Our visionĀ is for the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to be known as an exemplar in foreign affairs, trade and development impact and influence through embedded innovation practices.

We have recently released the new DFAT Innovation Strategy, which will guide us for the next three years. The strategy will seek to embed innovation across all of the Department’s work.

Our mission is to achieve impact through applying new tools and approaches, scaling capability and culture, empowering DFAT staff, and utilising innovation to maximise opportunity, security and strength for Australia and our region.


Leading innovation across DFAT & collaborating across whole of government; experimenting with new ideas, technologies and approaches.

Culture & Capability

Celebrating innovation across DFAT; ensuring processes back innovation; building capability.


Scaling innovation support across all of DFAT; scaling current early stage innovation projects.


Evaluating, benchmarking and sharing lessons learnt.