Australia is a middle power in Asia.
Its score increased by 0.1 points in 2022, a slight improvement on 2021, making Australia one of just six countries in the region to register an upward change in its overall score.
Australia performs best in defence networks, where it places second, though this score declined in 2022 due to relatively fewer defence dialogues being convened throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2022, Australia saw its greatest improvement in its diplomatic influence measure, which rose to fifth. Australia’s rising diplomatic influence score reflects greater confidence by experts surveyed in the ability of the new Albanese Labor government to advance Australia’s interests, as compared to the previous Morrison Coalition government.
Australia exerts more influence in the region than expected given its available resources, as indicated by the country’s positive power gap score.
Read more analysis in the Key Findings report. Explore further results in the Scores section.
A country’s weighted average across eight measures of power
Economic size and attributes with the most geopolitical relevance
Capacity to deter real or potential threats to state stability
Projected distribution of future economic, military and demographic resources
The capacity to exercise influence and leverage through economic interdependencies
Defence partnerships that act as force multipliers of military capability
The extent and standing of a state’s foreign relations
Ability to shape international public opinion through cultural appeal and interaction