The Secretary and four deputy secretaries (the executive) are supported by the senior executive service to manage the department and provide leadership on foreign and trade policy, consular and corporate issues. The executive shapes the values and culture of the department, promotes the highest professional standards of service to the government and to Australia, and provides a fair and professionally rewarding working environment for staff.
The department's organisational structure is outlined in Figure 1. Additionally, the department manages an overseas network of 95 embassies, high commissions, consulates-general and multilateral missions (see Appendix 12). Each overseas post is attached to a parent division in Canberra. The department maintains offices in all Australian state and territory capital cities. These offices provide consular and passport services to the Australian community and liaison services to state and territory governments and Australian business. We also maintain a Passport Office in Newcastle and a Liaison Office on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Details of our offices in Australia are provided inside the back cover of this report.
The department also engages people overseas to act as honorary consuls. Honorary consuls provide consular assistance on behalf of the department to Australian travellers in locations where the Australian Government does not maintain other representation (see Appendix 12).
The foreign affairs and trade portfolio supports the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, the Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and the Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs in the conduct of Australia's foreign and trade policy.
Six agencies make up the portfolio:
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development)
- Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)
- Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS)
- Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
- Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC)
NB: EFIC is not included for outcome reporting purposes in Figure 3 because it is covered by the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (CAC Act).