Private sector partnerships
Private sector partnerships
This is the Government's invitation to the private sector to work with us on social and economic development challenges in our region. By bringing the private sector in as a core partner in delivering support to our partner countries, we are opening up a world of new possibilities across our priority investment areas:
Operational Framework for Private Sector Engagement
On 28 March 2019 the Operational Framework for Private Sector Engagement in Australia's Aid Program was released. The Operational Framework is an action plan to strengthen the Department's culture, capability and systems to engage with the private sector and improve the ease of business engagement with the Department.
Engaging the Private Sector
The guidance note provides practical information and examples on how DFAT can deliver effective development outcomes in partnership with the private sector. The aim is to enhance Australia’s economic and development outcomes through our engagement with the private sector.
For further information, contact our Private Sector Development Section at firstname.lastname@example.org
Private sector engagement was launched as a development priority of the Department by the former Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon Julie Bishop MP. Ms Bishop launched the Ministerial statement on Engaging the Private Sector in Aid and Development on 31 August 2015.
"We congratulate the Australian Government on adopting a shared value strategy to engage private corporations in global development."
"Partnering with business… will enable the Australian Government to multiply the impact of its resources and places Australian aid at the forefront of global innovation."
Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer, creators of Shared Value concept
Why work with us?
We aim to work together to leverage each other's assets, connections, creativity and expertise to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. We will achieve this by being a credible, capable partner to the private sector and by engaging with the private sector as one of our mainstream partners.
Want to work with us?
First review where we give aid and our development priorities to see what opportunities are available in your area of interest. If our interests align, the next step is to contact the relevant Embassy or High Commission if you are outside of Australia, or DFAT's state and territory offices within Australia.
Our portfolio partners
The aid program is managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with growing links to other parts of the portfolio including Austrade, EFIC and ACIAR.
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Advances Australia's national interest through maintaining its foreign, trade and investment interests, and delivering an effective aid program
- Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)
Advances Australia's international trade, investment, education and tourism interests by providing information, advice and services
- Export Finance And Insurance Corporation (Efic)
An export credit agency partnering with banks to provide financial solutions for Australian businesses
- Australian Centre For International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Commissions research that leads to more productive and sustainable agriculture through collaborative projects involving Australia and developing country partners
- Global Compact Network Australia
The GCNA represents Australian signatories to the United Nations Global Compact – the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative.
Some of our partners