The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a signature initiative of the Australian Government, which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by encouraging Australian undergraduate students to live, study and participate in work placements in the region.


  • Partners: AVI has supported Macquarie University, Melbourne University and Victoria University to secure NCP grants 
  • Countries: India, Indonesia, Fiji and Cambodia 
  • Duration: Students accessed NCP mobility grants to take part in programs of between four and 12 weeks
  • Disciplines: Students come from a range of faculties including engineering, law, psychology and biomedicine 


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

The plan is intended to be transformational, deepening Australia's relationships in the region, both at the individual level and through expanding university, business and other professional connections.


The experiences and opportunities provided through the NCP grants allow undergraduate students to gain useful skills for employability, an international outlook and an enlightened perspective about cultural diversity. Students are given an opportunity to play a real role in creating good development outcomes.

In additional to the positive impacts for students, partner organisations are supported to ensure their long-term goals are met.

Case study

A group of NCP funded students from Melbourne University focused on food sovereignty in Indonesia.

Food sovereignty is the right of people to access healthy and culturally appropriate food that is produced using ethical and sustainable methods, with a focus on fair distribution and consumption. 

Working alongside staff from AVI's local partner Satunama, the Melbourne University students set up lessons, games and activities to help children from the community learn about seeds, plants, fruit and vegetables. 

They worked with the community to set up a communal garden, provided education on the planting and growing process, detailed important nutrition information, and created a manual designed for future use by community members and schools.

Melbourne University students Kate Foley (R) and Ni Putu Ika Pradnya Larasyati (L) cooking a local breakfast in a village in the Kulon Progo district, Jogjakarta, Indonesia.