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  • The Australian Government welcomes the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General’s announcement of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response to evaluate the world’s response into COVID-19.

    International relations
  • The Australian Government remains deeply concerned about China’s imposition of a broad national security law on Hong Kong. 

    International relations
  • Australians holidaying in their own backyard this year will be critical to helping our tourism industry get back on its feet, with new quarterly data revealing the impact of the bushfire crisis and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic on international and domestic visitation.

    Trade and investment
  • New export opportunities for Australian farmers, businesses and investors will begin to flow from today with the start of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).

    Trade and investment

Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Photograph of Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham

Photograph of Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham

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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