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ChAFTA Post-Implementation Review: Call for submissions

The ChAFTA Post-Implementation Review has concluded. DFAT is no longer accepting submissions for this Review.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) welcomes written submissions from businesses and other interested stakeholders as part of a five year Post-Implementation Review (PIR) of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)

The PIR is being conducted within five years of ChAFTA’s entry into force on 20 December 2015 in accordance with the Office of Best Practice Regulation’s PIR Guidance Note, which explains the purpose, process and content requirements for a PIR.

The PIR will consider a number of matters, including:

  • the impacts of ChAFTA on businesses or other groups in the community; and
  • whether ChAFTA has delivered a net benefit to the Australian community.


While we are happy to receive submissions on any issue of relevance, we are particularly interested in submissions that consider:

  • how opportunities for Australian businesses may have changed under ChAFTA, such as the competitiveness of Australia's goods and services exports;
  • whether the outcomes of ChAFTA have met business and other stakeholder expectations;
  • whether there have been any unintended impacts of ChAFTA;
  • the effect of ChAFTA on any administrative or regulatory costs on business, including
    • those around compliance processes associated with certificates of origin for goods trade;
    • the extent to which any administrative or regulatory costs are considered reasonable, relative to benefits which they may accrue; and
    • whether administrative or regulatory costs have met business and other stakeholder expectations.

Scope and size of submissions

We appreciate the resources involved in putting together a submission. Submissions need not be detailed - concise submissions outlining key points are ideal.

Closing date for submissions

Submissions are requested by 31 July 2020.

Extended to 30 August 2020

Other information

Submissions and confidentiality

Respondents should note submissions received may be published, in full or part, on DFAT or other websites. Respondents requiring any part of their submission to be treated as confidential and not published should clearly mark such material ‘IN CONFIDENCE’.
By making a submission, the author(s) agree to their submission, or part thereof, being used by the Commonwealth of Australia for Commonwealth purposes.

Lodging submissions

Submissions may be lodged to:



China FTA Coordinator
Regional Trade Agreements Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221

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