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The department works to make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous, to provide timely and responsive consular and passport services, and to ensure a secure Australian Government presence overseas.

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the government. We work with other government agencies to ensure that Australia's pursuit of its global, regional and bilateral interests is coordinated effectively.

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  • To celebrate 2021 International Women’s Day, three New Colombo Plan women Scholars reflect on their experiences of Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” and the contribution of women and girls to shaping a more equal future around the world.

    Jessie Nguyen (right) and Amanda Cundy – MCs at the AusNZ Chamber of Commerce Awards 2019.
  • Statement on Myanmar

    Australia has raised our grave concerns about the military coup in Myanmar and the escalating violence and rising death toll following the events of 1 February.

    International relations
  • The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has bounded into a new era of gamification with the launch of KangaZoo, an interactive and innovative wildlife game that further supports Australia’s bushfire recovery.

    KangaZoo – Australian Wildlife Rescue branding.
  • The New Colombo Plan program has opened many doors to past scholars and each agrees that the experience was invaluable in bringing about new opportunities to shape their individual futures and for some, in unexpected ways.


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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