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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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  • The 2019-20 Consular State of Play is a snapshot of the consular assistance provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to Australians overseas during the last financial year.

  • The Australian Government continues to prioritise helping vulnerable Australians overseas to return and will provide a further 20 commercial flights from locations around the world.

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  • New faces in Australian energy like innovative Australian business Power Ledger are accessing our global network as Australia is fast becoming the hub for world-class clean energy investments and exports.

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  • The Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State, have released a joint statement on arrests in Hong Kong.

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    International relations

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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