DFAT update on foreign arrangements in Australia

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has released new details about foreign arrangements as part of the Foreign Arrangements Scheme.

Since the inception of the scheme, DFAT has received notification of 13,000 arrangements, including by local governments.  See the public register.

So far, more than 8,000 arrangements have been identified as in-scope of the scheme and DFAT is receiving 250 prospective foreign arrangements per month.

The scheme began in December 2020, following entry into Australia’s Foreign Relations (States and Territories) Act 2020.  Under the scheme, local governments are required to notify the Minister for Foreign Affairs of arrangements they enter into with foreign entities, known as non‑core arrangements.

For more information, contact the Foreign Arrangements Branch foreignarrangements@dfat.gov.au