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AUSFTA Joint Committee Meeting – Call for Submissions

Overview

The Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) is one of Australia's longest-running and most comprehensive Free Trade Agreements. It underpins the trade and investment relationship between Australia and the United States, which is by far the largest investor in Australia and one of Australia's largest bilateral trading partners.

AUSFTA contains provisions for a Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) to be held between the Australian and United States governments. At the last JCM in December 2017, both Australia and the United States reaffirmed the importance of AUSFTA as a key pillar of the strong and multifaceted partnership between Australia and the United States. 

DFAT invites submissions from stakeholders for a JCM to be held between Australian and US Government officials in February 2019.

For more information on AUSFTA and Australia-United States economic co-operation, see DFAT's United States Country Brief and DFAT's AUSFTA page.

What is the role of a JCM?

JCMs are the key governance mechanism of AUSFTA, and are convened regularly as an opportunity to take stock of the Agreement. JCMs allow the Australian and United States Governments to jointly review the operation of the Agreement and identify ways to further strengthen our trade relationship. These meetings allow both countries to conduct a 'health check' of the FTA.

Opening markets for Australian businesses and consumers is a critical objective for the Australian Government. The Government wishes to ensure Australian interests are advanced under AUSFTA and that Australian business are kept up to date on the opportunities the Agreement provides. Reviewing AUSFTA's operation helps ensure that the Agreement continues to reflect the changing trade and economic landscape affecting both countries and globally and to provide opportunities for Australian business.

Submissions

DFAT invites submissions as part of our preparations for the upcoming JCM. We are particularly interested in feedback on specific AUSFTA issues and/or the general functioning of the Agreement. Responses can be emailed to us_fta@dfat.gov.au by close of business Friday 18 January 2019.

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Last Updated: 13 December 2018