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ECA launches new Trade Policy Workshops for businesses, industry and trade service providers

By Export Council of Australia · December 20, 2015

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Understand trade policy through discussion with industry leaders

One of the core functions of the Export Council of Australia (ECA) is trade policy advocacy. 

The team at the ECA works hard to represent the challenges and opportunities facing Australia’s international trade community to Government. 

We do so by meeting with key government decision makers, providing submissions on issues directly relating to trade, facilitating engagement between exporters/importers and key decision makers, participating in industry advisory committees, as well as through our annual Trade Policy Recommendations.

In 2016 the ECA is launching a new workshop for those interested in not only getting a deeper understanding of the ECA’s trade policy work but also provides a conduit for industry, business and government to get together to discuss key trade policy decisions going forward that could affect your business.

This workshop is aimed at coordinating industry’s voice on the key issues affecting trade in order to facilitate positive outcomes for exporters and importers.

Who should attend?

The workshop is designed for those at the executive level in established companies who wish to engage more with the ECA on key trade policy issues that could impact on their business going forward. It is also relevant to anyone working at a high level in international trade related organisations.

Workshop Outline - Key Topics

This practical one day interactive workshop will cover:

  • Trade Policy 3.0 - Overview from the ECA on Trade Policy in Australia and a discussion around the ECA's latest Trade Policy recommendations.
  • Federal Budget - an overview of the latest Federal Budget announcement and its impact on International Trade
  • Trade Policy and the WTO - an update from the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade on current and future agreements and discussion around:
    • Trade Policy and the World Trade Organisation
    • Market access
    • Non-tariff Barriers
    • Dispute settlement and the World Trade Organisation
    • Bilateral, Plurilateral and Regional Trade Agreements
  • Advancing Trade Development and Trade Promotion - updates on the role of Austrade and AusIndustry
  • Improving Trade Facilitation - an update on the regulatory environment that supports trade facilitation in Australia. This includes detailed updates on:
    • Australian Border Force: Reporting of exports and imports and other compliance issues
    • Australian Trusted Trader Programme: a voluntary accreditation programme that recognises secure and compliant industry supply chain practices, offering tailored trade facilitation benefits to accredited businesses.
    • Office of Transport Security:  Known Consignor scheme for exporters to the US by air together with other regulation of trade
    • Defence Export Controls Office: administering our sanctions regime and regulating the export of defence and dual-use goods as part of Australia's system of export controls
    • Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade: The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and other relevant WTO Agreements affecting trade
    • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources: new Biosecurity legislation and approvals for import and export
    • IP Australia: Intellectual Property in Global Trade
    • Financing for Global Growth: the role of government and the private sector
    • Anti–corruption and Bribery Issues: the Australian regime affecting exporters together with the impact of the US and UK regimes
The final part of the workshop will include the opportunity for attendees to discuss key issues impacting on their trade growth and the ECA will extend invitations for relevant State Ministers to participate.


What is involved? The one day workshop will run from  9:00am to 5:00pm.

Workshop inclusions:
  • Course materials
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Networking drinks

All participants will receive the following:

  • Pre-workshop briefing notes
  • Course notes folder with copies of presentations and support material
  • Useful fact sheets
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Participants will be provided with notepads and pens.
For further information on this workshop please contact Lisa McAuley, CEO of the Export Council of Australia on 02 8243 7400 or lisamcauley@export.org.au 
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