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Labour provisions in free trade agreements

We provide advice and assistance to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on labour issues that may arise in trade matters.

Labour provisions feature in the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP-11).

Other key free trade agreements include the Pac Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER Plus) (concluded on 20 April 2017) and the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) (concluded on 31 August 2018).

Current negotiations

Labour provisions are currently being negotiated in the Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement and the Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement. Labour provisions have also recently been negotiated in the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Find out more

Visit the DFAT website for information on free trade agreements.

For information on the AUSFTA and the department’s contact point, download the Chapter 18 (Labour): Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA):