Malaysia is part of Southeast Asia and lies just north of the equator. It borders Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei. Malaysia is culturally and linguistically diverse and has many natural resources and strong manufacturing industries. It is one of the larger economies in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) with an economy that is steadily growing, assisted by the production of natural commodities such as oil, gas and palm oil. Since independence in 1957, Malaysia has developed a large middle class and its capital city, Kuala Lumpur is one of the world's vibrant mega cities.
Australia has a strong relationship with Malaysia and has links that focus on education, defence and trade as well as cooperation on a range of security issues. In fact, Malaysia is Australia's third largest trading partner in ASEAN and tenth largest overall further enhanced by the signing of the Malaysia–Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) in May 2012.
Federal constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy
Value of Australia exports
Curated digital content lists
Access Malaysia-focused digital resource lists designed to support teachers to implement the Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia cross-curriculum priority of the Australian Curriculum in the learning areas of English, History, Geography, Science, Mathematics and The Arts.
Year 4 – Traditional Malaysian tales
Year 7 – Malaysian poetry
Year 9 – Malaysian youth magazines
Year 10 – Australia–Malaysia connections
Year 4 – First contacts - Macassans
Year 9 – Colonial Malaysia
Year 7 – Liveability: Urban Malaysia
Years 7-8 – Malaysian films
Years 9-10 – Malaysian media artists
Access five new learning sequences with a focus on Malaysia:
Geography Science English
Explore the connections between Australia and Malaysia.
Examine the role the Z Force in Malaya during World War II.
Investigate food webs and the impact of human activity in Borneo rainforests.
Analyse four contemporary short stories and how they reflect life in Malaysia.
The Arts Mathematics
Discover Malaysian wayang puppet theatre and its contemporary revival.
Construct and interpret climate graphs for cities in the Asia region.
Engage with the poetry of hiphop artist and poetry slammer Omar Musa.
Australia and Malaysia
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – background information about Malaysia and its connections with Australia
Travel advisory information – travel advice about Malaysia
Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur – advice about Malaysia and news about current events
Malaysian High Commission in Canberra – news and events about Malaysia and its connections with Australia
Malaysia–Australia Free Trade Agreement – information about the Free Trade Agreement
Australia Malaysia Institute – news and information about the institutes current activities
The Star – provides current events and articles about issues impacting on Malaysia and its people
New Straits Times – current events and articles about issues impacting on Malaysia and its people
The Sun – current events and articles about issues impacting on Malaysia and its people
Radio Televisyen Malaysia – provides live-stream news items
BBC country profiles – provides and overview, facts, figures and current media information
The Economist topic index – provides current informstion about business and the economy
CIA world factbook – maps, images, facts and figures
Map, facts and figures
West Malaysia (area 131,794 square km) and East Malaysia (198,000 square km)
Equatorial, hot and humid all year
World heritage sites
Kinabalu National Park and Gunung Mulu National Park
Filling the Gap: Teaching about Malaysia through the Australian Curriculum is supported by the Commwealth through the Australia-Malaysia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.