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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 Governments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Timor‑Leste, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on behalf of the European Union, remain deeply concerned about the dire situation in Myanmar, its growing toll on the people of Myanmar, and its worsening implications for regional stability. A peaceful and non-violent resolution of the crisis and return to democracy is a matter of urgency.

    International relations
  • Data collected by New Colombo Plan (NCP) mobility students has helped identify agricultural development opportunities to enhance the usage of lowland soil in the Lower Mekong River Basin.

    Photo of a farmers farming on a farm.
  • Pacific workers to support Queensland’s aged care sector

    I-Kiribati workers will support Queensland’s aged care sector from today, in a significant step forward for the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme.

    Trade and investment
  • Singapore-Australia Green Economy Agreement

    Australia and Singapore are developing a Green Economy Agreement (GEA) that will further accelerate both countries’ transition towards a green and sustainable future, and help to create good jobs and lower carbon emissions.

    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.


Stay informed on the potential implications of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

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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