ASEAN–Australia Counter Trafficking is a 10-year partnership funded by the Australian Government

The partnership supports ASEAN Member States to implement and report on their obligations under the ASEAN Convention against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP).

Counter Trafficking


We collaborate with ASEAN Member States to strengthen justice responses to trafficking, while advancing the rights of victims.

Program Overview

  • 10-year program

  • Value
    $A80 Million

  • Donor
    Australian Government

  • ASEAN regional engagement

  • Partner Countries

    Lao PDR

ASEAN-Australia Counter Trafficking

Our three main roles are:

We work with ASEAN regional bodies so that their planning, monitoring and reporting of the ACTIP’s implementation is increasingly effective and advances the protection of victim rights.

We work alongside justice and related agencies as they become increasingly capable of implementing their ACTIP obligations, particularly those that uphold victim rights.

We create opportunities for the policies and practices of justice and related agencies to be influenced by relevant stakeholders and better aligned with ACTIP, especially in connection to victim rights obligations.

Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is further exacerbating the vulnerabilities of those who are already vulnerable to trafficking in persons. 

Read our interactive policy paper on vulnerability, human-trafficking, and COVID-19.

Visit our Partnership Hub which supports government, private sector and civil society with resources and tools during COVID-19 to continue countering human trafficking.

Grants to organisations

In July 2021, we launched a grants program with the purpose of partnering with organisations that directly support and advocate for the rights of victims of trafficking and contribute valuable evidence to inform policy reform.

Through these partnerships, we seek to build further evidence to inform policy and ensure a better understanding across all stakeholders of the needs and perspectives of victims of trafficking in persons.

Webinar Series

Victims of trafficking experience multi-faceted trauma and harm. The journey to recovery is often a long and non-linear one.

Providing victims a sufficient period of time to reflect and recover is an important dimension of victim rights and an effective counter trafficking response.

Our panel discusses ‘Recovering from trafficking: Approaches to supporting victims of trafficking to reflect, recover and reintegrate into a safe and supportive community‘: