Private sector partnerships

This is the Government's invitation to the private sector to work with us on social and economic development challenges in our region. By bringing the private sector in as a core partner in delivering support to our partner countries, we are opening up a world of new possibilities across our priority investment areas:


Operational Framework for Private Sector Engagement

On 28 March 2019 the Operational Framework for Private Sector Engagement in Australia's Aid Program was released. The Operational Framework is an action plan to strengthen the Department's culture, capability and systems to engage with the private sector and improve the ease of business engagement with the Department.

Read the Operational Framework for Private Sector Engagement

More information

For further information, contact our Private Sector Development Section at

Ministerial statement

Private sector engagement was launched as a development priority of the Department by the former Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon Julie Bishop MP. Ms Bishop launched the Ministerial statement on Engaging the Private Sector in Aid and Development on 31 August 2015.

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Creating shared value through partnership: Ministerial statement on engaging the private sector in aid and development

"We congratulate the Australian Government on adopting a shared value strategy to engage private corporations in global development."

"Partnering with business… will enable the Australian Government to multiply the impact of its resources and places Australian aid at the forefront of global innovation."

Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer, creators of Shared Value concept

Why work with us?

We aim to work together to leverage each other's assets, connections, creativity and expertise to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. We will achieve this by being a credible, capable partner to the private sector and by engaging with the private sector as one of our mainstream partners.

Want to work with us?

First review where we give aid and our development priorities to see what opportunities are available in your area of interest. If our interests align, the next step is to contact the relevant Embassy or High Commission if you are outside of Australia, or DFAT's state and territory offices within Australia.

Our portfolio partners

The aid program is managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with growing links to other parts of the portfolio including Austrade, EFIC and ACIAR.

Business resources

Some of our partners

The Global Compact  
Carnival logo 
Westpac logo 
ANZ logo 
The Fabric Social logo 
Cotton Australia logo 
WWF logo 
VBSP logo 
MasterCard logo 
Base Titanium logo 
Business for Development logo 
Digicel logo 
Marie Stopes International logo 
Pou Chen Group logo 
Philanthropy Australia logo 
AVI logo - inviting change 
The Asia Foundation logo 
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition logo 
ActionAid logo 
Better Cotton Initiative logo ( 
Intrepid logo 
Shared Value Project logo 
Cotton On Group logo 
Dialog logo 
EY logo 
Palladium make it possible logo 
Elevate logo 
Krissy logo 
Village Infrastructure logo 
Engro logo 
East West Seed logo 
Essilor logo 
BSCL Bangladesh SME Corporation Limited logo 
MEDA logo 
Mart Business Mind Social Heart logo 
Fairtrade Australia New Zealand logo 
krawma logo 
Oxfam logo 
University of Sydney logo 
4 Season Premium Animal Nutrition logo 
Last Updated: 23 July 2018
Business Partnerships Platform: Better Together

The Business Partnerships Platform enables businesses to partner with DFAT on investments that deliver a combined social and financial return on investment.

Partnership snapshots: Australia’s investment priorities

See what we are doing in our investment priorities.

Agriculture, fisheries, water

Building resilience: humanitarian assistance, disaster risk reduction and social protection

Education and health

Effective governance: poicies, institution and functioning economies

Gender equality and empowering women and girls

Infrastructure, trade and international competitiveness

Private sector development

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has approved the Strategy for Australia’s Aid Investments in Private Sector Development. The Strategy reflects the Government’s priority of growing the size and inclusiveness of the private sector in our partner countries in order to drive economic growth and reduce poverty. The Strategy should be read in conjunction with the Ministerial Statement on Engaging the Private Sector in Aid and Development, which documents how Australia will work with the private sector to achieve our private sector development objectives.

Strategy for Australia’s Aid Investments in Private Sector Development

Where we give aid

Where we give aid