Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt will host a seminar in Melbourne next week to help local businesses make the most of Australia’s free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Japan and China.

The event, to be held at The Como, South Yarra on Wednesday 2 November, will give business owners the chance to hear first-hand how FTAs can help them in international markets.

“The Australian Government has secured unprecedented preferential market access to more than a billion potential customers for Australian goods and services through our free-trade agreements with Korea, Japan and China,” Mr Pitt said.

“This seminar is a fantastic opportunity for small and medium businesses in Melbourne to hear first-hand how they can make the most of these Agreements, which create a significant competitive advantage for Australian businesses to boost their sales and to deliver jobs and growth here in Australia.

“The Australian Government is determined to support businesses in Melbourne through important seminars like these.”

A feature of the seminar will be a talk with GAIA Skin Naturals General Manager, Simon Vogrinec, who will share his business experience in exporting to these key North Asia markets.

The FTAs that Australia has secured with China (ChAFTA), Japan (JAEPA) and Korea (KAFTA) unlocked increased preferential market access for our exports, including progressive tariff cuts, into some of the world’s most dynamic economies, and lay a strong foundation for supporting two-way investment.

The free seminar, jointly hosted by Austrade and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and relevant to all industries, will run from 9am to 11am.

Attendees can register at or find out more by contacting Austrade (13 28 78 or

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