Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement

MAFTA Factsheet: Services

15 January 2013

The Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) provides a strong basis for increased bilateral trade and investment with Malaysia, an important regional trading partner and neighbour. It builds on the commitments Australia and Malaysia have already made in the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA (AANZFTA) to liberalise and expand the bilateral trade relationship. It provides significant market access gains for Australian goods exporters and services suppliers. It also provides for greater ease of doing business in Malaysia, making it both easier to enter and operate in the Malaysian market. Some of the most significant services improvements are detailed below.

Market Access Key Gains

Education Services

Financial Services

Professional Services


Other Services

Sector Specific Regulatory Measures

Financial Services


Improvements to Doing Business in Malaysia

MAFTA contains broad-based bilateral commitments that are aimed at promoting a more business friendly environment.

Key general improvementsto doing business in Malaysia include