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ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards Initiative

What is the ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards Initiative (DTS)?

The ASEAN- AU DTS Initiative is aimed at expanding political and economic linkages between ASEAN and Australia and strengthening ASEAN-Australia’s contribution to regional security and prosperity. It's goal is to contribute to greater awareness, understanding and implementation of priority DTS by ASEAN Member States (AMS), thereby promoting greater digital trade.

DTS initiative is supported by the Australian Government and implemented by AASC-RMIT, Access Partnership and Standards Australia. 


The ASEAN-AU DTS Initiates encompasses a number of streams of work inclusive of Engagement Development Workshops, Progress and Coordination Workshops, Market Deep Dives, Market Playbooks and Certification Training which will roll out through 2021.

Engagement and Development Workshops conducted by Access Partnership - Please refer to schedule


The potential of digital trade standards is an emergent area for ASEAN and AMS. Awareness and understanding of how to leverage this potential is often siloed—either within National Standards Bodies, or within key government agencies such as ICT, trade, and finance. To address this, a series of digital symposia on key digital trade focus areas will be delivered in 2021.

Progress and Coordination Workshops conducted by Standards Australia - Please refer to schedule

These workshops are aimed to engage and train AMS and ASEAN sub-fora on increased engagement in international standardisation related to key digital trade areas (and as a means for progressing NSBs work in driving the adoption and use of DTS in AMS), developed and delivered by Standards Australia. In line with internationally agreed good standardisation practice, the progress and coordination workshops will focus on three key components of: i) standards development; ii) stakeholder engagement; and iii) international participation.  

Market Deep Dives

Ten market reports will be developed which will ‘dig in’ on identified areas of the digital economy and digital trade development within the identified AMS, to better identify and articulate priority areas of opportunity.  The reports will take into consideration key opportunities and challenges in DTS participation and development, and the specific competitive/comparative advantage areas in digital trade in the specific AMS.  

As ASEAN governments accelerate their digital initiatives, they are also faced with unprecedented socioeconomic pressures such as: i) the pandemic that has pushed economies into recession; ii) unemployment levels that keep soaring, and iii) the operating budgets of government agencies and departments that have become tighter. AMS playbooks pinpoint where international standards can advance and accelerate impact and opportunity, as the region begins emerging from the pandemic. National engagement playbooks have been developed for each AMS – a first step in mapping out a ‘roadmap’ to be taken forward and built upon.  
Certification training 
The ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards (DTS) Certification-based Training Framework will enable ASEAN Member States (AMS)—including key government agencies, National Standards Bodies (NSBs), and organisations of all sizes, particularly SMEs—to operationalize DTS and put into practice learnings, ensuring digital trade standardisation.  It will enable AMS and ASEAN to set out standardisation goals for crucial next-generation technologies, and key areas of digital trade, and draw from and access appropriate training, including certification-based programs and modules. This framework will also emphasise the imperative to strengthen ASEAN’s role in standards organisations. 

Engagement and Development Workshops 
Engagement and Development Workshops

Digital Trade Focus Area



Artificial Intelligence

AI will play an ever-increasing role in trade, and stands to dramatically improve business productivity as well as enabling accurate demand forecasting, predictive maintenance using sensor technologies, and personalisation of services.

25 February 2021

Digital Transactions

Digital payments have the potential to enhance all aspects of trade, particularly improving trade in e-commerce and fintech sectors. Instant and faster payments, across borders will have profound impacts on trade and consumption. QR codes can support online payments for a significant volume of goods and services.

29 April 2021

Data Sharing

Open data seen is integral for next-generation digital government (e.g., more innovative and responsive services, and greater cross-agency collaboration), with data sharing architecture enabling the inherent value of the data to increase without the original data owner (or subsequent data value add contributors) not being recognised and without forfeiting their rights. Open data and data sharing will be crucial for digital economy growth and facilitation.

3 June 2021


5G when fully deployed is designed to transmit data at dramatically higher speeds and volumes, allowing for new services and products to be delivered in real-time. 5G will enable other emerging technologies and will facilitate digital financial transactions, access to new mass-audience, personalised online services, real-time video for the delivery of remote medicine, or commands for remote additive manufacturing.

30 September

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing provides on-demand access to computing power and software that was previously reserved for large com­panies. Such digital services can be used to increase operational efficiency, reduce fixed IT costs, increase busi­ness competitiveness and citizen services, and promote innovation and agility and provide the ability to respond to business continuity and disaster recovery during a pandemic.

13 October

Smart Cities

Potential to improve systems integrations and labour mobility, as well as enhance data externalities in everything from household items and consumption through transportation systems, and climate change.

28 October


Overview of digital trade, growth, and key drivers, including setting out the role and emerging importance of international standards, particularly in response to COVID-19 impacts and recovery.


Progress and Coordination Workshops

All Workshop Materials - 
Progress and Coordination Workshops




Senior Management Masterclass

This workshop is targeted at decision makers and influencers of AMS NSBs, this workshop aims to better equip senior NSB management to foster support for DTS from senior ministry and regulatory authorities and build the profile of the NSB under the context of digital trade.

31 March 2021

A Deeper Dive into Digital Trade Standards

This workshop is aimed at raising stakeholder awareness on standards, in particular DTS, to build support and increase participation in DTS activities.

23 June 2021

Effective DTS Mirror Committees

This workshops brings together NSB staff and technical experts to discuss how to adopt and participate in the development of DTS.

15 September 2021

DTS Distribution and Outreach

This workshop aims to go beyond the development and adoption to the dissemination of DTS. It will discuss the need for customers to easily access and purchase DTS, and how NSBs can better communicate and promote the use and benefits of DTS

15 December 2021

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