Scrutiny of international agreements: UK-Australia free trade agreement Contents

Appendix 3: Extract from the UK Government strategy for the UK-Australia FTA

Public Negotiating Objectives for a Free Trade Agreement with Australia

On 17 June 2020, the UK Government published its Negotiating Objectives for a free trade agreement with Australia. The Negotiating Objectives are included in a larger document entitled UK-Australia free trade agreement: the UK’s strategic approach.163 The document has four chapters:

Chapter 2: Outline Approach contains the Negotiating Objectives.164 Relevant extracts of that chapter are enclosed below.

Overall objectives

Trade in Goods

Goods Market Access

Customs and Trade Facilitation

Technical Barriers to Trade

Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary standards

Good Regulatory Practice and Regulatory Co-operation


Trade in Services

Public Services

Business Mobility

Digital Trade


Financial Services


Intellectual Property (IP)


State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs)

Government Procurement



Trade and Development

Trade Remedies

Dispute settlement

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Support UK SMEs to seize the opportunities of UK- Australia trade by:

Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment

General Provisions

Territorial Application

163 Strategic Approach

164 Ibid., pp 9–13

© Parliamentary copyright 2022