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The prime minister will fly out for Jakarta on Sunday, where he will hold key talks with President Joko Widodo.
Mr Albanese said while he had already spoken with President Widodo since becoming prime minister, he was looking forward to continuing bilateral talks with Indonesia.
'My government is determined to have better relations across the Indo-Pacific region,' he told reporters in Perth on Sunday morning.
Anthony Albanese will travel to Indonesia to speak with President Joko Widodo on Sunday - with China's growing interest in the Pacific to be a topic of conversation
'My discussions with President Widodo have been very cordial and positive ... we've met, of course, in the past, I look forward to the next couple of days.'
Following the talks in Jakarta, Mr Albanese will also visit the city of Makassar in the country's east.
He said it was critical that relations with Indonesia extended to all of the country.
'It's important that we recognise that Indonesia isn't just Jakarta and Bali, it is a vast archipelago,' Mr Albanese said.
'It is an important nation to our north, the largest Muslim country on the planet.'
On the agenda will be trade, climate change and energy, as well as regional and global interests.
Discussions are also set to take place on the Indonesia-Australia comprehensive economic partnership agreement, along with Australia's proposed $200 million climate and infrastructure fund.
The visit to Indonesia will continue an Australian diplomatic tradition of newly elected prime ministers making the country one of their first ports of call.
Mr Albanese said while he had already spoken with President Widodo since becoming prime minister, he was looking forward to continuing bilateral talks with Indonesia
Mr Albanese also admitted he is yet to have a one-on-one discussion with East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta after the country signed agreements with China.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi