I am pleased to present the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Corporate Plan for 2016–17 to 2019–20.
This corporate plan sets out what we do, how we do it and how we will measure the department’s performance in supporting Ministers to deliver Australia’s foreign, trade and investment, and development policy priorities.
Australia has global interests, with a strong focus on the Indo-Pacific region. Global uncertainty — driven by weak global demand and shifting strategic currents — requires the active pursuit of a multifaceted agenda to advance our interests. As the Indo-Pacific’s economic and strategic weight increases, regional cooperation and a commitment to open economies will be crucial to expanding prosperity and narrowing strategic risk.
The department is committed to using its core assets – its staff and its overseas network of posts – to advance Australia’s interests overseas. More than ever, Australia’s economic prosperity is influenced by regional and international conditions and developments, and by our ability to shape and respond to them. This also demands close engagement in domestic economic policy development particularly on issues relevant to Australia’s trade performance and international competitiveness.
This corporate plan, prepared for the 2016–17 reporting period, outlines how the department will perform its functions for the period 2016–17 to 2019–20, as required under paragraph 35(1)(b) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
DFAT has an ambitious agenda to deliver and I look forward to a challenging and exciting year ahead.