The ASEAN-CER Integration Partnership Forum (IPF), is a collaboration between the governments of New Zealand and Australia.

Launched at a meeting of the Prime Ministers in 2011 the IPF builds on the free trade agreement negotiated between Australia, New Zealand and the ten ASEAN Member States in 2009. 

For all the natural rivalry and competition that will always exist between our two countries... it is together that we seek to improve the lives of all our citizens — Prime Minister John Key, 16 February, 2011, Wellington

Sharing lessons learned

Through the IPF CER partners can share  the lessons learned from nearly thirty years of the CER/Single Economic Market (SEM) journey with ASEAN countries. These insights could be useful for ASEAN in its ongoing process of regional economic integration.

We took sheltered, insular economies and opened them to the world through the remarkable reforms of the 1980’s and 90’s. At the same time we opened our economies to each other creating a degree of integration that is unparalleled throughout the world. — The Hon Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, 16 February 2011, Wellington

IPF seminars

Six IPFs have been held to date, covering general regional economic integration issues; services trade; competition policy; non-tariff measures in agri-food trade, and standards and conformance.  Speakers have been drawn from the senior ranks of government, business and academia.

May 2017 — Auckland

The most recent IPF took place in Auckland, on 31 May 2017, co-chaired by Vangelis Vitalis, Deputy Secretary, Trade and Economic Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Michael Mugliston, Special Negotiator, FTA Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  While past years have focused on sector specific issues, a broader theme of “economic integration in challenging times” was selected for this year given the concurrence with the general review of AANZFTA.

Speakers' presentations from May 2017 IPF sessions

Session 1: Setting the Scene

Why regional economic integration is important in challenging economic times [PDF, 132 KB] - Professor Peter Drysdale, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University 

Closer economic relations – key principles and the state of trans-Tasman integration [PDF, 239 KB] - Simon Murdoch, Deputy Chair, Asia NZ Foundation

Session 2: Revitalising the Single Economic Market

The transition from “at the border” to “behind the border”” [PDF, 391 KB] - Alison Duncan, Counsellor, Australian High Commission, Wellington

The single economic market agenda – the business angle [PDF, 300 KB] - Stephanie Honey, Associate Director, New Zealand International Business Forum

Session 3: Engaging with the broader region

Regional economic integration: ASEAN and its importance to Australia and New Zealand [PDF, 2.6 MB] - Greg Earl, Former Deputy Editor and Asia Pacific Editor, Australian Financial Review

How ASEAN can work to realise a well-integrated and connected economy within the global system by 2025, and what can be learnt from CER integration [PDF, 944 KB] - Dr Ponciano Intal, Senior Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)   

Previous presentations from IPF seminars

June 2011: CER/SEM - a unique integration pathway

Powerpoint presentation [PPT, 276 KB]

May 2012: Regional economic integration: the CER approach to a single market for services

Introductory remarks by New Zealand [PDF, 22 KB]

The Current Status and Perspectives of Economic Integration in ASEAN and Extended East Asia [PDF, 2.1 MB] — ERIA: ASEAN Integration overview

Policy perspective Regional economic integration: the CER approach to a single market for services [PDF, 34 KB]

Trade in Services [PDF, 292 KB] — academic perspective

Impact of CER on Beca - A Services Company Perspective [PDF, 203 KB] — business perspective

Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement [PDF, 299 KB] — policy perspective

Mutual Recognition in the trans-Tasman Single Economic Market [PDF, 1.8 MB] — academic perspective

Plumbing [PDF, 1.1 MB] — case study

June 2013: Competition policy in an integrated market: the CER approach

Competition policy development in New Zealand [PPTX, 320 KB] - Lewis Evans, Professor of Economics Victoria University of Wellington. Research Fellow, NZ Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation.

International Cooperation between competition agencies [PPTX, 480 KB] - The ACCC perspective on cooperation with the NZCC - Marcus Bezzi, Australian Competition & Consumer commission

Development of Competition Policy, Economic Benefits and Reform Processes: Australia’s experience [PPTX, 291 KB] - Paul Gretton - This presentation is for general use only i.e. not for quotation or attribution – Please refer to the suggested reading list below

Paul Gretton – suggested reading [PDF, 306 KB]

CER, competition policy and enforcement cooperation between Australia and New Zealand [PPTX, 883 KB], Kate Morrison, General Manager Competition, Commerce Commission

A Practitioner’s Perspective on International Enforcement Cooperation [PPTX, 4.4 MB] - Luke Woodward, Gilbert Tobin Lawyers.

March 2016 — Melbourne

The most recent IPF took place in Melbourne, on 15 March 2016, and looked at CER goods trade, focusing in particular on the standards and conformity assessment architecture that has developed over the last thirty years. 

Speakers' presentations

The following presentations from the March 2016 IPF in Melbourne are available to download:

Overview of CER cooperation in the market for goods, and the importance of the standards and conformance infrastructure to business and trade

Milton Churche, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade [PDF, 442 KB]

David Dewar, New Zealand High Commission to Australia [PDF, 765 KB]

The TTMRA framework for goods

Tom Simcock, Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment [PDF, 305 KB]

Chris Preston, Food and Grocery Council of Australia [PDF, 592 KB]

Cooperation on standards and conformance infrastructure, including approaches to accreditation

James Galloway, JAS-ANZ [PDF, 850 KB] [PDF, 260 KB]

Llew Richards, International Accreditation NZ

Regina Robertson, National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia [PDF, 433 KB]

Dr Angela Samuel and Mr Malcolm Bartlett, National Measurement Institute Australia [PDF, 1.2 MB]

The ASEAN Economic Community: towards 2025

Dr Melanie Milo, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia [PDF, 546 KB]