Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement: Fact sheets

Overview

This Agreement, which entered into force on 1 January 2005, represents a landmark in improving Australia's trade and investment relationship with the world's largest and richest economy, and most significant merchandise and services exporter and importer.

This Agreement significantly improves Australia's attractiveness as a destination for US investment, important for our efforts to maintain Australia at the leading edge of growth and competitiveness.

For our export industries, the Agreement provides some important advances in liberalising access to a key market — in many cases the increased export opportunities will help to underpin the prosperity of our export sectors

At the same time, we have secured important Australian interests in areas such as health, in particular the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, foreign investment screening, the audio-visual sector and our quarantine and food safety regimes.

For our manufacturers …

For our farmers and our food processors …

For our service providers …

For our miners and metal producers …

For our creative industries …

And for all our exporters …