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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) promotes and protects Australia’s international interests to support our security and prosperity.

We work with international partners and other countries to tackle global challenges, increase trade and investment opportunities, protect international rules, keep our region stable and help Australians overseas.

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  • On the 12th of October, Australia will commemorate the anniversary of the 2002 Bali bombings which tragically took 202 lives, including 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians and injured many more.

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    News, speeches and media
  • Appointment of Australian Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls-General

    Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong announces new appointments that strengthen Australia’s diplomatic capability and match people with the right qualifications and expertise to senior postings.

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    International relations
  • Sentencing of Professor Sean Turnell

    The Australian Government rejects today’s court ruling in Myanmar against Australian Professor Sean Turnell and calls for his immediate release. Professor Turnell was tried in a closed court. Australia’s Chargé d'Affaires and consular officials in Myanmar made every effort to attend the verdict but were denied access to the court.

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    International relations
  • Advancing the Australian-Spanish trade relationship

    Minister for Trade and Tourism, Senator the Hon Don Farrell meet with Ms Maria Reyes Maroto Illera, the Spanish Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, to advance the Australian–Spanish economic, trade and investment relationship. 

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    Trade and investment

Ministers

Senator the Hon Penny Wong

Senator the Hon Penny Wong

Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Assistant Ministers

Senator the Hon Tim Ayres

Senator the Hon Tim Ayres
Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement

The Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA) was signed on 2 April 2022.

Pacific Step-up

Stepping up Australia’s engagement with our Pacific family.

Vaccine access and health security

Supporting our region to access COVID-19 vaccines and build resilience to health security challenges.

New Colombo Plan

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

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

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