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Documents on Australian Foreign Policy

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Dr. Matthew Jordan, Director (matthew.jordan AT dfat.gov.au)

Historical Research Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Historical Research Section
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
R.G. Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent
BARTON, ACT 0221


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Project description:

Documents on Australian Foreign Policy (DAFP) is a project supported by successive governments since 1971. The mission of DAFP is to publish an accuate, comprehensive and impartial record of Australia’s foreign and trade policy. The content of volumes in the series is scrutinised by a Committee of Final Review comprising the Minister for Foreign Affairs and delegates of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. An Editorial Advisory Board, comprising eminent scholars and distinguished former public servants, together with representatives of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in attendance, advises the Minister for Foreign Affairs.


Founding Year: 1971


Documents on Australian Foreign Policy – Second Series

Scope: Thematical Scope
Description of scope: The second series, which is thematic rather than chronological, began in 1997 with publication of a volume of documents entitled The Australia-Japan Agreement on Commerce 1957. A further ten volumes have been published in the series covering a range of subjects including Australia and the Indonesian Incorporation of Portuguese Timor, the ANZUS Treaty, Recognition of the People’s Republic of China, Australia and the United Kingdom and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Status: Ongoing
Number of volumes: 50

The Australia-Japan Agreement on Commerce 1957 (1997)

Australia and the Indonesian Incorporation of Portuguese Timor, 1974-1976 (2000)

The ANZUS Treaty 1951 (2001)

Australia and Recognition of the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1972 (2002)

The Negotiation of the Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement 1983 (2003)

Australia and the Colombo Plan, 1949-1957 (2004)

Australia and the Formation of Malaysia, 1961-1966 (2005)

Australia and Papua New Guinea, 1966-1969 (2006)

Australia and the United Kingdom, 1960-1975 (2010)

Australia and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, 1945-1974 (2013)

Australia and the Rhodesian Problem, 1961-1972 (2017)




Documents on Australian Foreign Policy 1937–1949

Scope: Chronological
Number of volumes: 16
  • Volume I – 1937-1938 – Released 1975
  • Volume II – 1939 – Released 1976
  • Volume III – January – June 1979
  • Volume IV – July 1940 – June 1941 – Released 1980
  • Volume V – July 1941 – June 1942 – Released 1982
  • Volume VI – July 1942 – December 1943 – Released 1983
  • Volume VII – 1944 – Released 1988
  • Volume VIII – 1945 – Released 1989
  • Volume IX – January – June 1946 – Released 1991
  • Volume X – July – December 1946 – Released 1993
  • Volume XI – 1947 Australia and Indonesia’s Independence – Released 1994
  • Volume XII – 1947 Australia and the Post War World – Released 1995
  • Volume XIII – 1948 Indonesia: The Renville Agreement – Released 1996
  • Volume XIV – 1948-1949 Australia and the Post World War: The Commonwealth, Asia and the Pacific – Released 1998
  • Volume XV – 1949 Indonesia: The Transfer of Sovereignty – Released 1998
  • Volume XVI – 1948-1949 Australia and the Post War World:  Beyond the Region – Released 2001