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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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  • Visit to Palau

    Minister Payne will visit Palau on December 2 to 4 to advance our two countries’ strong and growing relationship, and our shared support for an open, resilient and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

    International relations
  • Strengthening Australia’s sanctions regime

    Australia has a strong history of promoting and protecting human rights globally, supporting the international rules-based order, and acting in the interests of international peace and security.

    International relations
  • National Foundation for Australia-China Relations Chief Executive Officer appointment

    Mr Peter Cai has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations.

  • Pause to further easing of border restrictions

    On the basis of medical advice provided by the Chief Medical Officer of Australia, Professor Paul Kelly, the National Security Committee has taken the necessary and temporary decision to pause the next step to safely reopen Australia to international skilled and student cohorts, as well as humanitarian, working holiday maker and provisional family visa holders from 1 December until 15 December.


The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP

The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP
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.

Climate Action

Australia is taking practical action on climate change

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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