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Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally



Appendix 1

Ministerial responsibilities

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Hon. Stephen Smith, MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon. Stephen Smith, MP Mr Smith has responsibility for the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio, including administration of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is responsible for bilateral political relationships, international political, multilateral and legal issues, including the treaty-making process, UN engagement, human rights, arms control and disarmament issues.

Mr Smith is responsible for pursuing Australia’s trade and investment interests through trade and economic diplomacy and negotiations. He is responsible for Australia’s engagement with the World Trade Organization (WTO), including the Doha Development Round of world trade talks, trade dispute settlement and other key global trade matters, along with Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) trade issues. Mr Smith actively pursues Australia’s trade and economic interests, through the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, the ASEAN–Australia–New Zealand FTA, negotiations to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and PACER Plus with our South Pacific neighbours and through the pursuit of other FTAs with trading partners.

Mr Smith is responsible for development assistance, consular and passport functions and the management of Australia’s overseas estate.

Mr Smith has primary carriage of public affairs activities and questions of protocol.

Mr Smith shares responsibility for international security and counter-terrorism issues with the Minister for Defence.

He has responsibility for the administration and management of AusAID (the Australian Agency for International Development), the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO), the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Austrade (including the Export Market Development Grants Scheme, TradeStart, Investment Attraction and Brand Australia) and the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC).

Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, The Hon. Bob McMullan, MP

Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, The Hon. Bob McMullan, MPMr McMullan supports the Minister for Foreign Affairs in implementing Australia’s international development policy and is responsible for the day-to-day management of issues related to the aid program. This involves working closely with AusAID, international development partners, other donor governments and international organisations to advance Australia’s development objectives. He is also responsible for raising the awareness of the Government’s aid policies and priorities among the Australian public through the media and public events.

 
 
Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, The Hon. Anthony Byrne, MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, The Hon. Anthony Byrne, MPMr Byrne supports the Minister for Trade in promoting and advocating the Government’s trade and investment attraction policy. Mr Byrne works with the Minister for Trade, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Austrade to implement export, business development and investment attraction programs. He is responsible for raising the awareness of the Government’s trade and investment policies and priorities among the Australian public through media and public events. Mr Byrne represents the Minister for Trade at trade-related functions. He also seeks to help Australian companies capitalise on new market access opportunities resulting from multilateral, regional and bilateral agreements, especially with respect to the ASEAN–Australia–New Zealand FTA and the Australia–Chile FTA.

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