General review of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA

The ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA (AANZFTA) has been delivering tangible benefits to Australian businesses since entering into force in 2010.

In order to ensure AANZFTA remains up-to-date and relevant for business, the agreement contains a provision for the member countries to review the agreement. At a meeting of the AANZFTA Economic Ministers in August 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR, the 12 AANZFTA countries endorsed the Terms of Reference for Conducting the General Review of AANZFTA [PDF 115 KB], and agreed to begin the review in 2017.

At their meeting in September 2017 in Manila, Philippines, Ministers welcomed the AANZFTA General Review Stage One Report, assessing implementation of the Agreement to date, and tasked officials to release a public version (link below). For Stage Two of the Review, officials will provide recommendations to Ministers in August/September 2018 on how to upgrade and improve AANZFTA.

AANZFTA General Review – Stage One Report (public version – October 2017) [PDF 1.8 MB]

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade attaches importance to the views of the public on the General Review of AANZFTA, and welcomes submissions from all interested stakeholders.

The Review is an opportunity to develop recommendations for AANZFTA to continue to meet the needs of Australian business and provide a relevant platform for Australia's regional engagement with ASEAN and New Zealand. We are interested in receiving stakeholder views on:

  • ways in which AANZFTA has benefitted your business/organisation
  • improvements that could be made in areas of commitment already included in AANZFTA
  • new areas that could be included in AANZFTA to enhance the quality of the agreement
  • how AANZFTA could enhance closer economic integration among ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand
  • the role and delivery of economic cooperation activities under AANZFTA

Following is an indicative checklist of issues to assist the preparation of submissions:

  • difficulties in utilising AANZFTA
  • problems exporting goods to all, some, or specific AANZFTA countries including: continuance of high tariffs for particular products; import licensing or other requirements; customs-related problems; Standards, Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment Procedures-related issues; issues relating to Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures; and any other non-tariff measures affecting trade in goods
  • problems in supplying services to all, some or specific AANZFTA countries, including: discriminatory treatment and/or market access restrictions which affect your ability to service customers; professional qualifications of your staff/workers not being recognised by local authorities
  • any difficulties or regulatory restrictions when delivering an e-service/product in AANZFTA countries
  • problems with investing in all, some or any specific AANZFTA countries, including restrictions affecting your ability to invest
  • any issues relating to the protection or enforcement of intellectual property rights in AANZFTA countries
  • issues relating to anti-competitive practices in AANZFTA markets

Please send submissions to

All submissions will be made publicly available on the DFAT website (see below) unless the author specifies otherwise.


Last Updated: 1 June 2018