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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002   
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Contents >> International Relations >> Role of DFAT in Australia’s international relations

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is the principal source of advice to the Government on foreign and trade policy issues and is the agency primarily responsible for implementing the Government’s foreign and trade policies.

Its aim is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally.

Its goals are to:

  • enhance Australia’s security;
  • contribute to growth in Australia’s economy, employment and standard of living;
  • assist Australian travellers and Australians overseas;
  • strengthen global cooperation in ways that advance Australia’s interests; and
  • foster public understanding of Australia’s foreign and trade policy and to project a positive image of Australia internationally.

Location and number of DFAT staff

Graph 3.1 shows the location of DFAT staff. Graph 3.2 shows the number of Australia-based DFAT staff overseas by broad region.

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