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  • Reducing red tape for Australian services exporters

    New rules agreed at the World Trade Organization (WTO) will reduce red tape and regulatory costs for Australian services exporters, making it easier for Australian businesses to export to the world

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    Trade and investment
  • Visit to Palau

    Minister Payne will visit Palau on December 2 to 4 to advance our two countries’ strong and growing relationship, and our shared support for an open, resilient and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

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    International relations
  • Strengthening Australia’s sanctions regime

    Australia has a strong history of promoting and protecting human rights globally, supporting the international rules-based order, and acting in the interests of international peace and security.

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    International relations
  • National Foundation for Australia-China Relations Chief Executive Officer appointment

    Mr Peter Cai has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations.

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    People-to-people
  • Pause to further easing of border restrictions

    On the basis of medical advice provided by the Chief Medical Officer of Australia, Professor Paul Kelly, the National Security Committee has taken the necessary and temporary decision to pause the next step to safely reopen Australia to international skilled and student cohorts, as well as humanitarian, working holiday maker and provisional family visa holders from 1 December until 15 December.

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    Travel
  • Statement on climate MOU

    It is not correct to say that the Government is blocking or overriding a climate change MOU. The Foreign Relations Act 2020 automatically invalidates arrangements if states or territories do not correctly notify the Commonwealth of them. This is what happened in this instance. The states are welcome to reapply correctly, in line with the Act, as they do for many other arrangements.

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    International relations
  • Joint statement on Solomon Islands

    Australia and Papua New Guinea are concerned about the violent turn that protests have taken in Honiara and jointly emphasise the importance of resolving tensions peacefully.

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    International relations
  • Joint statement on increasing violence in Myanmar

    We reiterate our grave concern over reports of ongoing human rights violations and abuses by the Myanmar Security Forces across the country, including credible reports of sexual violence and torture, especially in Chin State, Sagaing Region and Magwe Region.

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    International relations
  • Promoting the rules-based trading system

    Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan will travel to Geneva, Switzerland to lead Australia’s delegation to the 12th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference (MC12).

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    Trade and investment
  • Solomon Islands

    We have been watching the ongoing protests in Honiara with concern. We continue to call for calm, for an end to any further violence and emphasise the importance of resolving tensions peacefully.

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    International relations
  • Australian exporters recognised

    Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan has praised all the businesses involved in the Australian Export Awards for their contribution to supporting jobs, the economy and local communities.

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    Trade and investment
  • Diversified exporters more resilient

    Australian exporters are looking to target new markets, including the US, the UK, India and Indonesia – where Australia already has, or is working towards, free trade agreements, according to Australia’s 2021 International Business Survey published today.

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    Trade and investment
  • Climate challenges are impacting small-scale farmers in the Mekong Delta, with flooding, saltwater intrusion and dry spells destroying vital crops in one of Asia’s largest food bowls.

    Photo of Ms. Cao Thi Ngoc My drying out soursop grains.
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    Development
  • Faizah lives in a remote community in Central Sulawesi. Faced with frequent flash floods and slow-onset droughts, farmers in her village are living on less than $20 AUD per week.

    Photo of Fazia sitting at a desk.
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    Development
  • Streamlining and Strengthening Pacific Labour for a New Era

    Minister Payne and Minister Seselja announces the next stage of reforms to the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme, providing a single, streamlined program that will benefit employers, workers, and our Pacific family.

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    International relations
  • The Australian Government is very concerned by incidents last week where China’s coast guard blocked and used water cannons against Philippine vessels seeking to resupply Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea.

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    Countries and regions
  • Further steps to reopen Australia and secure our economic recovery

    Australia continues to take further steps to safely reopen to the world, with additional changes to our international border arrangements coming into effect on 1 December.

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    International relations
  • Australia Condemns Sexual Violence as Weapon of War in Joint International Statement

    The Australian Government is proud to join the international United Kingdom-led statement condemning the use of sexual violence and rape as weapons of war.

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    International relations
  • Russian anti-satellite weapons testing

    On 15 November 2021 the Russian Defence Ministry conducted a destructive test of an anti-satellite weapon. This test created over 1500 pieces of long-lived debris in space that now threaten numerous satellites and the International Space Station.

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    International relations
  • Next Steps on U.S.-Australia Critical Minerals Collaboration

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Australia's Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment Dan Tehan met today in Singapore during the Bloomberg New Economy Forum. They discussed a range of topics, including promoting the green economy and next steps on building resilient supply chains in the Indo-Pacific.

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    Trade and investment
  • Joint Indo-Pacific Economic Meeting

    Meeting to discuss opportunities to expand economic cooperation among like-minded partners in the Indo- Pacific region in an open and inclusive manner, and the need to strengthen economic ties, improve connectivity, address climate change challenges, and support post-pandemic economic recovery.

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    Trade and investment
  • Promoting Australia’s trade interests

    Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan will travel to Singapore to strengthen Australia’s trading and tourism relationships and promote investment in Australia.

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    Trade and investment
  • Strengthening our technology partnership with India

    Australia is strengthening our technology partnership with India through the establishment of a new Consulate-General in Bengaluru and a Centre of Excellence for Critical and Emerging Technology Policy, also to be based in India.

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    International relations
  • Grants to further enhance Australia-Indonesia links

    As part of Australia’s ongoing commitment to build strong people-to-people and institutional links with Indonesia, Minister Payne is pleased to announce that 13 recipients will share in $460,000 through the 2021-22 Australia-Indonesia Institute grants program.

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    People-to-people
  • First workers arrive under Pacific Pathways Plan

    The first Pacific workers under the Government’s new Pacific Pathways Plan (PPP) have arrived in Australia to fill critical workforce gaps immediately without the need for quarantine.

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    International relations
  • Fiji's Blackrock Camp nearing completion

    Blackrock Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Camp redevelopment is nearing completion and will be operational in early 2022.

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    International relations
  • Australia welcomes positive outcomes at COP26

    Australia welcomes the finalisation of the Paris Rulebook at COP26 in Glasgow. 

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    International relations
  • Australia-Aotearoa New Zealand Foreign Minister Consultations

    Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Aotearoa New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Local Government and Associate Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, have today held the biannual Australia-New Zealand Foreign Minister Consultations.

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    International relations
  • Additional vaccines for Indonesia’s recovery

    Australia will share a further 7.5 million COVID-19 doses with our good friend and partner Indonesia as we deepen our cooperation on fostering a shared regional recovery from the pandemic.

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    Development
  • Celebrating Australian exporters

    Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan has congratulated the 89 businesses announced today as finalists in this year’s Australian Export Awards.

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    Trade and investment
  • Additional Australian vaccines for Vietnam

    Australia is increasing support to our partners Vietnam in their COVID-19 response by sharing an additional 2.7 million vaccine doses, continuing the Government’s investment in our regional health security.

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    International relations
  • 4th Australia-Malaysia Annual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

    Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women of Australia, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, the Hon. Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, co‑chaired the 4th Malaysia-Australia Annual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

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    International relations
  • Climate Action - mobilising private finance for sustainable land-use across Southeast Asia

    Australia is working with our Indo-Pacific partners to deliver on our joint commitment to scale up mitigation and ensure adaptation support in response to the shared challenge of climate change.

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    International relations
  • We support the stability, unity and territorial integrity of Ethiopia. We look forward to working with the African Union’s High Representative for the Horn of Africa and with the United Nations in efforts to cease hostilities, end impunity and support a lasting solution to issues of peace and security.

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    International relations
  • Professor Hilary Charlesworth AM elected to the International Court of Justice

    The Australian Government congratulates Professor Hilary Charlesworth AM FASSA on her election to the International Court of Justice.

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    International relations
  • 32nd Special Session on the situation of human rights in the Sudan

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    International relations
  • Visit to Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia

    Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs will visit Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia over the next week to advance our relationships with key partners, including to strengthen our shared work to promote the region’s economic and health recovery from COVID-19.

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    International relations
  • Australia to become an original party to world’s largest free trade agreement

    Australia has ratified the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), ensuring that our farmers and businesses are able to access the benefits of what will be the world’s the largest free trade agreement.

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    Trade and investment
  • Increasing support for region’s climate action and economic growth

    Australia is further increasing its international climate finance commitment to $2 billion over the next five years to support developing countries in our region as they tackle the impacts of climate change.

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    International relations
  • Singapore – Australia’s next steps to reopening to the world

    Australia will welcome back fully vaccinated Singaporean travellers in November as part of our step by step and safe reopening to the world.

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    Travel
  • Quarantine-free travel from all of New Zealand to Australia

    Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia will resume from tomorrow.

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    Travel
  • New National Indigenous Tourism Mentoring Program

    The Government has opened the competitive tender process to facilitate the design and delivery of a $10 million National Indigenous Tourism Mentoring Program, as COVID-19 restrictions affecting the industry begin to lift.

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    Trade and investment
  • Strong potential for future Australia-Germany hydrogen exports

    The Morrison Government is continuing to work with international partners to establish Australia as a hydrogen export powerhouse.

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    News, speeches and media
  • Links between Malaysia’s engineering and infrastructure progress, and his own career aspirations in smart city development made it the ideal destination for 2020 NCP Scholar Connor Boughton.

    Photo of Connor Boughton standing with computer software.
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    People-to-people
  • Further steps to support Australians to travel abroad

    Australians can now prepare for safe overseas travel when borders progressively re-open from 1 November, with the Australian Government reinstating country-specific travel advice levels for 177 destinations.

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    International relations
  • Australia's humanitarian and COVID assistance

    Australia is supporting people affected by some of the most severe humanitarian crises across the world, including those related to, and exacerbated by, the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    International relations
  • COVID-19 partnership with Papua New Guinea strengthened

    Australia has deployed an additional Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) and a further 14 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel to partner with Papua New Guinea in its response to COVID-19.

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    International relations
  • WTO panel established in wine dispute

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) has established a dispute settlement panel in the next phase of the dispute settlement process over anti-dumping duties imposed by China on Australian wine.

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    Trade and investment
  • 30th Anniversary of Cambodia’s Peace Agreements

    Thirty years ago, Australia was one of 19 co-signatories to a peace settlement with Cambodia that led to the end of decades of civil war.

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    International relations
  • Strengthening trade in the Indo-Pacific

    Australian farmers and businesses stand to benefit from better export opportunities with the Australian Government today securing passage of implementing legislation for RCEP.

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    Trade and investment
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