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.

Did you know Australia currently has ten Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with sixteen countries and more FTAs will enter into force in the future? Is Australia pursuing FTAs to the exclusion of other trade liberalising opportunities?  Are these FTAs being used by Australian business? Why is Australia so keen on FTAs?  This article addresses these questions and other matters relating to Australia’s FTA agenda.

For women and girls caught in crises, crushing violence and exploitation are realities that need far more urgent action, argues Sharman Stone, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls

he most interesting opportunities we get as DFAT officers are not always found behind a desk in Canberra. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to accompany Simon Newnham, Australia’s APEC Ambassador and First Assistant Secretary of the Investment and Economic Division, on a visit to Tokyo. As part of that visit, Simon addressed a Symposium hosted by Japan’s Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) and the Australian National University (ANU).

 By Hon Dr Sharman Stone, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls Financial inclusion gives women greater choice and control over their financial lives. I know this after sitting with village savings clubs and microfinance groups in Vietnam, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Sitting among them, I witnessed a new generation of financially empowered women […]

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 By Dr Heather Smith PSM, Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Australia is home to some of the world’s best researchers, research institutions and research infrastructure, as well as entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses. Across a range of industry growth sectors (such as: advanced manufacturing; cyber security; food and agri-business; medical technology and […]