Established in 2016, the Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue (or AVYLD) is an initiative that gathers up to 30 young Australians and Vietnamese leaders of potential and significant impact for the next 10 to 15 years. The program will take place in Sydney in the first year and over four days. The curated program can be view here.
The mission of the dialogue is to facilitate a deeper understanding and collaboration between Australian and Vietnamese young leaders to enhance the economic, social and cultural prosperity of Australia and Vietnam. The dialogue also aims to accelerate and amplify the impact of the delegate’s contribution to to their nations by introducing them to influential speakers, inspiring peers and supportive mentors.
The young leaders are chosen from diverse sectors including, but not limited to the arts, business, education, policy and non-for-profit sectors.
In order to be short-listed for a delegate position, applicants must successfully complete the following:
- Fill out the application form and selection criteria by the application closing date;
- If shortlisted, applicants will then be invited for an interview via Skype (or Google Hangout); and
- Upon receiving notification of acceptance, potential delegates are required to complete the Delegate Agreement and fill out a pre-arrival survey.
The AVYLD aims to build a diverse network of young leaders from across different sectors such as business, education, policy, non-for-profit, startups and the arts who are committed to seeing greater development for their nation and believe that a stronger Australia and Vietnam bilateral relationship can assist them in their impact.
The eligibility requirements are:
- Aged between 25-35;
- Have a demonstrated interest and commitment in the growth of Australia or Vietnam;
- Demonstrated leadership and achievement in their field of work or interest;
- English proficiency with a minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent; and (in circumstances where such a score cannot be obtained, a phone interview can be arranged after an initial application screening);
- Be able to obtain a visa and travel to Sydney in Australia in May, 2017 (AVYLD will provide relevant documents to assist with visa applications).
Applicants do not have to be of Vietnamese or Australian ancestry. We welcome diversity so encourage Australians of all ethnics to apply.
Those who are interested in Vietnam and Australian relations and met the eligibility are encouraged to apply (ie. someone who is a permanent resident in Australia or Vietnam and have the interest of Australia and/or Vietnam at heart).
The application form is linked on our home page. Please read all instructions carefully and make sure to fill out all sections of the application form. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
Yes, we will also need you to submit the following with your form:
- Your resume; and
- One recommendation letter.
All documents must be in English.
Successful applicants should have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their field of work. Therefore we suggest you approach someone who know you well on a professional level and is able to endorse your demonstrated abilities and vision.
We require all accepted recommendation letters to be written in English.
The application deadline is November 30th, 2016 23:59 Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). This includes the submission of all materials along with the application form via Recruitee. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
If you are unable to log in or have any other technical difficulties, please email our CTO at info[at]australiavietnam.org with subject: TECH ISSUE.
All applications will be reviewed and selected by our selection panel. The applications will be assessed through a merit-based process based on the selection criteria as outlined here.
The AVYLD will typically selects 20 delegates (10 from Australia and 10 from Vietnam) but up to 30 individuals to attend the Dialogue. The final number of delegates in attendance may slightly vary due to the quality of applications, visa and unforeseen logistics issues.
Shortlisted applicants will be notified in between December 2016 to January 2017.
Yes. As the application round is highly competitive, we do expect to turn down many qualified candidates. There is no limit to the number of times an applicant submits a form to future dialogues, in fact, we highly encourage you to re-apply to future dialogues and show us what you’ve achieved!
Registration and Participation
There is no registration fee for the dialogue but you are expected to complete and sign the Delegate Agreement and submit it on time to participate at the Dialogue.
- Able to travel to Sydney, Australia and attend the Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue in full from Sunday May 14 to Thursday May 18 2017 (inclusive);
- Proactively engage with other delegates prior to and following the Dialogue, including using best efforts to attend post-Dialogue events in their country;
- Engage in online and offline activities developed and initiated by AVYLD and its partners in your home country;
- Provide AVYLD with an update of either the progress of the project/initiative you’re working on and/or your own personal development as a leader every 6 month; and
- Continue to engage and network in future projects and with future delegates as an alumni.
AVYLD alumni are encouraged to actively participate in future programs and collaborations. The friendships and relationships that you will build and the network is for life.
In order to take precaution of the safety and wellbeing of delegates, all delegates must sign the agreement in order to attend the Dialogue. If you decide not to sign the Delegate Agreement by the requested deadline, we may offer your spot to another candidate.
AVYLD will arrange accommodation arrangements and details will be provided within the delegate package.
Delegates will have some spare time and personal leisure time during the Dialogue. Sydney is an expensive city so delegates are recommended to bring enough money to cover personal expenses outside of the Dialogue program. Depending on your activities, we advise that you do your research and find out costs in Sydney here to calculate how much you will need to bring.
The dialogue is subsidised by AVYLD via our sponsors, including flights and ground transportation during the Dialogue. We will provide further information about the extent of the flight subsidy ASAP.
AVYLD will provide an electronic acceptance letters (PDF format) for delegates to use and apply for the appropriate visa to the Australian embassy. The visa fee will be subsidised by AVYLD for Vietnamese delegates to reduce the overall cost of attending the Dialogue.