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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

Appendix 1

Ministerial responsibilities

Minister for Foreign Affairs,
Senator the Hon. Bob Carr

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Senator Carr has overall responsibility for the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio, including administration of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is responsible for all non-trade international political, multilateral and legal issues (including the treaty-making process), development assistance matters, consular and passport functions and management of the overseas estate. In addition, he is responsible for all human rights, arms control and disarmament issues, peacekeeping, and the non-trade related aspects of the UN system. Senator Carr shares responsibility for international security and counter-terrorism issues with the Minister for Defence. Senator Carr has primary carriage of non-trade related public affairs activities and questions of protocol.

He also has responsibility for the administration and management of AusAID, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

Minister for Trade and Competitiveness,
The Hon. Dr Craig Emerson, MP

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Dr Emerson is responsible for pursuing Australia's trade and investment interests around the world. He does this through representation at multilateral bodies such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and also through a range of regional groupings. The Minister also engages regularly with counterparts from Australia's trading partners on bilateral issues, particularly free trade agreement negotiations.

Dr Emerson chairs the Cairns Group of agricultural exporting countries. He is also responsible for trade and development issues, including aid for trade.

At the regional level, Dr Emerson pursues Australia's interests through: the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and East Asia Summit forums; the ASEAN–Australia–New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and through negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. He is also leading negotiations on free trade agreements with an array of regional trading partners.

Dr Emerson has responsibility for Australia's trade promotion agency, Austrade, and Australia's export facilitation agency, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation.

In early 2012, Dr Emerson's portfolio was expanded to include Competitiveness, in recognition that trade policy, productivity and micro-economic reform are inextricably linked. Dr Emerson is also assisting the Prime Minister in driving the White Paper project on Australia in the Asian Century.

Parliamentary Secretary for Trade,
The Hon. Justine Elliot, MP

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Mrs Elliot supports the Minister for Trade in promoting and advocating the Government's trade and investment attraction policy.

The Parliamentary Secretary has responsibility for the implementation of export, business development and investment attraction programs; this includes TradeStart, the Export Market Development Grants Scheme and Brand Australia. Mrs Elliot also, under the Future Unlimited brand, promotes Australian International Education throughout the world.

Additionally Mrs Elliot is responsible for raising the awareness of the Government's trade and investment policies and priorities amongst the Australian public through media and public events.

The Parliamentary Secretary regularly represents the Minister for Trade at trade-related functions. In her role she assists Australian companies capitalise on new market access opportunities resulting from multilateral, regional and bilateral agreements.

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs,
The Hon. Richard Marles, MP

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Mr Marles supports the Minister for Foreign Affairs in advancing Australia's interests and diplomatic relations within the Foreign Affairs portfolio. In particular, Mr Marles works with Pacific island countries in taking forward and building on Australia's partnership approach to the region based on mutual respect and responsibility. He also works more broadly with other small and developing states, as well as international organisations, on a broad range of bilateral and multilateral issues. These include portfolio-related development assistance, international trade, climate change and environmental issues, as well as initiatives in the health, education, sports, women and youth sectors. Mr Marles shares responsibility for raising the Australian public's awareness of the Government's policies and priorities through the media and public events.

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