Australia and Indonesia have agreed to advance mutually beneficial cooperation on battery manufacturing, critical minerals processing and other aspects of the electric vehicle ecosystem.
Australian Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic has used his visit to Jakarta to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing an EV collaboration mechanism, with Acting Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Erick Thohir.
Under the mechanism arrangement, both countries will work together on mapping EV supply chains, joint scientific and research studies, as well as fostering new business-to-business links.
The mechanism builds on previous agreement between Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and President Joko Widodo to advance cooperation on the EV ecosystem.
It also follows the announcement of the AU$200 million Australia-Indonesia Climate and Infrastructure Partnership launched by leaders last year.
Husic stated that both Australia and Indonesia recognise the potential of electric vehicles and battery manufacturing and that through this collaboration on growing clean energy supply chains, both countries can further shared economic interests — as well as trade and investment links.
“This mechanism also paves the way for harnessing joint scientific and research studies, including around critical minerals processing and battery development, and facilitating partnerships between businesses in both our countries,” said Husic.