Talk:Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia)

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Department of FAT[edit]

The source of the reference:

15. A Tale of Two Public Servants, by the Department of FAT

By Jane Nethercote

Was the government right to sack a public servant and former ALP adviser for his email correspondence with the office of then Labor foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd? That's the question at the heart of Trent Smith v DFAT which continues today at the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. But it could be the iceberg's tip. Crikey e-mail, 22 May 2007

Not sure how to reference. Mattabat 10:21, 8 July 2007 (UTC)

Staff numbers[edit]

Hi, This should be merged, but I'm not 100% sure what it means

The department employs more than 3,300 people in Australia and overseas. One in four of the department's overseas staff are posted from Australia (generally for three years), with the rest employed from within local communities. DFAT manages a network of over 80 overseas posts, including Australian embassies, high commissions, consulates-general and consulates.
DFAT has around 3,300 employees, including 1,300 overseas staff (also known as LES - Locally Employed Staff). The remaining 2,000 are Australian commonwealth public servants. At any given time about one quarter of these A-based staff may posted overseas as diplomats.

Is it saying:

  • total: 3,300
  • Australians: 2000
  • Australians in Australia: 1500
  • Australians overseas: 500
  • LES: 1300

Or have I misunderstood? Regards, Ben Aveling 08:58, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

That's how I'd discern it.--cj | talk 04:21, 11 October 2006 (UTC) scarf wholesales and resales —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:20, 11 June 2008 (UTC)


Removed the following:

It is known but unspoken that "some" of the diplomats are secret agents for the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), which can be a useful cover to disguise travel whilst also providing diplomatic privileges such as diplomatic immunity. ASIS reports directly to and is controlled by the Minister for Foreign Affairs. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:04, 26 February 2014 (UTC)