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‘CHOICE’ travel insurance buying guide
23 October 2014
Today I announce the release of a new initiative to aid Australian travellers in selecting travel insurance ahead of the peak Christmas travel period and start of the cruise season.
The CHOICE Guide to Travel Insurance was commissioned by the Australian Government in June this year.
Australians take huge financial and other risks if they travel overseas without insurance, or buy an inadequate policy. The latest data from the Understand Insurance 2014 survey undertaken by Qantum reveals that 19 per cent of Australians who travelled overseas in the past two years did so without insurance. (more)
Premium Investor Visa to promote innovation
17 October 2014
Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said that direct investment in residential real estate would not be a complying investment under the government’s proposed new Premium Investor Visa (PIV).
The PIV would offer a more expeditious pathway for international investors to permanent residency as compared to the existing Significant Investor Visa (SIV). Under the PIV a 12 month pathway to permanent residency would be available for investors meeting a $15 million threshold in an eligible investment. (more)
Australia's trade with East Asia grows
14 October 2014
Australia’s trade with East Asia grew to $366.7 billion in 2013, up 7.6 per cent on 2012, according to one of three new publications on geographic trade statistics released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today.
Australia’s trade with East Asia also reports that exports to East Asia increased 10.6 per cent to $218.8 billion. Iron ore exports to East Asia accounted for over a quarter of total exports, valued at $69.5 billion. Gold (up 30.5 per cent), beef (up 24.6 per cent) and other ores and concentrates – mainly manganese, lead and zinc ores and concentrates (up 15.1 per cent) all grew strongly in 2013. (more)
Trade and Investment Minister Robb visits the United States
29 September 2014
Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb will discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) with the US Trade Representative, Ambassador Mike Froman, during his fourth Ministerial visit to the United States on 29 and 30 September.
“Australia is committed to concluding an ambitious, commercially meaningful TPP, including high quality market access outcomes. I will be discussing with my US counterpart, Ambassador Mike Froman, how to move the TPP towards successful conclusion”. (more)
Tourism Australia wins top global award
23 September 2014
Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said Tourism Australia has been voted the ‘best destination’ marketeer at the annual World Routes awards, in Chicago last night.
Mr Robb said Australia’s national tourism organisation was recognised for its successful collaborative approach to global aviation development “characterised by its extensive marketing activities and joint campaigns with more than 20 international airlines, as well as strong partnerships with Australia's airports and state and territory tourism bodies”. (more)
Trade and Investment Minister's Statement on Investment
23 September 2014
I’m pleased to present and table the inaugural annual Investment Statement to the Parliament.
This delivers on a commitment the Coalition made at the 2013 Federal Election. (more)
Trade and Investment Ministers adopt 'Team Australia' approach
12 September 2014
Australian ministers responsible for trade and investment today agreed to adopt a ‘Team Australia’ approach in both promoting our nation’s strengths to the world and in pursuing commercial opportunities.
The second Trade and Investment Ministers’ Meeting, held today in Cairns, brought together representatives from all states and territories and the Commonwealth.
Federal Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb who hosted the meeting said the outcome was a good example of Australians working together to back our country’s strengths. “As a nation we are best served concentrating on the things we do as well as anybody and better than most,” he said. (more)
Tourism exports reach record $30 billion
3 September 2014
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb today welcomed the release of data showing tourism exports are now worth over $30 billion a year.
Tourism Research Australia’s International Visitor Survey for the year ending June 2014 reveals record arrivals from eight of Australia’s key markets: New Zealand, USA, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India and Germany.
These figures come at a time when there is a reported $20 billion worth of prospective investment in new Australian tourism infrastructure at the high-quality end of the market. (more)
Stronger information sharing, stronger borders from agreement between Australia and the United States
Joint media release
The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
27 August 2014
The Government of the United States of America and the Government of Australia have signed an agreement for the sharing of visa and immigration information, bolstering the capacity of each country to confirm identities of foreign nationals.
The agreement for the sharing of visa and immigration information, which was signed at Parliament House today, will enable two-way information sharing between Australia and the United States.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, said today’s agreement comes at a time when strengthening national border control through the use of technology has never been more important for Australia. (more)
DFAT releases new G20 publication
22 August 2014
DFAT's new G20 publication provides summary data on both Australia's trade and investment relationships with the Group of Twenty (G20) members as well as G20 members' trade with the world.
Publication: Australia's trade and investment with the G20
Relationship with China greatly valued
19 August 2014
The Abbott Government wants to make it perfectly clear that it greatly values Australia’s strong and growing relationship with China and its people, the Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said today.
The existing strength of our relationship is underlined by the fact that China is our biggest trading partner with two-way trade approaching $150 billion. This represents more than 20 per cent of our total trade.
The linkages in our community run deep with 866,000 people of Chinese ancestry and almost 700,000 speaking Mandarin or Cantonese. Mandarin is the most common language spoken in Australian homes other than English (more)
Australia’s economic diplomacy: our prosperity, global prosperity
Joint media release
18 August 2014
Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb today launched the Coalition’s Economic Diplomacy policy at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney.
Minister Bishop said economic diplomacy would boost both Australia’s prosperity and global prosperity.
“The global economy is a highly competitive space and sustaining Australia’s position as the 12th largest economy globally requires strong international engagement,” Minister Bishop said. (more)
AUSMIN 2014 Joint Communiqué
12 August 2014
Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met on 12 August in Sydney for the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN).
On the 29th anniversary of the first AUSMIN, the talks reaffirmed the Alliance’s important contribution to the peace, security, and prosperity of the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean regions as well as its enduring value in addressing contemporary and evolving challenges in the regions and throughout the world. The Alliance is a cornerstone of our strong and dynamic bilateral relationship, which is based on shared values and close friendship. (more)
Robb welcomes major tourism investment
12 August 2014
Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb today welcomed Chinese company Wanda Group’s announcement it will develop tourism-related infrastructure in Australia worth $900 million.
The first project will be a triple-tower, beachfront resort on the Gold Coast, The Jewel. This will include Wanda Vista, a luxury five star hotel with approximately 160 rooms.
“The addition of a new luxury Chinese hotel brand to the Australian market will have benefits across Australia’s tourism industry,” Mr Robb said. (more)
Record numbers show Australian tourism open for business
7 August 2014
Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said new data showing record numbers of international visitors to Australia in 2013-14, especially from Asia, underlined the strength of our tourism offer.
The data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that short-term visitor arrivals increased 8 per cent to a record of 6.6 million in 2013-14. (more)
Australia's trade in services for 2013
5 August 2014
Australia has experienced its strongest services trade growth since 2007, led by the business and travel sectors. Services trade increased 9.1 per cent year-on-year to $124.8 billion in 2013, according to ‘Trade in Services, Australia 2013’ released today by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. (more)
Updated travel advice for Liberia and Sierra Leone
1 August 2014
The Australian Government is urging Australians travelling to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to reconsider their need to travel in the wake of the most serious recorded outbreak of the Ebola virus disease.
The Government has reissued its advice to Australians in Sierra Leone and Liberia, raising the level to reconsider your need to travel, in line with existing advice for Guinea. This reflects the seriousness of the outbreak and the ongoing challenges in containing it. (more)
Ukranian Parliament endorses recovery mission
31 July 2014
I am pleased to have been in the Verkhovna Rada today to witness the adoption of a bilateral arrangement between Ukraine and Australia on the search for, and recovery of, remains and the investigation into the downing of MH17.
The arrangement provides the framework for Australia’s assistance to Ukraine. It formally authorises the presence of police, civilian and military personnel and contains a number of important protections for our people on the ground. This includes freedom of movement, the right to import and export supporting assets, and immunity from Ukraine’s criminal and civil jurisdiction. (more)
Senior investment specialists appointed
31 July 2014
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has confirmed the appointments of three senior investment specialists from the private sector who will add to Australia’s capacity to attract foreign investment.
“These three senior investment specialists will be joined by two more specialists in the near future, and all five will focus on promoting investment into the key sectors of the national investment priorities - food and agribusiness, resources and energy, tourism and hospitality, tropical health and medical research and international education,” Mr Robb said. (more)
Australia to host AUSMIN in Sydney
29 July 2014
The Australian Government will host United States Secretary of State John Kerry and United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in Sydney on 12 August for the 2014 Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN).
AUSMIN is the principal forum for progressing bilateral cooperation on foreign, defence and strategic policy matters between Australia and the United States. It is an opportunity to reaffirm our Alliance and the depth and breadth of our relationship. (more)
UN Security Council resolution on the downing of flight MH17
22 July 2014
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the armed separatist groups controlling the MH17 crash site to allow unfettered access to international investigators. Australia played a lead role, authoring the resolution which was adopted in New York on July 21 (July 22 Australian time). It calls on the separatists to ensure the bodies of the 298 victims – including 28 Australians and nine Australian permanent residents – are treated with the utmost dignity and respect and returned to their grieving families. (more)
Condolences for MH17 victims, families and AIDS 2014 delegates
18 July 2014
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and the Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, offer condolences to MH17 victims, their families and the delegates to the International AIDS Conference, which begins in Melbourne on Sunday, 20 July. "Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of all those on board,” Minister Bishop said. "This is a terrible tragedy. Whilst we cannot be certain of exact details yet, it appears that a number of people on board the plane were on their way to the International AIDS Conference. We acknowledge that this will be a great loss to the international community working to eliminate HIV/AIDS. Even as we mourn the loss of those on MH17, we recognise the importance of coming together to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS.” (more)
Robb to lead G20 investment forum
16 July 2014
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will promote the Australian government’s strong pro-investment agenda to some of the world’s leading CEOs later this week in Sydney.
Mr Robb will chair the Australian Investment Forum, to be held on Saturday 19 July, following the B20 Summit of business leaders on 16-18 July and prior to the G20 meeting of Trade Ministers.
Leading executives from the US, UK, Japan, China, Singapore, India, Europe and the Middle East will attend the Forum, organised by Austrade to bring together companies with significant existing or potential investments in Australia. (more)
Supporting Australian business to build links in Asia
1 July 2014
Grants to help Australian businesses expand their links in Asia have been awarded to 18 member-based organisations, under the Asian Business Engagement Plan program.
Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said the grants will help further open up key Asian markets for Australian businesses and organisations in areas such as agribusiness, science and innovation and services covering tourism, education, professional services, engineering and built environment. (more)