Australian Embassy

Doing business with Australia

Trade and economic relationships

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) in Canberra on 8 July 2014. The agreement entered into force on 15 January 2015.

JAEPA benefits both Australia and Japan. The agreement creates economic growth by increasing opportunities for investment and trade. It isbringing our economies and societies even closer, and will underpin a strong relationship for many years to come.

Read more about JAEPA on our economic diplomacy page.

For information about Australia's trade agreements with other countries, see the Australia's Trade Agreements page of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website.

For an overview of Australia’s trade and economic relationship with Japan see the country brief on the DFAT website.

For the latest Australia–Japanese trade statistics, see the fact sheet on the DFAT website.

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) is the Australian Government’s trade and investment development agency. Austrade helps Australian companies to succeed in international business, attracts foreign investment into Australia, and promotes Australia's education sector internationally.


Useful sites

  • provides a gateway to information and services about Australia for foreign business people.
  • BICON houses the Australian Government's Biosecurity import conditions database for more than 20,000 plants, animals, minerals and biological products. It will help you to determine what import conditions exist and if an import permit is required. Please refer to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources' Importing to Australia page for more information about BICON.
  • ANZCCJ is an independent, non-profit organisation that has been dedicated to the development of commerce between Australia, New Zealand and Japan since 1972.
  • Interested in doing business with Japan? Watch here for some useful tips.