Guidance on preparing submissions for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA)

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade welcomes public submissions and comment on a possible Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). Submissions do not have to be in any particular format and need not be lengthy. Submissions may build on or refer to submissions made previously. Submissions could be a short email through to a more comprehensive analytical paper.

Submissions will be made publicly available on the DFAT website unless the author specifies otherwise. Please indicate in your submission if you wish for part or all of the submission to be treated in-confidence. Ownership and copyright of the submission will remain the property of the author(s).

In your submission, you may wish to focus on specific market access challenges and other issues of importance in the Indonesian commercial operating environment, particularly with respect to trade in goods and services, and investment. We would also welcome broader comment on the commercial, economic, regional and other impacts that could be expected to arise from Australia's agreement to an IA-CEPA.

In terms of goods (merchandise) trade, we are interested in gauging stakeholder views concerning issues associated with market access including, but not limited to, tariffs, import licensing, technical barriers to trade and rules of origin issues. Experiences in using AANZFTA and how this could be improved are also relevant. Where possible, please be specific and include HS codes, volumes of trade and market conditions (please note where you do not want information made public and we will treat this in-confidence).

In the case of services, stakeholder views might include comment on issues such as foreign equity limitations and other conditions, qualifications recognition, limitations on branch offices, licensing, and visa and residency issues. In the area of investment, we would welcome stakeholder views on issues including, but not limited to, conditions and restrictions on foreign investment (including in particular sectors), transfers of capital and profit repatriation, joint venture regulations and license requirements.

In making your submission, please indicate whether you or your organisation agree to your submission being made publicly available — unless notified otherwise, we intend to place submissions on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

We also welcome your views on any cross-sectoral problems that you anticipate, or have encountered, in doing business with Indonesia that could be addressed through the CEPA. These concerns may include intellectual property rights, transparency of government regulations, tendering processes, government procurement or competition-related issues. Observations based on past experience in Indonesia or in other markets that may have some bearing upon the proposed CEPA negotiations would be received with interest.

Interested parties are encouraged to lodge their submissions as soon as possible. Submissions will continue to be accepted up until such time as CEPA is concluded. Submissions may be provided by email or post, see details below.

  • Email:
  • Mail:
    Free Trade Agreement Division
    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    RG Casey Building
    John McEwen Crescent
    Barton ACT 0221
Last Updated: 28 April 2016