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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. Working with businesses to support our partners in the Indo-Pacific opens up a world of new possibilities in our priority areas:

"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

Responding to COVID-19

The COVID-19 global pandemic is currently the over-riding challenge for the Indo-Pacific with significant impacts across countries and economies.

The Australian Government's development policy Partnerships for Recovery – Australia's COVID-19 Development Responseand performance framework, outline Australia's approach to tackling COVID-19 in our region focussed on health security, stability and economic recovery. Under this policy, DFAT is pivoting existing private sector programs to support economic recovery. We are working with businesses to create livelihood opportunities, support inclusive business practices, enhance gender equality and support countries to build back better and strengthen resilient economic recovery.

Why work with us?

We work with business to leverage each other's assets, connections, creativity and expertise to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. We do this by being a credible, capable partner to the private sector and by engaging with the private sector directly, and where necessary in partnership with foreign governments, international organisations and civil society.



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.

Supporting resources:

More information

For further information, contact the Private Sector Partnerships Section at

Our portfolio partners

The aid program is managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with links to other parts of the portfolio including Austrade, EFIC and ACIAR.

Private sector partners

The Department partners with a diverse range of partners to deliver its private sector engagement programs.

  • Global Compact Network Australia

    The GCNA represents Australian signatories to the United Nations Global Compact – the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative.


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