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Regional architecture

Quad

Australia's Quad partnership with India, Japan and the United States is a key pillar in Australia’s foreign policy. The Quad is a diplomatic network of four countries committed to supporting a free and open Indo-Pacific that is inclusive and resilient. It complements our other bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation, including with ASEAN member states and Pacific partners.

The Quad has a positive, practical agenda to respond to the region’s most pressing challenges, including COVID-19 vaccines, climate change, infrastructure, critical and emerging technology, cyber security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, space, maritime security, countering disinformation, and counter-terrorism.

Quad partners are steadfast supporters of ASEAN centrality, the ASEAN-led architecture and ASEAN’s Outlook on Indo-Pacific.

The Quad's origins date back to our collaboration in response to the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Quad meetings and processes

Quad partners engage regularly through Leaders, Foreign Ministers, Sherpas, senior officials, and experts.

Leaders’ Summits

On 24 May 2022, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida hosted the fourth Quad Leaders’ Summit, the second in-person, with Prime Minister Albanese, Indian Prime Minister Modi and US President Biden. Leaders were accompanied in Tokyo by Foreign Minister Wong, Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi, Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Blinken. Leaders issued a Joint Statement.

At the 24 May 2022 Summit, leaders acknowledged the progress the Quad had made on existing commitments, including taking action on climate change; supporting regional partners respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic, such as delivering over 670 million safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses; addressing cyber security; harnessing critical and emerging technologies; and cooperating on space-related applications and technologies.

Leaders announced further Quad initiatives on health security, climate change, maritime domain awareness, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, cyber, space and infrastructure. Together, leaders officially launched the Quad Fellowship, bringing together a talented cohort of next-generation STEM minds from Quad countries.

On 4 March 2022, Quad Leaders met virtually to reaffirm their commitment to the Indo-Pacific and to discuss the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Leaders issued a Joint Statement.

On 24 September 2021, US President Biden hosted the first in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit with former Prime Minister Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Modi and then Japanese Prime Minister Suga in Washington. Leaders issued a Joint Statement and Summit Fact Sheet.

The inaugural virtual Leaders’ Summit was held on 12 March 2021 (13 March AEDT) - see Joint Statement and Summit Fact Sheet.

Leaders have agreed to meet annually.

The Quad leaders’ track is led by Australia’s Quad Sherpa in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Foreign Ministers' Meetings

Quad Leaders’ meetings build on extensive engagement by Quad Foreign Ministers.

Foreign Minister Wong, who accompanied the Prime Minister to Tokyo for the Quad Leaders Summit, met bilaterally with her Quad counterparts.

On 11 February 2022, the fourth Quad Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held in Melbourne with former Australian Foreign Minister Payne, Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar, Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi and US Secretary of State Blinken. Foreign Ministers issued a Joint Statement.

Previous Quad Foreign Ministers’ Meetings were held on 18 February 2021 (virtual meeting), 6 October 2020 (Tokyo), 26 September 2019 (New York).

Quad Foreign Ministers exchange views on regional strategic challenges and lead a program of practical cooperation on core regional priorities, including maritime security, countering disinformation, counter-terrorism and humanitarian and disaster relief.

Quad senior officials meet regularly to exchange strategic assessments and progress practical cooperation led by Foreign Ministers.

The Quad foreign ministers’ track is led by Australia’s Quad Senior Official in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Experts’ engagement

Senior Quad experts engage regularly across the breadth of the Quad's practical cooperation agenda.

Key publications

May 2022 Quad Leaders’ Summit

Media releases and statements

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