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The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs shaking hands with HE Mr Fumio Kishida, Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs

NPDI Meeting in Hiroshima

13 April 2014

"As a co-founder of the NPDI, Australia is committed to this initiative to bring about the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons. As a nation we were instrumental in pursuing a comprehensive ban on nuclear tests. We have campaigned to bring that treaty into effect and we are now focussed on efforts to cap the production of fissile material used to make nuclear weapons."

Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement signed

8 April 2014

Today, Minister for Trade and Investment Mr Robb and his South Korean counterpart, the Minister for Trade, Industry and Energy Mr Yoon Sang-jick, signed the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) in Seoul.

Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement

Historic Free Trade Agreement concluded with Japan

7 April 2014

Australia has concluded negotiations on an historic Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan, our second biggest trading partner. This historic agreement is good for the Australian economy, good for jobs, good for farmers and good for consumers.

Prime Minister Abbott with New Colombo Plan Tranche 1 students in Japan

PM launches NCP Pilot Phase in Japan

7 April 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched the New Colombo Plan in Japan today. Australian university students will undertake a variety of study programs across Japan and are among the very first New Colombo Plan students headed to the region. "This important policy will foster closer ties between Australia and the region and develop stronger people-to-people and institutional links," said Prime Minister Abbott.

Secondary school children from Minami-Sanriku

Australia-Japan Foundation farewells children from Minami-Sanriku

1 April 2014

Funded by the AJF, 20 secondary school children from Minami Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture were able to experience life in Australia. They took part in classes at the Cleveland District High School and sampled cultural, educational and recreational activities in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Hon Julie Bishop and Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa at the Nuclear Security Summit

Nuclear Security Summit

24 March 2014

Australian Foreign Minister the Hon Julie Bishop and Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa meet during the Nuclear Security Summit 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands.

Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb and Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Yoshimasa Hayashi

Trade and Investment Minister visits Japan and Hong Kong

25 March 2014

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will visit Japan and Hong Kong between 25-31 March to strengthen economic ties with key Asian trading partners and highlight the attractiveness of Australia to international investors.

Trade and Investment Minister to visit Japan and Hong Kong

Minister Bishop is welcomed at the Nuclear Security Summit by Mr Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands

Nuclear Security Summit

24 March 2014

The danger of terrorists acquiring nuclear material or sabotaging nuclear facilities will be the focus of the third global Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.

Woman carrying large buckets of water through a village

World Water Day

22 March 2014

World Water Day is a chance to highlight the work Australia is doing to help our neighbours better manage their water resources, meet their energy needs and boost sustainable economic growth.

China-Australia business week

China-Australia Business Week

8-11 April

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb invites Australian businesses to support one of Australia's biggest ever trade missions to China in April.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with ANU students and representatives.

Foreign Minister farewells ANU students under New Colombo Plan

17 March 2014

On Monday 17 March Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with two Australian students who will soon depart for Japan to study under the New Colombo Plan.

Parliamentary Secretary Brett Mason with AVID volunteers.

Parliamentary Secretary farewells volunteers

13 March 2014

Senator the Hon Brett Mason farewelled 116 volunteers soon to depart to developing countries, during a reception at Old Parliament House this week. The group was in Canberra to undergo training and make final preparations for their volunteering assignments.

More: Parliamentary Secretary farewells Australian Volunteers for International Development

Pixel Mountain, Aerial dance in Seoul, Stalker Theatre Inc

AKF Grants and Scholarships Open

11 March 2014

The Australia-Korea Foundation invites Australians wishing to further their engagement with Korea in 2014-15 to apply for a grant or scholarship.

2014-15 priority areas are Korean language and literacy, Science and Innovation and Sports Diplomacy. Applications are completed online and close at 5pm AEST, 11 April 2014.

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Trade in services 2012-13

Trade in services Australia, 2012-13

4 March 2014

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade report Trade in Services, Australia 2012-13 released today the shows Australia's total trade in services increased 4.2 per cent year-on-year to $116.4 billion in 2012-13. Services exports rose 3.7 per cent to $52.4 billion, while imports of services rose 4.5 per cent to $64.0 billion.

Media release: Trade in services increase in 2012-13

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Bro. Armin Luistro FSC, Education Secretary, signing the Memorandum of Subsidiary Arrangement for the Basic Education Sector Transformation (BEST) Program

Education program in the Philippines

21 February 2014

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced Australia would continue its education partnership with the Philippines by contributing $150 million over six years to the Basic Education Sector Transformation (BEST) Program.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at a bilateral meeting in Hanoi on 18 February 2014

Visit to Vietnam

18 February 2014

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop travelled to Vietnam on 18 and 19 February and announced Australian support for the empowerment of women and for Vietnam's economic reforms.

Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement

17 February 2014

The full text of Australia's free trade agreement with Korea (KAFTA), our third-largest export market and fourth-largest trading partner, is today being publicly released, the Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb announced.

Julie Bishop and Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, Fiji Minister of Foreign Affairs

Visit to Fiji

14-15 February 2014

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop travelled to Fiji on 14-15 February as a member of the Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Contact Group to observe Fiji's progress towards democracy.

State and Territory statistical publication, 2012-13

11 February 2014

Northern Territory's trade volumes surged in 2012-13, according to Australia's trade by State and Territory 2012-13 released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Photo gallery: Julie Bishop greets vendors and customers at Lae Market, Papua New Guinea, during a walking tour with officers from the Australian Federal Police and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

Strengthening ties with PNG

6 February 2014

PNG's important role in the region in combatting people smuggling, its leadership in supporting Fiji's elections and its commitment to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in 2018 were on the agenda when Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visited Port Moresby and Lae.

Asian lanterns, by Toa55, courtesy of

New Strategic Directions for the Australia-China Council

5 February 2014

The Australia-China Council released its new four-year Strategic Plan 2014-2018. It responds to the rapidly-growing bilateral relationship agenda and supports the Government's focus on academic and professional mobility and economic diplomacy. The New Strategic Plan was endorsed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP.

Australia-China Council Strategic Plan 2014–2018

Woman in airport

Consular Strategy 2014–16

Submissions close 31 January 2014.

More Australians are going abroad each year. Most have enjoyable and trouble-free experiences, but some encounter difficulties and seek consular assistance.

DFAT is inviting public submissions into the development of a Consular Strategy for 2014–16.

Contribute: Consular Strategy 2014-16

Collage of photos from AJF grants programs

Australia-Japan Foundation grants

30 January 2014

The Australia-Japan Foundation's Grant Program for 2014-15 is now open for applications.

Australia-Japan Foundation grants provide seed funding for innovative proposals relevant to the objectives and key themes of the AJF.

More: Australia-Japan Foundation Grant Program for 2014-15

Julie Bishop with Joe Biden

Foreign Minister visit to USA

24 January 2014

Strengthening the Australia-United States alliance to improve trade and investment opportunities and enhance peace and security in emerging Asia will be the core priority of a visit to the United States this week.

Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb MP with the B20 Chair, Richard Goyder and B20 Sherpa, Robert Milliner. Davos, Switzerland

Trade Minister at World Economic Forum

24 January 2014

Mr Robb said he would use his participation at the WEF to promote Australia's G20 trade and investment agenda at every opportunity with counterparts and business leaders.

Globalisation and Trade; Markets and Shops; Microfinance; People; Vietnam; Women

Five billion dollar aid budget to focus on the region

18 January 2014

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed today that the Australian Government's annual aid budget for 2013/14 will be $5.042 billion, refocused on reducing poverty in the Indo-Pacific region and tied to rigorous benchmarks.

Media release: Five billion dollar aid budget to focus on the region

An aerial image of the damage on Lifuka Island, Ha'apai. Photo: Royal New Zealand Air Force

Australia responds to Cyclone Ian in Tonga

14 January 2014

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced Australia will provide an initial $50,000 in emergency supplies to assist the Government of Tonga to respond to the needs of people affected by Cyclone Ian.

More: Australia provides emergency supplies to Tonga following Cyclone Ian

Julie Bishop with ASEAN Ambassadors

40th anniversary of ASEAN-Australia relations

2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Australia's dialogue partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Today Australia has a deep relationship with ASEAN covering cooperation and engagement in a range of areas including security, culture, trade, education and development.

More about Australia's relationship with ASEAN

Circa Contemporary Circus workshop in Vietnam

Australia International Cultural Council Grants Program

13 January 2013

The AICC Grants Program is now inviting expressions of interest for international arts and cultural projects. The program funds Australian projects that support foreign and trade policy priorities and enhance understanding of Australia overseas.

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