Current Policy Priorities

The Voice of Australia’s Exporters

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) plays an active role in advocating on behalf of Australian exporters and importers. A respected and influential voice on trade policy issues, the ECA is a non-partisan organisation with a mission to promote policies that support trade liberalisation and enhance the global competitiveness of Australian businesses.

The ECA’s trade policy work is driven by its membership and trade research undertaken with our partners and sponsors.

In consultation with members, industry, and the ECA’s Trade Policy Committee and Trade Policy Advisory Committee, the ECA releases annual Trade Policy Recommendations for Government. In addition, the ECA provides submissions to parliamentary and other inquiries relating to trade and regularly engage with all levels of government to advance Australia’s trade development.


  • Promote trade liberalisation as a means to foster economic growth and help ensure Australia's long term prosperity.
  • Represent the needs of our members, Australia's export and import community, to government.
  • Provide recommendations to government on where barriers to trade can be removed and trade facilitation improved.
  • Be a body that helps coordinate industry's voice on trade related issues.

Current policy priorities:

  • Building infrastructure & supply chain efficiencies
  • Enhancing investment
  • Improving trade facilitation
  • Advancing trade development
  • Growing service exports
  • Leveraging free trade agreements

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Additional information regarding ECA Trade Policy activity can also be found in the ECA’s media centre.

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