Australia’s public diplomacy mission is to inform, engage and influence audiences overseas and in Australia, advocating and messaging to broaden their understanding and bring about attitudes that align with Australia’s international policy priorities.
Our goal is to communicate Australia’s multicultural assets and track record as a tolerant society with strong political governance systems, which help make Australia a desirable place to visit and live, and a sound investment and study destination.
Our key tasks are to advocate Australia’s interests to a wide range of audiences; promote Australian expertise and excellence overseas, in science, education, research and culture; and promote Australia’s trade and investment policy and commercial interests.
Our objectives are to help bring about global and regional prosperity and security through:
- broader and deeper links between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, and promote Australia’s interest in Asia-Pacific integration through regional forums such as ASEAN and APEC
- highlighting internationally Australia’s support for political and security frameworks based in the United Nations Charter, whether through global, regional or bilateral engagement
- advancing the case for trade liberalisation and reform, and prioritising the G20 as the premier international forum for economic dialogue and cooperation
For detailed information, read the Public Diplomacy Strategy.
A Circle Closed – Australian author Tim Bonyhady traces his Austrian heritage
Australia's Ambassador to Austria, David Stuart, recently hosted a dinner for Australian author and academic Professor Tim Bonyhady, who was in Austria to launch the German translation of his book "Good Living Street – The Fortunes of my Viennese Family" (Wohllebengasse. Die Geschichte meiner Wiener Familie).
A project for the vision-impaired takes Australia's 'thank you' to the Gallipoli region
Staff from Australia's diplomatic post at Canakkale, near the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, were honoured guests at a graduation ceremony recently. The first class of vision-impaired students had completed a telephone operators' course at the Canakkale Blind Association.
'Sports diplomacy': the Socceroos visit Brazil
The Socceroos recently visited Brasilia to play an international friendly against the Brazilian football team, arguably the best team in the world. The visit was a powerful reminder of just effective 'sports diplomacy' can be.
Australian attitudes towards Indonesia
A DFAT-commissioned Newspoll report
In 2012, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) commissioned Newspoll to survey Australian attitudes to Indonesia. A sample of 1,200 adults across Australia was asked about their knowledge of Indonesia and for their thoughts on the importance of the bilateral relationship.
In the leadup to our Year of Focus on Indonesia, DFAT is publishing the research report as part of its contribution to a public discussion.