The department works closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to increase the global competitiveness of Australian industries through the Government’s free trade agreement (FTA) agenda. Securing increased market access for Australian exports into high value developed and developing country consumer and commercial markets and key regional supply chains is fundamental to the growth and productivity of Australian industry. DFAT has overarching policy responsibility for the negotiation of FTAs, but as part of a whole-of-government approach, the department plays a key role in the negotiation and ongoing administration of FTAs, providing advice on issues such as tariffs, rules of origin, services, investment, trade remedies and technical and product standards.
Australia is currently pursuing a range of FTA negotiations with key trading partners including India and Indonesia; and regional negotiations under the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER)-Plus with the Pacific Forum Island countries and New Zealand, the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Australia has existing FTAs with New Zealand, Singapore, the United States, Thailand, Chile, the parties to the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Japan and China. Australia has also concluded negotiations with the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement countries.
Utilising Australia’s FTAs
Australian businesses now have quick and easy access to information on Australia’s recently concluded FTAs with Korea, Japan and China through the FTA Portal. The Portal provides specific information for businesses looking to import and export under these agreements, including tariff schedules and product-specific rules of origin. It also provides detailed information on services and investment outcomes for these FTAs.
Businesses can also access detailed guidance material on Australia’s existing FTAs with New Zealand, Singapore, the United States, Thailand, Chile, the parties to the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Japan and China.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement was successfully concluded on 6 October 2015. The final text and summarised outcomes of the agreement are available on the DFAT website. The TPP Agreement will enter into force 60 days after it has been ratified by all original signatories.
Further information on Australia’s concluded FTAs can be found on the DFAT and Austrade websites.
Contact: Scott Wilson
Manager, Trade Policy Section
Trade and International Branch
Ph: +61 2 6276 1189