Feature stories - March 2011

Bali Process Ministerial Conference

30 March 2011

The Bali Process Ministerial Conference took a major step towards tackling people smuggling by agreeing to a regional cooperation framework.

Minister's joint media release

Final Co-Chairs' statement

Visit to Papua New Guinea

29 March 2011

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles, visits an eye care clinic at Port Moresby General Hospital in Papua New Guinea accompanied by Australian High Commissioner Ian Kemish, and his wife Roxanne Martens.

More about Papua New Guinea

Media release: Australia reinforces commitment to a better Bougainville

Visit to New Zealand

26 March 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd visited Christchurch for biannual talks with his New Zealand counterpart, Foreign Minister Murray McCully, and to visit areas of Christchurch affected by the February earthquake.

Media release: Christchurch and Queensland rising above disaster

Press conference: 25 March 2010

Joint press conference: 26 March 2010

Photo: Reading with year 2 students at St Michael's and All Angels Anglican Church and School in Christchurch

Through Australian eyes

24 March 2011

On 23 March Foreign Minister Rudd launched the photographic exhibition, Through Australian Eyes, which recognises the significant contribution of Australian civilians working in Afghanistan

Mr Rudd paid tribute to 28 staff from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and AusAID.

Photographic exhibition recognises Australian civilian work in Afghanistan

Photo: Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Afghan Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani attend the opening of the photographic exhibition "Through Australian Eyes".

Australian expertise to assist after natural disasters and conflict

22 March 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, said the establishment of the Australian Civilian Corps will see a select group of civilian specialists deployed to assist countries recovering and rebuilding after devastation.

Media release

Australian Civilian Corps - AusAID

Photo: Officials from AusAID, DFAT, the ADF, and a Queensland Search and Rescue Team coordinate Australia's response to the 2009 Padang earthquake. Credit: Australian Defence Force.

European Union Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht with Australian Trade Minister Craig Emerson

Ministerial Meeting with EU Trade Commissioner

17 March 2011

At the Australia-EU Ministerial Meeting on Trade held in Sydney, Trade Minister Craig Emerson and European Union Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht agreed that finalising the Doha Round of global trade liberalisation was a top priority for both Australia and the EU.

Media release: Ministerial Meeting on Trade with European Trade Commissioner De Gucht

Australian consular relief team working in Japan

Australian consular relief team in Japan

15 March 2011

An Australian-led consular relief team has visited evacuation centres in the earthquake and tsunami devastated regions around Sendai in northern Japan. It was the first foreign Government relief team into the region. They are working with Canadian, UK, NZ and US consular officials to locate and identify foreign nationals in the evacuation centres.

Smartraveller: Japan travel advice

Trade in services Australia 2009-10 publication cover

Trade in services Australia

15 March 2011

A comprehensive statistical publication on services trade between Australia and our major partners, this publication draws on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization and other sources.

Media release: China becomes Australia's largest services export market

Publication: Trade in services Australia 2009-10

Australian Ambassador to Tunisia Mrs Stephanie Schwabsky, Mr Kevin Rudd and Tunisian Head of Protocol in Tunis street on 10 March 2011

Visit to Tunisia

11 March 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the Gaddafi regime's attacks on its own people are causing acute hardship both inside Libya and for those who have fled to neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt.

Media release: Further assistance for victims of Gaddafi's violence

Visit to French Polynesia

10 March 2011

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles made his first visit to French Polynesia on 8 and 9 March.

Mr Marles met senior political figures including President Gaston Tong Sang and French High Commissioner, Mr Richard Didier.

Austrade assistance for disaster-affected exporters

10 March 2011

Austrade will assist businesses whose exports and international investment activities had been affected by Australia's recent natural disasters.

Small to medium-sized enterprises whose exports or international investment activities have been affected by natural disaster should contact Austrade on 13 28 78.

100th anniversary of International Women's Day

8 March 2011

Leaders from the Asia-Pacific region and DFAT representatives attended the Advance Women's Leadership Summit in Sydney to mark the centenary of International Women's Day. Many Asia-Pacific delegates were nominated as inspiring women leaders in business, education, science and technology and the media, and received support from the Australian Government to attend the summit.

Visit to Israel

6 March 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister's Office on 6 March. Photo by Mati Millstein.

Foreign Minister's visit to Afghanistan

4 March 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd met with the Deputy Governor of Uruzgan Khoday Rahim Khan during a visit to Afghanistan on 2 March 2011.

Trade at a Glance 2010

3 March 2011

Trade at a Glance 2010 is a concise summary of Australia's trade performance.

It features information about Australian exports, imports, investment abroad and foreign investment in Australia.

It also highlights Australia's key trading partners and the Government's trade policy.

Trade at a Glance 2010

Graduate applications now open

2 March 2011

Applications for the Department's 2012 graduate programs will be accepted from 24 February - 18 March 2011.

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