Terms of Reference

Inquiry into supporting democracy in our region

How Australia can partner with countries in our region to promote democracy and the international rules-based order, with particular reference to:

  • Australia's interest in supporting the sovereignty and independence of our immediate neighbours;
  • the importance of stability, democracy and good governance for the wellbeing of all the people of our region;

  • how Australia can partner with our neighbours in promoting our shared democratic values and protecting democratic institutions;

  • the role of civil society organisations in supporting democracy in our region;

  • ways in which Australia can assist our neighbours in these objectives; and

  • any related matters.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2313

About this inquiry

The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has commenced an inquiry into matters related to supporting democracy in our region.


Track Inquiry

Past Public Hearings

01 Dec 2022:
24 Nov 2022:


Inquiry Status

Accepting Submissions

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The committee invites individuals and organisations to send in their opinions and proposals in writing (submissions)


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