The department works to make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting our interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth, specifically in the Indo–Pacific region.

In partnership with government and non-government organisations, business and community groups in Australia and overseas, the department leads the Government’s efforts to shape the regional and international environment, progress Australia’s international security priorities and strengthen global cooperation in ways that advance Australia’s interests.

The department works to open up new markets and generate conditions for increased trade and investment to strengthen Australia’s economy and create jobs. It helps lift living standards and reduce poverty in the Indo–Pacific region and beyond. The department projects a positive and contemporary image of Australia as a destination for business, investment, tourism and study and provides high-quality passport and consular services to Australian citizens.

The department’s purpose covers all three of our Portfolio Budget Statements 2015–16 (PBS) Outcomes (see Figure 2) and associated key performance indicators (KPIs).

The department achieves its purpose through nine priority functions:

  • Promoting a stable and prosperous regional and global environment by cultivating and deepening our engagement with bilateral and regional partners and multilateral institutions;
  • Improving market access for Australian goods and services, attracting foreign investment to Australia and supporting Australian business abroad;
  • Delivering an innovative aid program, centred on the Indo–Pacific region, which contributes to sustainable economic growth, poverty reduction and regional stability;
  • Providing a secure, efficient and responsive passport service, and prompt, effective and courteous consular services to Australian citizens travelling or living abroad;
  • Building personal networks and institutional links to enhance Australia’s influence, reputation and relationships internationally and promote Australia’s economic, cultural, educational, scientific and other national assets;
  • Leading the Government’s response to international crises including humanitarian emergencies in the
    Indo–Pacific region;
  • Strengthening international frameworks and norms that promote human rights, gender equality, democratic principles and the rule of law, international security, and open and transparent global markets;
  • Broadening knowledge and understanding within the Australian community and globally of the Government’s international policies and programs and the department’s role; and
  • Keeping government communications secure, Australia’s global property assets in good order, and ensuring the security and health of our staff.
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