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Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

OUTCOME 1

The advancement of Australia's international strategic, security and economic interests including through bilateral, regional and multilateral engagement on Australian Government foreign and trade policy priorities

Program 1.1: Foreign Affairs and Trade operations

Program management (advocacy and protection of Australia's interests)

Program management (services to other agencies)

Program management (services to diplomatic and consular representatives)

Program management (public information services and public diplomacy)

Program 1.2: Payments to international organisations

  • Administered item:
  • Payments to international organisations

Program 1.3: Public information services and public diplomacy

  • Administered items:
  • International relations grants program
  • Australia Network
  • Australia and New Zealand School of Government–China Advanced Leadership Program
  • Expositions Special Account

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION FOR OUTCOME 1

Outcome 1 strategy

The department will assist the Government to meet its foreign, trade and economic, and security objectives over 2011–12 and forward years through:

  • developing further Australia's relations with key international partners and countries of growing significance to Australia's national interests
  • working multilaterally to address global challenges relating to peace and security, climate change, sustainable growth and human rights and to advance Australia's interests through the United Nations, G20 and significant regional forums
  • promoting and strengthening regional and global cooperation and governance in countering terrorism, people smuggling and nuclear proliferation
  • contributing to national prosperity by maximising Australia's trade opportunities and market access gains through multilateral, regional and bilateral means
  • developing and implementing programs and projects to enhance international awareness and understanding of Australia and Australian policies to advance our national interests.

As the lead agency managing Australia's external affairs, the department will also continue to provide leadership at Australia's diplomatic missions overseas, manage and maintain Australia's diplomatic network, including the provision of services to other agencies represented overseas, and deliver services to diplomatic and consular representatives in Australia.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade