About the KAFTA negotiations

For information about the domestic consultations carried out and submissions received during the KAFTA negotiations, refer to: KAFTA consultations and submissions page.

Five KAFTA negotiating rounds took place between May 2009 and May 2010.

The end of negotiations

On 5 December 2013 then Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that the KAFTA negotiations had successfully concluded. In his media release, he said the FTA would mean higher economic growth and more jobs for Australians.

The Prime Minister outlined that the benefits for Australia would include:

  • tariffs of up to 300 per cent eliminated on many Australian agricultural exports such as beef, wheat, sugar, dairy, wine, horticulture and seafood
  • tariffs eliminated on resources, energy and manufactured goods
  • new opportunities for Australian services in education, telecommunications, and a range of professional services, including financial, accounting and legal services.

Public release of KAFTA text

Australian and Korean Chief Negotiators met in Canberra on 10 February 2014 to initial the final text of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA), following the conclusion of negotiations in December 2013.

Read the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement Joint Statement

The text of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) was released by the Trade and Investment Minister on 17 February 2014.

Media release: Public release of Korea-Australia FTA text, 17 February 2014

Last Updated: 8 January 2018

Contacts

DFAT welcomes your input on the operation of KAFTA. Written submissions are particularly welcome ahead of Joint Committee meetings. These should be forwarded, preferably by email, to:

Email: KoreaFTA@dfat.gov.au

Mail:

Korea FTA Coordinator
Free Trade Agreement Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221

Submissions will be made publicly available on the DFAT website unless the author specifies otherwise.