Single window for international trade

The Australian Government is working towards establishing a single window for international trade.

Australian businesses are currently required to navigate a range of government agencies and industry bodies to comply with requirements to import and export goods into and from Australia.

A single window would create a secure digital interface between government and industry, and provide a single data touch point for Australian businesses to meet all international trade regulatory requirements.

A single window would transform the Australian international trade environment and allow for seamless and integrated interaction between government and business.

Single window commercialisation scoping study

In considering options for a single window, the Australian Government is keen to explore innovative solutions for private sector involvement.

Leveraging the capability and technology available in private industry could facilitate increased trade, improve user experience and efficiency, and reduce costs for traders and government.

As a contribution to this work, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to conduct a study to:

  • Investigate the feasibility and commerciality of the private sector investing in, building, and operating a trade single window, including opportunities for value-added services that could enhance a single window; and
  • Determine the requirements and cost of next steps for any identified opportunities.

PwC will report to Government mid-year.

PwC will consult broadly with industry to better understand the needs of Australian businesses and what aspects of a single window could be commercialised.

We would like to hear your ideas. If you want to contribute, email

Last Updated: 29 March 2018