The TPP-11 (also known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) is an historic and ambitious agreement. It is a regional free trade agreement with a membership that includes some of our most important trading partners from the dynamic Indo-Pacific region.

Here are five reasons why the TPP-11 is a good deal for Australia.

These images highlight the work of everyday Australians doing extraordinary things to help those in need around the world. These Australians represent the best of us. They are the most visible aspect of Australia’s humanitarian contribution.

Local people are best placed to help their own communities in times of crisis. Australia works with a range of international NGOs and national Red Cross societies to engage with and empower local people. We also partner with grass roots organisations such as women’s groups to ensure Australian assistance is targeted to those that need it most.

Over 68 million people are now displaced due to instability and conflict, more than at any time since World War II. Australia’s assistance is focused on supporting these communities as close to home as possible.

For National Science Week, CSIRO shares how a career in science can build Australia’s connections with the world. DFAT recognises that our scientists are ambassadors for Australia’s innovation expertise, boosting our influence in the world and helping tackle some of the region’s most pressing challenges, such as food security, pandemics and climate change.

Trade is not a zero sum game with winners and losers. Trade agreements deliver win-win outcomes for both sides.

Few Australians appreciate just how advanced and secure their passports really are. DFAT’s pioneering use of face biometrics is a big part of the story.