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Australia's First Diplomatic Academy!

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) established Australia's first Diplomatic Academy on 25 May 2016 as a leading-edge learning and development hub for all staff working to advance Australia's interests internationally.

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Diplomatic Academy Premises

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Diplomatic Academy is located at 44 Sydney Avenue, Forrest, Canberra, Australia.

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Diplomatic Academy Launched by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, officially launched the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Diplomatic Academy on Friday, 11 May 2018.

The Diplomatic Academy (Academy) is a leading-edge learning and development hub for all staff working to advance Australia’s interests internationally. We are training Australian officials in international engagement tradecraft, including in areas such as advocacy, negotiation, forecasting and strategic planning. The Academy focuses on our agenda in the Indo-Pacific and collaborates closely with other foreign ministries. We are about supporting a self-driven, proactive approach to learning; enabling a career-long investment in skills and capability; sharing expertise in modern diplomacy; transferring experience and knowledge; and sharpening and preserving our diplomatic tradecraft.

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The Academy

Find out about who we are, what we do and why, our audience, and the Academy Team.

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Faculties

There are nine faculties within the Academy, with strategic cross-cutting themes that underpin all faculties: gender awareness, innovation, knowledge management, and leadership and values.

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Learning Programs & Events

The Academy’s learning programs are organised around nine Faculties covering the full range of DFAT's operations. Each faculty has a specific curriculum, delivered across learning streams and learning levels, using the 70:20:10 Learning Model.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you want to find out more? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Contact Us

Email us at diplomaticacademy [at] dfat.gov.au