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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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  • “The more you know, the more you can do.” Rachel’s unwavering passion for teaching compelled her to pursue opportunities, even when they were confronting.

    Rachel Spackman and a Mobile Kindy student at the Blue Pacific Village Event for the 51st Pacific Island Leaders Forum Meeting (Photo credit: Rachel Spackman)
  • Visit to the United States

    Senator the Hon Don Farrell, Minister for Trade and Tourism will travel to the United States for a visit to Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York to promote Australia as a tourism destination, to strengthen the Australia-US economic relationship, and to discuss opportunities and challenges for our economies and the Indo-Pacific region.

    Trade and investment
  • U.S.-Australia-Japan trilateral strategic dialogue

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, and Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa met in Phnom Penh on the margins of the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

    International relations
  • Cross-Strait tensions

    Australia is deeply concerned about the launch of ballistic missiles by China into waters around Taiwan's coastline.

    International relations


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.


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

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