Australia and Hong Kong pen historic trade deal

Australia and Hong Kong have today signed the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (A‑HKFTA) and associated Investment Agreement, securing more certainty and opportunities for Australian farmers, businesses and investors.   Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the agreements marked a new chapter in Australia’s close and mutually beneficial relationship with Hong Kong.   “Australian farmers, businesses,…

Consul-General and Senior Trade Commissioner San Francisco

Joint Release with Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne  We are pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Nichles as Australia’s new Consul-General and Senior Trade Commissioner in San Francisco.  The United States is the largest foreign investor in Australia, Australia’s largest foreign investment destination, and the fourth largest destination for Australian exports. Mr Nichles…

Advancing Australia’s blockchain industry

Joint release with Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews  The development of a national blockchain roadmap and $100,000 of funding from the Morrison Government will help position Australia’s burgeoning blockchain industry to become a global leader. The roadmap will focus on a number of policy areas including regulation, skills and capacity building, innovation,…

New campaign to boost regional tourism

Joint release with Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman and Assistant Minister for Agriculture Richard Colbeck  The Liberal-National Government has today announced a new campaign to attract more working holiday makers to Australia, helping to support our farmers and boost regional tourism. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said Australia…

New educational tool to educate students about Australia’s trading history

The Liberal-National Government has launched a new educational tool to teach school students about the role and significance trade plays in driving Australia’s economy and building strong relationships with our regional trading partners.   Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said the Australia’s Trade Through Time website will be a vital tool for…

Even better regions on the way with funding for 330 new regional projects

Joint Release with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack  Regional communities throughout Australia will benefit from 330 new infrastructure projects and community initiatives, as part of a $204.3 million investment under Round 3 of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s highly successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and…

New campaign to attract more Chinese travellers to Australia

The Liberal-National Government has today launched a new campaign to attract an emerging and lucrative type of Chinese visitor to Australia, commonly known as the free and independent traveller (FIT). Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham today officially launched Tourism Australia’s latest campaign ‘Too Australian for Words’ in an attempt to lure more…

Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA)

Op Ed   Today in Jakarta, I will sign the historic Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, commonly known as IA-CEPA.   The deal marks a new chapter in Australia’s partnership with one of our closest friends and neighbours. Indonesia offers significant economic opportunities right on our doorstep. Our neighbour has one of the fastest-growing economies…