Australia's relationship with Germany has taken a major step forward with the signing of a Strategic Partnership by Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Germany's Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Guido Westerwelle in Berlin on 28 January 2013.
Trade Minister Craig Emerson with Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Australia to provide $2 million to World Food Programme
24 January 2013
Australia will provide $2 million to help the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) feed 575,000 refugees in Kenya that have fled war and drought in the region.
Foreign Minister visit to India
23 January 2013
Australia's relationship with India has been further advanced in talks this week between Foreign Minister Bob Carr and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid in New Delhi.
18 January 2013
The Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Bob Carr and Stephen Smith, and the UK Foreign and Defence Secretaries, William Hague and Philip Hammond, met for the fifth Australia-UK Ministerial Consultations (AUKMIN) in Perth.
World Future Energy Summit
16 January 2013
Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Richard Marles, told the World Future Energy Summit in the United Arab Emirates that working towards an international solution to climate change remained one of the Australia Government's highest priorities.
Elizabeth O'Neill Journalism Award
15 January 2013
Foreign Minister Bob Carr has announced ABC journalist, Amy Bainbridge, and Indonesian online news editor, Renne Kawilarang, as this year's winners of the Elizabeth O'Neill Journalism Award.
Australia International Cultural Council Grants Program
14 January 2013
The AICC Grants Program is now inviting expressions of interest for international arts and cultural projects. The program funds Australian projects that support foreign and trade policy priorities and enhance understanding of Australia overseas
Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) enters into force
1 January 2013
Now in operation, 97.6 per cent of Australian goods currently exported to Malaysia are eligible for tariff-free treatment, rising to 99 per cent in 2017.
Media release: Free Trade Agreement with Malaysia in Force
About the Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement