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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

Program 1.1: Foreign Affairs and Trade operations

Program 1.1 Objectives

  • To protect and advance the national interest through engaging in effective advocacy in Australia and overseas that promotes Australia's foreign, trade and economic, and international security interests
  • To deliver accurate and timely policy advice to Ministers and other high-level clients that addresses the challenges of an evolving international environment
  • To promote a whole-of-government approach to pursuit of Australia's interests abroad, including through leadership at overseas missions and coordination of the overseas diplomatic network
  • To ensure the security and protect the dignity of the diplomatic and consular corps serving in Australia by delivering a quality service and upholding Australia's obligations under the Vienna Conventions.

Program 1.1 Deliverables

  • Australia's foreign and trade policy interests and international standing are advanced through:
    • strengthened key international relationships, including a strong alliance with the United States, high-level political and economic engagement with Japan, China, India, Republic of Korea, and the countries of South-East Asia, a stronger partnership with the European Union and its members, and continued close ties with New Zealand and Canada
    • sustained engagement with Pacific island countries, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean to meet shared challenges and to promote global and regional stability, security and prosperity
    • strong participation in the United Nations and other multilateral forums, including international support for Australia's election to the UN Security Council for the 2013–14 term, promotion of effective international climate change action and sustainable development, and advocacy of human rights
    • contribution to enhanced regional architecture through the East Asia Summit (EAS), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and dialogue with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
    • support for Australia's hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth in 2011
    • promotion of high-quality public diplomacy, international media and cultural visit programs which improve understanding of Australia and Australian Government foreign and trade policies.
  • Australia's trade and economic opportunities are maximised, including through:
    • effective participation in the World Trade Organization (WTO), including through the Doha Round and leadership of the Cairns Group of agricultural exporting countries, and through G20 processes
    • effective leadership in advancing Australia's free trade agreement (FTA) agenda, including negotiating and implementing FTAs, and exploring opportunities where appropriate for new bilateral or regional FTAs.
  • An enhanced environment for security and development, including through:
    • effective whole-of-government efforts to promote stability and development in Afghanistan
    • promotion of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and counter-proliferation and arms control efforts, including in arms trade treaty negotiations and as chair of the Australia Group
    • participation in counter-terrorism programs and activities, including in South Asia, South-East Asia, the Middle East, eastern Africa, and in the new Global Terrorism Forum
    • contribution to whole-of-government efforts bilaterally and regionally to counter people smuggling, in particular through the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime.
  • Australia's international and portfolio responsibilities are met through:
    • effective coordination and sound advice to Ministers, members of parliament, government agencies, state and territory governments, business, non-governmental organisations, media and members of the public
    • sound advice on compliance with international legal obligations and contribution to the development of a strong international legal framework
    • effective leadership of, and provision of advice and support to, other government agencies at overseas missions in line with the Prime Minister's Directive on the Guidelines for the Management of the Australian Government Presence Overseas and service level agreements
    • quality service and support to the diplomatic and consular corps serving in Australia, including facilitation of accreditation and diplomatic visas, and the security and protection of dignity of diplomatic missions and their personnel, upholding Australia's obligations under the Vienna Conventions
    • management of the EFIC National Interest Account.

Program 1.1 Key performance indicators

  • High level of satisfaction of Ministers and other stakeholders with the quality and timeliness of advice, briefing and support in relation to Australia's foreign, trade and economic, and international security interests.
  • The department's advocacy, negotiation and liaison on Australia's foreign, trade and economic, and international security interests contributes positively to bilateral, regional and multilateral outcomes that help ensure the security and prosperity of Australia and Australians.
  • Government agencies at overseas missions are satisfied with service provided in accordance with the Prime Minister's Directive on the Guidelines for the Management of the Australian Government Presence Overseas and service level agreements in place.
  • The diplomatic and consular corps posted or accredited to Australia are satisfied with the level of service provided, including in terms of responsiveness and timeliness in meeting Australia's obligations under the Vienna Conventions.

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