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We provide legal and policy advice to the government on the development of public international law and its implementation.
Private international law
We are the Central Authority for the Hague Convention to transmit documents for service between two countries party to the convention. We are also involved in projects to develop principles and rules to resolve private international law issues.
We administer the Extradition Act. Our extradition relationships with partner countries help to combat crime. The Act sets out a number of requirements that must be met before Australia can make or accept an extradition request.
We work with other governments and organisations to prevent human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices, prosecute the offenders, and protect and support victims.
We seek and provide government-to-government assistance in criminal matters with other countries.
International parental child abduction
Find out how to make applications for the return of a child or access to a child under the Hague Child Abduction Convention or Australia's bilateral agreements with Egypt and Lebanon.
We engage in ongoing legislative and policy work to promote mutual cooperation with our regional partners to combat people smuggling operations.