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Public submissions on the future of digital trade rules

The Australian Government is taking a leadership role on digital trade rules through negotiating ambitious rules in our free trade agreements (FTAs), such as those in CPTPP, and driving the new e-commerce initiative in the World Trade Organization (WTO). To ensure our engagement continues to support Australian businesses, including MSMEs, and consumers to take advantage of the opportunities presented by digital trade, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade wants to hear from you — business, NGOs, civil society, academia and individuals — on your experience of the digital economy. This will help us assess current digital trade rules and possible future enhancements.

For further information on what the Government is doing in the WTO and our FTAs on e-commerce and particular questions we would welcome your input on please refer to the future of digital trade rules discussion paper.

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Digital Trade Enquiries

Regional Trade Agreement Division

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

R.G. Casey Building

John McEwen Crescent

Barton ACT 0221

For media enquiries, please contact DFAT's media team: (02) 6261 1555.

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All submissions will be treated as public and may be published on this website, unless the author specifically requests that the submission, or part thereof, be handled in confidence. Unless otherwise requested, DFAT will publish the submission and the name of the submitting organisation or individual on its website. DFAT will not edit submissions prior to publishing. All details that have been included in a submission, including contact information, will be available on the DFAT website.

Submitters may request that all, or part, of a submission be treated as in-confidence. Material supplied in‑confidence should be clearly marked 'IN CONFIDENCE' and be provided in a separate attachment to non‑confidential material.

By making a submission, the author(s) agree to their submission, or part thereof, being used by the Commonwealth of Australia for Commonwealth purposes.

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The views expressed in these submissions are the views of the author(s) and should not be understood as reflecting the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, or those of the Australian Government.

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