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Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement

Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement

The Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (A-UKFTA) is a gold standard trade agreement that represents a once in a generation deal for Australia and an historic moment in our relationship with the UK

A-UKFTA contains commercially significant commitments that will strengthen diversification and COVID-19 recovery for both countries. A-UKFTA is about creating new export opportunities and jobs for business. Once the agreement enters into force (see 4 May 2023 joint media release from Prime Minister Albanese and Trade and Tourism Minister Farrell) it will eliminate tariffs on over 99 per cent of Australian goods exports to the UK.

Australia’s services companies and professionals will benefit from new commitments that make it easier to operate in the UK market, supporting the mutual recognition of professional qualifications and greater certainty for skilled professionals entering the UK labour market. Reflecting our deep people-to-people links, both countries will offer enhanced opportunities to live and work temporarily in each other’s country.

During his visit to the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced 31 May as the date of entry into force of the Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (A-UKFTA), following the expected completion of UK domestic processes.

Further information

Refer to the A-UKFTA outcomes documents.

What happens next? Refer to the A-UKFTA next steps following signature.

Australia-UK FTA official text and side letters.

For A-UKFTA tariff outcomes, refer to the FTA Portal.

Innovation and Early Careers Skills Exchange Pilot (IECSEP): Building on the strong cultural ties between Australia and the UK, the IECSEP provides a new opportunity for UK citizens who are early in their career, or who have made contributions to innovation, to live and work in Australia.

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