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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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  • 30th Anniversary of Cambodia’s Peace Agreements

    Thirty years ago, Australia was one of 19 co-signatories to a peace settlement with Cambodia that led to the end of decades of civil war.

    International relations
  • Strengthening trade in the Indo-Pacific

    Australian farmers and businesses stand to benefit from better export opportunities with the Australian Government today securing passage of implementing legislation for RCEP.

    Trade and investment
  • Statement on the situation in Ethiopia

    Australia is deeply concerned at reports of airstrikes on the Tigray capital, Mekelle, and the escalation of conflict in northern Ethiopia.  Australia condemns the ongoing fighting, use of sexual violence and severe restrictions on humanitarian access.

    News, speeches and media
  • Supporting Australia’s FinTech sector

    The EY FinTech Australia Census 2021 published today highlights the growing industry employment, rising entrepreneurship, strong overall growth in capital raising and an increasing number of start-ups moving to post-profit.

    Trade and investment

The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP

The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP

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

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.

Climate Action

Australia is taking practical action on climate change

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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