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Austrade at a glance

Who are we?

The Australian Trade 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.

What we do

Austrade promotes Australian exports and attracts investment into Australia by generating market information and insights, promoting Australian capabilities, making connections through an extensive global network of contacts, leveraging the 'badge of government' offshore, providing quality advice and services to exporters and investors, and developing policy. Austrade also has responsibility for policies and programmes to strengthen Australia's tourism sector.

Our outcomes

Outcome 1

Contribute to Australia's economic prosperity by promoting Australia's export and other international economic interests through the provision of information, advice and services to business, associations, institutions and government.

Outcome 2

The protection and welfare of Australians abroad through timely and responsive consular and passport services in specific locations overseas.

Performance reporting

Austrade's success in achieving its outcomes is measured against the deliverables and key performance indicators detailed in the 2014–15 Portfolio Budget Statements for the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio. Results are summarised in Part 2 of this report, starting on page 15.

Our staff

At 30 June 2015, Austrade employed 1,045 staff, 69 per cent of whom were employed in client-focused operations in Australia and overseas. Staff turnover was 7.2 per cent and the gender balance was 56 per cent female and 44 per cent male.

Our network

At 30 June 2015, Austrade had 79 overseas offices in 47 different markets, and 17 of those offices also provided consular services on behalf of the Australian Government. Within Australia, Austrade had 10 offices, complemented by a further 27 offices managed through Austrade's TradeStart network.