International Engagement


The Department of Employment engages with relevant international forums such as the OECD, ILO, G20 and APEC to promote Australia’s national interests and help develop evidence-based domestic policies that support the creation of a strong and diversified Australian economy. 

Upcoming events

The Department of Employment will be hosting in 2017 the following events:


Australia joined the OECD in 1971 and is closely involved in their work promoting structural reform to support long-term growth and wealth creation. Australia attends many international meetings and events, and is an active member of working groups and committees that support our interests. Australia supports the OECD's increasing engagement with emerging and developing countries under its enhanced engagement program.


The Group of Twenty (G20) is the leading forum for international economic cooperation and employment is a central part of the G20's agenda. The Department represents Australia in a G20 Employment Working Group with counterparts from the world's largest economies and international organisations, developing advice for G20 Labour and Employment Ministers as well as G20 Leaders on a wide range of issues.

Find out more about the G20 Employment Working Group


Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific. APEC's 21 members aim to create greater prosperity for the people of the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and by accelerating regional economic integration. The Department represents Australia mainly in the APEC Human Resources Development Working Group along with the Department of Education and Training. Throughout the year, APEC members participate in a wide variety of projects concerning employment, labour and social protection issues.


Australia was a founding member of the United Nations in 1945 and has been active in the organisation ever since.  We work closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as other key agencies, to ensure Australia meets its international obligations inherent in membership of the United Nations.  Visit the UN page for further information. 


The principal objective of Australia’s engagement with the International Labour Organization (ILO) is to advance, protect and promote Australia’s broader national interests, by ensuring Australia’s views are reflected in the ILO’s deliberations and outcomes. The Australian representative to the ILO is the Minister-Counsellor (Employment) who represents Australia’s interests at the International Labour Conference and other international meetings.

Other Bilateral and Multilateral Forums

The Department exchanges ideas and learnings with other economies and social partners through formal and informal channels including:

•          The Australia-New Zealand Chief Executives Meeting

•          Windsor Conference

•          Hosting visits