Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer

Develop the policy and operational aspects of Australia's foreign policy and trade interests.

Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer

Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer

Roles and responsibilities

Foreign affairs and trade officers provide policy advice on foreign affairs and trade issues to government ministers.

Knowledge of a foreign language is not necessary but is a distinct advantage.

Successful applicants require a strong record of academic achievement and many have an honours degree.

As a departmental officer, you will also

  • keep the government informed about international strategic, political, economic and trade issues
  • advise on treaties and on matters of international law
  • promote the Department's cultural relations program, and environmental and human rights objectives
  • provide consular advice to members of the public
  • provide advice about the management and administration of the Department.

When based in overseas embassies or consulates, officers:

  • prepare political and economic analyses
  • undertake representations and negotiations related to Australia's foreign policy and trade interests
  • undertake duties associated with the administration of an overseas mission
  • assist in preparations for ministerial and official visits
  • participate in cultural and community information activities, including communication, public relations and media queries  
  • assist in implementing aid programs
  • handle enquiries and representations on behalf of Australian authorities
  • represent Australia at international meetings
  • undertake consular work, including assisting Australians in need
  • issue passports and manage related requests

Source: myFuture

Further information

Recruitment is undertaken through either the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Graduate Trainee recruitment program or the general recruitment program. Graduate Trainees are provided with a comprehensive academic and professional skills program including formal courses and on-the-job training.

Recruits with accounting degrees are provided with training to enable them to obtain their Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) qualification.

Foreign affairs and trade officers provide policy advice on foreign affairs and trade issues to government ministers.

Knowledge of a foreign language is not necessary but is a distinct advantage.

Successful applicants require a strong record of academic achievement and many have an honours degree.

As a departmental officer, you will also

  • keep the government informed about international strategic, political, economic and trade issues
  • advise on treaties and on matters of international law
  • promote the Department's cultural relations program, and environmental and human rights objectives
  • provide consular advice to members of the public
  • provide advice about the management and administration of the Department.

When based in overseas embassies or consulates, officers:

  • prepare political and economic analyses
  • undertake representations and negotiations related to Australia's foreign policy and trade interests
  • undertake duties associated with the administration of an overseas mission
  • assist in preparations for ministerial and official visits
  • participate in cultural and community information activities, including communication, public relations and media queries  
  • assist in implementing aid programs
  • handle enquiries and representations on behalf of Australian authorities
  • represent Australia at international meetings
  • undertake consular work, including assisting Australians in need
  • issue passports and manage related requests

Source: myFuture

Further information

Recruitment is undertaken through either the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Graduate Trainee recruitment program or the general recruitment program. Graduate Trainees are provided with a comprehensive academic and professional skills program including formal courses and on-the-job training.

Recruits with accounting degrees are provided with training to enable them to obtain their Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) qualification.

Undergraduate Courses To Become

Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer

Postgraduate Courses To Become

Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer

Postgraduate study is not necessarily required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.

Relevant postgraduate courses include: