Study Tours


Study tours are conducted periodically by the AIIA VIC and AIIA NSW and present a rare opportunity for members to visit fascinating areas of the globe, and to meet local dignitaries and representatives along the way.

Dates AIIA VIC Destinations
20 April – 4 May 2013 MyanmarThe tour was led by Mr Chris Lamb with Ms Robyn Byrne as deputy.  Chris has had a long association with Myanmar having served in the Australian Embassy in Yangon (Rangoon) from 1972 – 74 and again as ambassador from 1986 – 1989.  Retiring from DFAT after a 30 year career, he worked at the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva.   He currently holds a number of advisory positions with the IFRC and the Australian Red Cross, is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, and lectures online in Humanitarian Diplomacy through a Foundation associated with the University of Malta.  Robyn is a Council member of the Institute and has participated in many previous study tours.The itinerary had been designed to provide participants with an introduction to Myanmar’s cultural treasures as well as an overview of the remarkable changes that have occurred in the country since the opening up of the political system (and indeed of the whole economy and society) over the last few years.The briefing program included meetings with politicians from government and opposition parties, diplomats, economists and business people, journalists, representatives of human rights and humanitarian organisations and cultural figures.  It provided an opportunity to see how government is conducted at the local, regional and national levels.

Study Tour Report: AIIAV-2013-Study-Tour-to-Myanmar-Report (1.4 MB)

Programme Outline: AIIAV-2013-Study-Tour-Burma-Program-Outline (256.18 kB)

05 -19 May 2012 ChinaThe tour provided participants with a sense of Beijing and Shanghai (China’s two most populous cities) as well as a look at two very different parts of the country – Pingyao, an extremely well preserved traditional Han Chinese city dating back to the 14th century (which is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list) and Nanjing, the capital of the Jiangsu Province.  It is situated in the Yangtse River Delta and was on a number of occasions under-capital city of China and is one of China’s most important cities.  The tour also included briefing programs in Beijing and Shanghai, providing contact with embassy and consular officials, business people, media, academics, economists and bankers, politicans and representatives of humanitarian organisations and NGOs.

Program: AIIAV Study Tour China 2012 Program (159.09 kB)

Tour Leader’s Overview: IIAV-2012-China-Study-Tour-Leader-Report (362.52 kB)A

07 – 19 April 2011 VietnamThe tour included visits to Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue and Hoi An, Dalat, Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekon River Delta, providing participants with an insight into some of the cultural and touristic highlights of Vietnam.  There also were diplomatic, political, commercial and academic briefings in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

AIIAV Study Tour 2011 Vietnam Report (273.58 kB)

AIIAV Study Tour 2011 Vietnam Programme (190.61 kB)

14 – 26 June 2010 USA – cancelled
26 April – 7 May 2010 East Timor A tour of East Timor including visits to Dili, Maubisse, Baucau, Los Palmos and Com.

AIIAV – Study Tour 2010 Timor Leste Report (295.9 kB)

23 May – 6 June 2009 IndonesiaA tour of Indonesia including visits to Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Bali.

AAIAV Study Tour to Indonesia 24 May – 6 June 2009 (109.28 kB)
Tour Leader’s Report of the AIIAV Study Tour to Indonesia 24 May – 6 June 2009 (Zara Kimpton) (141.46 kB)

6 – 19 July 2008 Russian Federation A tour of the Russian Federation including visits to Moscow, Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Sergiev Posad and St. Petersburg.Tour Leader’s Report of the AIIAV Study Tour to the Russian Federation 7-19 July 2008 (Leslie Rowe) (106.67 kB)
11 – 27 November 2007 IndiaA tour of India including visits to Delhi, Agra, Bangelore, Mysore, Madumalai, Coimbatore, Cochin, Alleppey, Chennai and the Mahabalipuram.
7 – 22 May 2006 TurkeyAIIAV Study Tour – Turkey, May 2006A tour of Turkey including visits to Ankara, Cappadocia, Egirdir, Kusadasi, Izmir, Istanbul and the Gallipoli Battlefields.
31 Jan – 14 Feb 2005 Cambodia and Laos Locations visited included Phnom Penh, the Siem Reap, the ancient city of Angkor, Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
9 – 22 April 2003 Sri LankaLocations visited included Kandalama, Kandy, Wadduwa and Colombo.
3 – 16 April 2000 South America Chile: 3-6 April
Argentina: 7-9 April
Brazil: 9-16 April
10 – 27 September 1998 People’s Republic of China
14 – 28 November 1996 South Africa Locations visited included Johannesburg, Sun City, Swellendam and Cape Town.
29 March – 9 April 1987 People’s Republic of China Locations visited included Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.