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Free Trade Agreements

A free trade agreement (FTA) is an international treaty between two or more economies that reduces or eliminates certain barriers to trade in goods and services, as well as investment. Australia negotiates FTA's to benefit Australian exporters, importers, producers and investors by reducing and eliminating certain barriers to international trade and investment.


Free trade agreements in force


The following are Australia’s free trade agreements (listed with the entry-into-force date).

  • Australia-New Zealand (ANZCERTA or CER) – 1 January 1983

  • Singapore-Australia (SAFTA) – 28 July 2003

  • Australia-United States (AUSFTA) – 1 January 2005

  • Thailand-Australia (TAFTA) – 1 January 2005

  • Australia-Chile (ACl-FTA) – 6 March 2009

  • ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand (AANZFTA) – 1 January 2010 for eight countries: Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Burma, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. For Thailand: 12 March 2010. For Laos: 1 January 2011. For Cambodia: 4 January 2011. For Indonesia: 10 January 2012

  • Malaysia-Australia (MAFTA) – 1 January 2013

  • Korea-Australia (KAFTA) – 12 December 2014

  • Japan-Australia (JAEPA) – 15 January 2015

  • China-Australia (ChAFTA) – 20 December 2015

  • Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – 30 December 2018

  • Australia-Hong Kong (A-HKFTA) and associated Investment Agreement (IA) – 17 January 2020

  • Peru-Australia (PAFTA) — 11 February 2020

  • Indonesia- Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) – 5 July 2020

  • Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus – 13 December 2020


FTAs under negotiation

  • Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement

  • Australia-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Free Trade Agreement

  • Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement

  • Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement

  • Environmental Goods Agreement

  • Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement

  • Trade in Services Agreement

For a current list of agreements, go to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: here


Best regards,


David James Connolly

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