Trade & International Affairs
Australia’s commercial and economic interests, and those of the world economy, are best served by a free system of global trade, capital, investment and information. Our commercial and economic prospects are critically dependent on broader and deeper involvement in global affairs, with business and government working cooperatively, where appropriate, to advance our national interests.
Trade and international affairs policy embraces trade, investment and information exchanges, foreign and strategic policy, transport and migration.
- Strengthen Australia’s representation in key international forums whose activities and programs affect Australia’s interests in global trade and commerce
- Advance and defend the interests of Australian business in the negotiation of key international treaties and their implementation in domestic legislation
- Promote a comprehensive round of multilateral trade negotiations
- Promote outcomes of benefit to business from the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) and Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)
- Work with the Australian Government to improve bilateral market access in key overseas markets
- Influence the Australian Government and international business groups when they negotiate treaties of importance to commerce and industry
Over the past 30 years many sectors of the Australian economy have been exposed to greater international competition and a flexible exchange rate. These fundamental reforms led to significant structural adjustment in the Australian economy and continue to drive structural change. These changes mean that many influences shaping our economy are beyond the control of government.
Australia is active in liberalising trade and investment in our region, negotiating critical bilateral and regional free trade agreements. These trade agreements need to be supported with outreach programs so that businesses can take full advantage. Business engagement in the negotiations and final agreements requires appropriate resourcing.
The Australian Chamber supports trade liberalisation, including the negotiation of treaties that aim to enhance the Australian economy and foster prosperity at home and among our trading partners.