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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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  • Joint statement on increasing violence in Myanmar

    We reiterate our grave concern over reports of ongoing human rights violations and abuses by the Myanmar Security Forces across the country, including credible reports of sexual violence and torture, especially in Chin State, Sagaing Region and Magwe Region.

    International relations
  • Promoting the rules-based trading system

    Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan will travel to Geneva, Switzerland to lead Australia’s delegation to the 12th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference (MC12).

    Trade and investment
  • Solomon Islands

    We have been watching the ongoing protests in Honiara with concern. We continue to call for calm, for an end to any further violence and emphasise the importance of resolving tensions peacefully.

    International relations
  • Australian exporters recognised

    Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan has praised all the businesses involved in the Australian Export Awards for their contribution to supporting jobs, the economy and local communities.

    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.

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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