What we do and why

Austrade promotes exports and encourages high-value investment and visitors to Australia.

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade):

  • helps grow Australia’s prosperity by delivering quality trade and investment services to businesses
  • accelerates growth in Australia’s tourism sector
  • promotes Australia’s education to the world.

With over 100 offices at home and worldwide, we help Australian businesses achieve diverse export outcomes and win investment needed to grow.

We deliver government programs to support trade and investment. We share commercial insights to inform government policy.

We are responsible for the Commonwealth’s tourism policy, programs and the national strategy for the visitor economy’s long-term, sustainable growth.

Our local knowledge, commercial expertise and trusted relationships with decision-makers make the difference.


Export support

We help exporters to expand in new markets. Programs include export market development grants and agricultural expansion initiatives.

Information on trade and markets

We gather and publish export information. This includes market analysis and insights for exporters.

Advice for exporters

Australia-based sector specialists and overseas advisers will help you understand local markets and make valuable connections.

Read more about how we help Australian exporters.


Insights into opportunities in Australia

We promote inward investment that creates jobs and prosperity. We provide advice on potential opportunities in Australia, for example in green energy.

International connections

Austrade advisers help potential investors make connections. This includes industry, market and regulatory contacts in Australia.

Read more about how we help international investors.


Programs and support

Austrade is the lead government agency for promoting the sustainable growth of Australia’s tourism economy. This includes managing grants programs.


Tourism Research Australia (TRA) generates insights into the Australian tourism industry. This helps to improve public policy at state and federal level.

Read more about how we help the tourism industry.

International education

Marketing and promotion

Austrade initiatives encourage international students to study with Australia. We do this through programs, research, institution support and overseas collaboration.

Connections with education institutions

We help Australian universities and colleges to expand overseas. Austrade officials in overseas posts will help you connect with potential partners.

Read more about how we help international education providers and students.

What we don’t do

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Meeting responsible business standards 

Austrade is committed to reducing abuses of human rights, modern slavery, money-laundering and bribery in domestic and overseas markets.

All organisations operating in Australia or overseas should be aware of and adhere to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The Guidelines provide principles and standards for responsible business behaviour, consistent with applicable domestic laws. The Guidelines are endorsed and promoted by the Australian Government.

Before engaging in any overseas markets, all organisations should conduct thorough due diligence to ensure that their employees, contractors, suppliers, partner organisations, or any other third parties are all meeting the responsible business standards expected by the OECD.