This article was originally published in November 2018 and updated in April 2020.  By Michael Dean and Angela Rendall, Free Trade Agreement Outreach Section, DFAT The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Portal provides easy access to information that helps exporters, importers, customs brokers, freight forwarders and other businesses benefit from Australia’s free trade agreements. Users of […]

By Valerie Cliff, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Director of the Bangkok Regional Hub, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Asia’s economic ascent over the past two decades has contributed to a dramatic transformation: steep decreases in poverty rates, soaring domestic consumption and better […]

By Jane Duke, Australia’s Ambassador to ASEAN 18 December is International Migrants Day, marking the anniversary of the adoption of the UN convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families. It’s a good time to take stock of how much migrant workers in our region contribute to societies, including Australia, through their work, […]

This year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, or “DRR Day”, is a time to reflect on how risk-informed development can minimise the impacts of natural hazards on our communities. Urbanisation and climate change mean that disaster risk reduction is more important than ever. To solve these complex problems we need coordinated and clever solutions. […]

Two of DFAT’s partners have released a Good Practice Review (GPR) – a practical reference guide on responding to humanitarian needs in urban contexts.

Access to sexual and reproductive health services are vital for young people to understand their bodies, protect their health and realise their full potential. Through our Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), Australia supports organisations like Burnet Institute to deliver quality sexual and reproductive health education to vulnerable individuals and communities in our region. By Lia […]

By Passport Communications Take a trip back in time to 2003, when The Black Eyed Peas asked ‘Where is the love?’ and Rove McManus won the Gold Logie for being the ‘Most Popular Personality on Australian TV’. The social media behemoth MySpace was still four years away from the peak of its popularity, but the […]

For over two hundred years, foreign investment has played a crucial role in delivering higher rates of economic growth, employment and standards of living to Australians, and this will remain the case for the foreseeable future.

Clean, safe and accessible water for everyone in the community plays a critical role in addressing poverty and contributing to economic and human development. Through our Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), Australia is supporting organisations like EWB Australia to deliver community-based projects that have a direct and tangible impact on reducing poverty in developing countries.

A group photo with the Ambassador for Women and Girls with male and female staff from Marie Stopes Timor Leste and the Ministry of Health at the Community Health Clinic, Aileu Health Facility in Timor Leste.

We all have the power to be agents of change, and we can all play a significant role in achieving gender equality. Through alliances, collaboration and partnership, the impact of individual efforts can be multiplied to be much more powerful.