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Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA)

The Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) became operational following an exchange of third person notes in Singapore on 28 July 2003.

The agreement further strengthens trade and investment links between Australia and Singapore. In addition to tariff elimination, the agreement improves increased market access for Australian exporters of services, particularly education, environmental, telecommunications, and professional services. It also provides a more open and predictable business environment across a range of areas, including competition policy, government procurement, intellectual property, e-commerce, customs procedures and business travel.

History of the Agreement

SAFTA negotiations were launched following an announcement by both countries at the APEC Leaders' Meeting in November 2000. Ten full rounds of negotiations were held between April 2001 and October 2002.

On 17 February 2003, the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) was signed. The final agreement was subject to parliamentary consultation processes, and entered into force on 28 July 2003 following an exchange of diplomatic notes.

SAFTA contains specific review provisions. The first ministerial review of SAFTA was held in Sydney on 14 July 2004.

The second ministerial review of SAFTA was concluded on 27 July 2009 in Singapore. Amendments arising from the review are expected to come into effect in 2011.

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