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).



ASEAN-ACT contributes to the following overarching goal:

We collaborate with ASEAN member states so that they can develop effective justice systems that will ensure just punishment of human traffickers while protecting 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:

ASEAN-ACT works 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.

ASEAN-ACT works alongside Member States’ justice and related agencies as they become increasingly capable of implementing their ACTIP obligations, particularly those that uphold victim rights.

ASEAN-ACT creates opportunities for the policies and practices of Member States’ 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.

Australia’s Response to TIP

Australia has strong credentials in supporting the ASEAN region to counter trafficking in persons.

Australia has partnered with ASEAN Member States over the past 15 years to support their counter-trafficking efforts and continues this through ASEAN-ACT. Australia also is responding to TIP within Australia and the Asia Pacific region through a number of other initiatives.


At the ASEAN–Australia Special Summit in March 2018, Australia’s Foreign Minister announced a 10 year, A$80 million commitment to continue Australia’s long-running collaboration with ASEAN to end trafficking in persons in the region.

Officially launched in July 2019, ASEAN-ACT will build on Australia’s 15-year history of supporting ASEAN and its Member States’ justice systems to effectively respond to trafficking in persons.