Homepage feature stories from October 2013

Cover image of Annual Report.

DFAT Annual Report 2012-13

31 October 2013

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Annual Report for 2012-13 was tabled in Parliament. The Annual Report serves to inform Parliament, other stakeholders, educational institutions, the media and general public about the performance of the department across the range of its responsibilities over the last year.

DFAT Annual Report 2012-13

Team photo of Provincial Reconstruction Team in Uruzgan

Conclusion of Uruzgan Provincial Reconstruction Team mission

30 October 2013

The DFAT-led Provincial Reconstruction Team successfully concludes its mission in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, on 31 October. Australia’s work has led to demonstrable improvements in security, development and governance capacity in Uruzgan.

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb meets United States Trade Representative Michael Froman in Washington D.C on 29 October 2013.

Trade & Investment Minister visits the US

29 October 2013

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb is visiting the United States. While in Washington, Mr Robb will participate in the Global Services Summit and meet senior US Administration and Congressional figures to discuss the progress being made in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Trade in Services Agreement and the World Trade Organization.

Media release: Services key focus of Trade and Investment Minister Robb's US visit

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter shake hands.

Australia and Switzerland strengthen ties

28 October 2013

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter have announced the establishment of a Strategic Dialogue between the two countries. The new partnership will involve regular meetings at both the ministerial and senior official level to strengthen cooperation on global security and economic issues, foster two-way trade and investment, and increase people-to-people links.

Media release: Australia and Switzerland strengthen ties

Smartraveller launches Schoolies/Leavers page

22 October 2013

Schoolies and Leavers planning to travel overseas are urged to consult the Smartraveller website for the right advice on staying safe during this year's celebrations. Information is available on the 'Young Travellers' page.

Secretary Peter Varghese shaking hands with Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, John Simons
DFAT Secretary Mr Peter Varghese with the Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, John Simons at the event. Credit: Iain Brew

Bruce Allen Memorial Lecture - Building Australia's Soft Power

17 October 2013

’Today I'd like to talk about a crucial element of Australian diplomacy: so-called public diplomacy which rests on notions of persuasion, attractiveness, and credibility: the key ingredients of soft power.“

Speech: Bruce Allen Memorial Lecture - Building Australia's Soft Power

Video: Secretary Varghese's speech

Julie Bishop with Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida at a joint media conference in Tokyo.
Julie Bishop with Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida at a joint media conference in Tokyo, 15 October 2013.

New Colombo Plan

17 October 2013

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Asia Pacific in Australia and strengthen our people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and internships undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region. An internship component is a hallmark of the New Colombo Plan.

The New Colombo Plan

Julie Bishop meeting at the Ambassador to Japan's residence to discuss the New Colombo Plan with Presidents and Vice-Presidents of Japanese Universities.

Visit to Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong

15 October 2013

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will explore new areas for strategic and economic cooperation and promote the timely conclusion of two vital Free Trade Agreements during a visit to Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong from 14 to 20 October.

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb at the Tanjung Unggul Mandiri Feedlot on Jakarta's outskirts

Trade and Investment Minister visits Indonesia

2 October 2013

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb is visiting Indonesia on his first overseas visit in his new role. As he commenced his visit, Mr Robb said he would focus on enhancing bilateral trade, building stronger business and investment links with Indonesia and deepening regional economic integration.