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The department works to make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous, to provide timely and responsive consular and passport services, and to ensure a secure Australian Government presence overseas.

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the government. We work with other government agencies to ensure that Australia's pursuit of its global, regional and bilateral interests is coordinated effectively.

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  • The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has bounded into a new era of gamification with the launch of KangaZoo, an interactive and innovative wildlife game that further supports Australia’s bushfire recovery.

    KangaZoo – Australian Wildlife Rescue branding.
  • The New Colombo Plan program has opened many doors to past scholars and each agrees that the experience was invaluable in bringing about new opportunities to shape their individual futures and for some, in unexpected ways.

  • Statement on Vaccination

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Women and Acting Defence Minister, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, has become the second member of the Government to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as part of a national programme that will offer jabs to all Australians by October.

    International relations
  • Australia and the Republic of Korea (ROK) held virtually the inaugural Australia-ROK Senior Officials Policy Dialogue on our support for Southeast Asia and ASEAN.

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    International relations

Public objections on terms proposed by the EU for protection as geographical indications in Australia.


Stepping up Australia’s engagement with our Pacific family.


Stay informed on the potential implications of the UK’s exit from the EU.

New Colombo Plan

Scholarships and grants for study and internships/ mentorships in the Indo-Pacific region.


A new initiative matching Australian business demand with Pacific island skills.

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