Purpose

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade – contributes to Australia’s economic prosperity by helping Australian businesses, education institutions, tourism operators, governments and citizens as they:

  • develop international markets and promote international education
  • win productive foreign direct investment
  • strengthen Australia’s tourism industry
  • seek consular and passport services.

Our Role

Austrade leverages the deep commercial knowledge and relationships of our international and domestic networks, and the badge of government, to deliver value for our clients and investors. We:

  • connect export-ready Australian businesses to overseas opportunities and work with them to achieve commercial outcomes
  • win productive foreign direct investment
  • promote Australian capability internationally
  • work with priority industry sectors to drive sustained long-term growth of Australian exports
  • reduce the time, cost and risk for our clients
  • provide authoritative commercial insights and information to help clients to make informed business decisions
  • inform and influence policy to support positive trade and investment outcomes
  • provide financial assistance for exporters through programs like the Export Market Development Grants scheme
  • support Australia’s regional exporters through the TradeStart network
  • contribute to economic diplomacy and protect the welfare of Australians abroad through timely, responsive consular and passport services in specific locations.

Austrade Strategy 2018-2022

Austrade’s Agency Strategy 2018-2022 is available here

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Austrade Organisational Capability Assessment

The rate of change within Austrade’s and our clients’ global operating environment is rapid – driven by digital transformation, and significant geo-political, economic and demographic shifts. Over the next five years, these shifts will create new challenges and opportunities for Austrade, our partners and our clients.

In 2017, Austrade commissioned the Australian Public Service Commission to undertake an Organisational Capability Assessment to assess Austrade’s ability to operate successfully in a future context. Led by the Hon Warwick Smith AM and Mr Andrew Metcalfe AO, the Organisational Capability Assessment made a number of observations about what we can and should do in response to future challenges and opportunities. Implementation of the report’s recommendations is currently underway . The report and our response are available below:

International Network Review

One of the key recommendations of the OCA was that Austrade should review its offshore operations to ensure that resources are directed to achieve the best outcomes for our clients, economy and government. From June to September 2018, Austrade undertook a review of its international network. The review considered the Agency’s footprint, resource distribution and operating practices, and how the network could be optimised. The review made a number of observations and recommendations, these are reflected in the Blueprint for Optimisation of Austrade's International Network.

Read the Blueprint for Optimisation of Austrade's International Network