. Delegates will have space in the Australian booth, meet with water leaders, NGO’s, donor agencies, private sector companies and water utilities in a series of workshops, business meetings, site tours and networking events.
To find out more about the Australian delegation to Vietwater contact Paul Smith at psmith@awa.asn.au or 02 9467 8403 or An Nguyen at anguyen@awa.asn.au.
The exhibition space is now full. Please contact Paul Smith or An Nguyen for non-exhibitor option.

Download the Invitation and Program

Vietwater update: Come and meet the Australian delegation

The Vietnam – Australia workshop on Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 
This workshop will be held at Sai Gon Exhibition and Convention Centre on 9 November, 2:00pm - 4:30pm. The workshop offers you the opportunity to discuss commercial partnerships and identify demonstration projects that can trial these partnerships and technology innovation so to increase access to safe drinking water and sustainable wastewater management.
Download workshop agenda

The Vietnam – Australia Women of Water workshop 
This workshop will connect the women of water networks between Australia and Vietnam to enable the empowerment of women in delivering projects that increase access to safe drinking water. The workshop will be held at Sai Gon Exhibition and Convention Centre on 7 November, 2:00pm - 4:30pm.
Download workshop agenda

Vietwater'16

Vietwater16 Outcome ReportBuilding from the momentum established at Vietwater 2015, and the range of activities the Association has delivered under the DFAT Economic Diplomacy initiative, the Australian Water Association hosted the largest Vietnamese water delegation to ever travel to Australia for Ozwater’16 (60 delegates including Ministerial officials, water utilities and private sector companies). The Australian delegation to Vietwater 2016 continued this momentum with an even larger Australian delegation of 72 individuals from the private sector, Government, R&D institutions and water utilities participating.

Download the Post Event Report

Read more about Vietwater'16 on our Latest News page.

Vietwater'15

Vietwater15 Outcome ReportVietwater 2015 marked the start of the Australian Water Association – Australian Government program to connect the Australian and Vietnamese water sectors. This program saw the largest Australian delegation to ever travel to Vietnam including 70 water professionals from the private sector, government, R&D and water utilities. The momentum established at Vietwater 2015 saw the largest Vietnamese water delegation ever travel to Australia for Ozwater’16.

The Australian delegation to Vietwater enabled dialogue on many common challenges and solutions regarding safe, secure, efficient and sustainable water management. The experiences and technologies Australia gathered during Australia’s water reform journey were found to be in high demand and applicable to the needs of the Vietnam water sector. The outcome report, available for download below, provides a brief snapshot of activities and outcomes from this delegation.

Download the Outcome Report

The Australian Water Association Vietwater'15 Delegation