Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s purpose is to make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting our interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth, specifically in the Indo–Pacific region.

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Government. We work with other government agencies to ensure that Australia’s pursuit of its global, regional and bilateral interests is coordinated effectively.

DFAT is the lead agency managing Australia’s international presence. We manage a network of 100 overseas posts in five continents and have 6,264 staff located in Canberra, state and territory offices and overseas posts. 

Our officers are highly skilled at their work which includes developing and implementing foreign, trade and development policy, negotiating international agreements, delivering an effective aid program, and providing high quality consular assistance. This business is often conducted in one of the 29 foreign languages in which DFAT staff are proficient.

Web Address: http://www.dfat.gov.au/


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