Helping Australian businesses get the most out of our Free Trade Agreements

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 …

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Addressing corruption can even the playing field in an era of widening inequalities

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 …

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Making the most out of migration

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, …

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Working together is key to strengthening resilience across the Asia-Pacific

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. …

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Improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Myanmar

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 …

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Providing sustainable and inclusive WASH solutions in Timor-Leste

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.