AUSFTA Joint Committee Meeting – Call for Submissions

11 March 2016


Australia and the United States celebrated the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) in 2015. This agreement is one of Australia’s longest-running Free Trade Agreements, and it underpins the trade and investment relationship between Australia and the United States.

AUSFTA contains provisions for Joint Committee Meetings (JCMs) to be held involving the Australian and United States governments. DFAT invites submissions from interested and relevant stakeholders for the upcoming JCM.

For more information on AUSFTA and Australia-United States economic co-operation, see DFAT’s United States Country Brief and DFAT’s AUSFTA page.

What is the role of a JCM?

JCMs allow the Australian and United States governments to jointly review the operation of the Agreement and identify opportunities to further strengthen our trade relationship. While these meetings generally do not review the text of the FTA, they allow both countries to conduct a ‘health check’ of the FTA.

Opening markets for Australian businesses and consumers is a critical objective for the Australian Government. The Government wishes to ensure Australian interests are advanced under AUSFTA and that Australian industry and business are kept up to date on the opportunities the Agreement provides. Reviewing the Agreement’s operation will help ensure it continues to provide the best opportunities for our industry and stakeholders in a changing trade and economic landscape.


DFAT invites submissions as part of our preparations for the upcoming JCM on 4 May. We seek your feedback on specific AUSFTA issues and/or the general functioning of the Agreement. Responses can be emailed to by Thursday 7 April 2016. Submissions will be made available on the DFAT website unless you advise this is not your wish.

Last Updated: 11 March 2016