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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.

Read the Operational Framework for Private Sector Engagement

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.

Read the Guidance note for engaging the private sector

More information

For further information, contact our Private Sector Development Section at


Ministerial statement

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.

Cover of Creating shared value through partnership document

Creating shared value through partnership: Ministerial statement on engaging the private sector in aid and development

"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.

Business resources

Some of our partners


The Fabric Social logo
Cotton Australia logo
WWF logo
VBSP logo
MasterCard logo
Base Titanium logo
Business for Development logo
Digicel logo
Marie Stopes International logo
Pou Chen Group logo
Philanthropy Australia logo
AVI logo - inviting change
The Asia Foundation logo
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition logo
ActionAid logo
Better Cotton Initiative logo (
Intrepid logo
Shared Value Project logo
Cotton On Group logo
Dialog logo
EY logo
Palladium make it possible logo
Elevate logo
Krissy logo
Village Infrastructure logo
Engro logo
East West Seed logo
Essilor logo
BSCL Bangladesh SME Corporation Limited logo
MEDA logo
Mart Business Mind Social Heart logo
Fairtrade Australia New Zealand logo
krawma logo
Oxfam logo
University of Sydney logo
4 Season Premium Animal Nutrition logo
Last Updated: 23 July 2018
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