Strategic Dialogue with Business on Foreign Policy and Security Issues

24 May 2019

Our world is interconnected and interdependent, and Australia must navigate changes in geopolitics, the global security environment and shifts in strategic power.

Photo of DFAT's Secretary Frances Adamson
DFAT's Secretary Frances Adamson. Credit: Wren Photo.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is committed to advancing opportunities for business, and to helping business respond to a contested and complex world.

Through the Strategic Dialogue with business on foreign affairs and security issues, the Department seeks to engage businesses on their experience in navigating geo‑political trends, shifts in foreign policy and the global security environment.

The Strategic Dialogue provides an opportunity for leaders in business to engage in a frank exchange of views with the Secretary, and will help the Government’s understanding of how Australian business must respond to foreign and security policy developments.

We welcome businesses sharing ideas and views on a range of issues, such as trade and investment, new and emerging technology, and threats to business, all of which affect strategic, commercial decision making.

The Secretary hosted a Strategic Dialogue with Canberra-based business and education representatives at DFAT in Canberra on 6 December 2018, and with Melbourne-based business and education representatives on 25 March 2019 in Melbourne.

A series of similar events, around Australia, will be hosted by the Secretary throughout the year. For further information please email

Last Updated: 14 May 2019