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DFAT has offices in each state and territory capital and over 100 posts across the world. DFAT builds strong networks in host countries with ministers, government officials, business people, media representatives, think tanks, universities and community groups. Drawing on these networks, DFAT can advise business on the latest political, economic, commercial, regulatory and strategic developments that matter for Australia’s prosperity.

DFAT leads Australia’s international trade and investment negotiations, including FTAs, and regularly consults State and Territory Governments and the business community on current negotiations. DFAT works closely with Austrade on investment opportunities. DFAT manages the majority of Australia’s $4 billion aid program, which focuses on economic development across our region.

The contact point for business in DFAT is the Business & Government Liaison Section. Contact

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Austrade is a key player in Australia’s economic diplomacy, with a network of 81 offices in 48 international markets.

Austrade supports Australian exporters by identifying commercial opportunities, including those created through free trade agreements, and promotes Australian industry capability to overseas buyers, particularly in sectors where Australia has a comparative advantage.

Austrade promotes Australia as a place to do business, as a high-quality education destination, and as a place to invest, working in partnership with industry.

More information on Austrade’s services.

Tourism Australia

Tourism Australia leads the promotion of Australian tourism internationally, with activities in 18 markets around the world. Tourism Australia works closely with Australian tourism businesses to identify target markets and develop tourism products.

More information on Tourism Australia’s services.


The Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic) is Australia’s export credit agency. It helps Australian businesses realise opportunities in international markets and export supply chains by facilitating access to finance.

More information about Efic.


Agriculture is an important Australian industry, as it is in many developing countries. The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) leads Australia’s international collaboration in research and related activities towards more productive and sustainable agriculture.

More information about ACIAR.

Last Updated: 27 October 2017


Pursue trade liberalisation through bilateral, regional and global trade agreements that open up new markets for Australian exporters and sustain a strong, rules-based architecture for global trade.

Trade and investment


Support global growth, including by using Australia's aid program and other measures to promote economic reform and infrastructure, and through regional and global economic cooperation forums.

Australia's aid program


Promote investment into Australia and Australian investment internationally.



Advance the interests of Australian business overseas, the development of a stronger private sector in our region, and promote Australian tourism.